COVID-19 Resources

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With the coronavirus hitting all sectors of the economy, FHBA in conjunction with NAHB, is working diligently to mitigate its effects on the residential construction sector.

Our current outlook calls for markedly negative second quarter GDP growth and a jump in job losses. The Federal Reserve acted aggressively to lower the federal funds rate to effectively zero and restart a program to purchase mortgage-backed securities. These actions should help stabilize mortgage interest rates.

In the near-term, builders should be prepared for approval and other business delays, check on their subs and workforce, and watch their cash reserves. Once mitigation efforts end to check the spread of the coronavirus, housing should be set for a rebound given low mortgage rates.

Please use the links below to access information from local and federal government organizations as well as for updates from the National Home Builders Association.

Click here to see Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard, updated regularly by the Florida Department of Health, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection.

Click here to read the letter submitted to Governor DeSantis on March 20, 2020 urging him to designate home construction as an “Essential Infrastructure Business” in Florida. To download a template of this letter to use for your HBA to send to your local government, click here.

Click here to read the letter submitted to Governor DeSantis on March 20, 2020 from FHBA, Florida Realtors and the Florida Land Title Association.

Click here to access the complete and final report of Governor DeSantis’ Re-Open Florida Taskforce. 

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A complete list of all Executive Orders from Governor DeSantis

Clarification for EO 20-91

Executive Orders

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FHBA and our local affiliates have worked together to create a space to share local emergency orders and essential services all in one place.

To see what your county/city currently has in place or to see other ordinances across the state, click here.

To access a complete list of links to local city and county emergency orders, click here.

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Please click here to see the latest guidance of “essential” workforce released by the US Department of Homeland Security on Saturday March 28.

Specifically you’ll want to note the following:

RESIDENTIAL/SHELTER FACILITIES AND SERVICES

• Workers responsible for the leasing of residential properties to provide individuals and families with ready access to available housing.

• Workers responsible for handling property management, maintenance, and related service calls who can coordinate the response to emergency “at-home” situations requiring immediate attention, as well as facilitate the reception of deliveries, mail, and other necessary services.

• Workers performing housing construction related activities to ensure additional units can be made available to combat the nation’s existing housing supply shortage.

• Workers performing services in support of the elderly and disabled populations who coordinate a variety of services, including health care appointments and activities of daily living.

• Workers supporting the construction of housing, including those supporting government functions related to the building and development process, such as inspections, permitting and plan review services that can be modified to protect the public health, but fundamentally should continue and serve the construction of housing (e.g., allow qualified private third-party inspections in case of government shutdown).

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