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Realtors, homebuilders call on lawmakers not to raid affordable housing trust fund

Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, spoke at the news conference called to urge lawmakers to appropriate all the housing trust fund monies for housing. Photo: Gray Rohrer

Groups representing homeless advocates, realtors, homebuilders, federal housing program administrators and other organizations banded together Tuesday to push legislators not to sweep the affordable housing trust fund this year.

Ranging from business lobbies like the Florida Chamber of Commerce to legal aid groups like the Florida Legal Services, the Sadowski Housing Coalition is hoping a larger budget surplus will prevent lawmakers from raiding the trust fund this year, something they’ve only done twice in 12 years.

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