Florida launching program to help first-time homeowners in over 50 professions

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced $100 million initiative in Cape Coral

DeSantis announces Hometown Heroes housing initiative in Cape Coral. (Copyright 2022 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the launch of a program Monday that will assist Floridians in over 50 professions buy their first homes.

The governor announced the $100 million Hometown Heroes initiative during a news conference at the Cape Coral Police Department.

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“We want to make sure that those frontline workers, people we consider to be Hometown Heroes, are able to to not only work and serve the community but do so where they’re able to afford things, like buying their first home,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis said the initiative will help the following roles in Florida:

  • Sworn law enforcement officers
  • Paramedics
  • Firefighters
  • EMTs
  • 911 operators
  • Correctional operators
  • Probation juvenile detention officers
  • Teachers
  • Childcare operators and daycare instructors
  • Registered nurses, home health aides and health care practitioners

The governor also announced military veterans, active duty service members and surviving spouses of deceased veterans will qualify for assistance whether they’re first-time homebuyers or not.

“This will be the highest and most inclusive income eligibility of any of Florida’s housing down payments assistance programs that we’ve ever had in this state, and it’s a revolving loan program, so it’s an investment that has the potential to serve Floridians for years to come,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis said the assistance program will begin July 1, but Floridians will be able to apply through their lenders on Wednesday, June 1.

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