In response, lawmakers voted to provide millions to help people like Tamela Nelloms buy homes.
Nelloms grew up in an apartment complex. She always dreamed of owning her own home, but didnâ€™t know where to begin.
"You just kind of knew that lifestyle and there wasnâ€™t anyone else going through that process so I didnâ€™t see a path being taken," said Nelloms.
The 33 year-old single mom learned what to look for when shopping for a home with help from Florida Housing Finance Corporation. The state funded group teaches first time buyers what questions to ask lenders and real estate agents. It also provides fixed interest loans.
The loans are based on the average income per county. In some areas a person can get a loan even if their income is $99,000 a year.
Lawmakers voted to give Florida Housing an extra $20 millon to lend. Tamela qualified for a $10 thousand loan. She wonâ€™t have to pay it back until she sells her house.
"Once I was notified that I would be able to qualify for those dollars it made the process of purchasing a home a lot easier," said Nelloms.
Florida Housing Executive Director Steve Auger says education is the key, not money. Auger says if more people used the state funded programs, Florida wouldnâ€™t be in a foreclosure mess.
"We make sure that folks are ready for what theyâ€™re getting into and that accounts for our foreclosure rate which is dramatically lower than the conventional markets or the sub prime market," said Auger.
The low foreclosure rate is good news to Tamela. Sheâ€™s confident she hasnâ€™t gotten her family into a financial nightmare she canâ€™t afford.
Florida Housing helped nearly 5,000 families buy homes last year.
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