The Florida Housing Finance Corporations sponsors a web-based housing locator service to connect people in need of housing with affordable and available rental housing throughout the state. FloridaHousingSearch.org allows landlords, including providers of critically needed affordable and special needs housing, to advertise their properties free of charge, while helping renters find a property that fits their needs.

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 that earn up to 120% of area median income (AMI) for their county.

FloridaHousingSearch.org currently has more than 160,000 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, the goal is to have have at least 180,000 units registered in the locator’s database.

The public can search for properties with available units 24 hours a day using the locator website or by calling the toll-free, bilingual search support call center at 1-(877) 428-8844 (TTD/TTY: 7-1-1) Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Eastern). Call center staff can assists callers with conducting searches, as well as providing affordable housing resources information and referral services. The website and call center both serve English- and Spanish-speaking people; also, the website can be translated into 30+ languages using the embedded Google Translator. Every month, more than 100,000 searches are conducted through FloridaHousingSearch.org and more than 3,500 calls are handled by the call center.

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