​Florida Housing’s Locator Services Links Households

    with

    Affordable Rental Units

    - Service Offers Real-Time Rental Info -

    Florida Housing provides a web-based housing locator service linking people with affordable and available rental housing throughout Florida. FloridaHousingSearch.org allows landlords, including providers of critically needed affordable and special needs housing, to advertise their properties FREE of charge, while helping renters to find a property and that fits their needs, including accessibility. Through a partnership with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, FloridaHousingSearch.org also includes a separate search engine for locating assisted living facilities and adult family care homes.

    The expanded housing locator service allows all private and publicly funded landlords statewide to list rental units that are affordable for households who earn up to 120 percent of their area’s average median income. FloridaHousingSearch.org currently has more than 150,000 affordable rental units registered in its database, with approximately 10,000 of those listed as available. “With the support of State Agencies, local governments and community stakeholders we have a goal of having at least 180,000 units registered in the Locator’s database.

    Every month more than 100,000 searches are conducted through FloridaHousingSearch.org and more than 5000 calls are handled by the locator’s toll-free call-center. “We want the locator to serve as an invaluable tool for families, persons with disabilities, elderly persons or households with special needs that are searching for affordable housing in their communities,” said Florida Housing’s Executive Director, Steve Auger. “It important to Florida Housing to provide this public service, we especially think it is vital now during these tough economic times and in planning ahead to serve displaced persons during other crises, such as natural disasters.”

    The public can search for properties with AVAILABLE units listed on FloridaHousingSearch.org on-line 24 hours a day or by contacting the toll-free, bilingual search support call center at 1-877-428-8844 (TTD/TTY: 7-1-1) Monday through Friday, 9 am to 8 pm EST. The call center staff assists persons with conducting searches, as well as providing affordable housing resources information and referral services. The Web site and call-center serves English and Spanish speaking persons.

    Search and Result Features include:

  • Search by city, county, street address, and/or zip code
  • Number of bedrooms/bathrooms
  • Telephone number for leasing agent
  • Rent amount
  • HUD Section 8 voucher acceptance
  • Proximity to public transit
  • Utilities included
  • Target populations, such as the elderly and persons with disabilities
  • Accessible units and accessibility features
  • Map links and pictures

 

In addition, the Web site connects people to other housing resources through on-line links and provides helpful tools for renters such as an affordability calculator, rental checklist, and renter rights and responsibilities information.

       

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