For some inexplicable reason the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) is about to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) for High Priority Special Needs funding, which specifically excludes Miami-Dade County from applying. Their draft RFP states that there will be a preference for projects that will serve homeless veterans with special needs. Miami-Dade has the highest population of homeless veterans in the state. It’s unfathomable that the one county with the highest need for this type of housing would be excluded. As the largest county in the state, it is the largest generator for the tax credits which will fund this RFP. It is only just to allow organizations in Miami-Dade the opportunity to fairly compete for these funds that can improve the living conditions of our veterans and other special needs populations. To do otherwise is an affront to both our veterans and our community. I urge officials to reconsider this ill-advised recommendation.
Doug Mayer, Miami