The threat of homelessness has always loomed over struggling homeowners in our region, and often the only true safety net for families is a well managed affordable rental community. So when I read the credentials of the members of Gov. Crist appointed Anti-Foreclosure Task Force I was at the very least disappointed with the lack of representation from the Multi-housing industry leadership(FAA). Below are ideal candidates for Gov. Crist's consideration- (left to right) Marc Rosenwasser NAA Vice Chairman, Dave Watkins CAPS NAA Immediate Past Chairman of the Board , Mark Ogier, CPM President of FAA.
Task Force Members:
Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink
Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp
Sens. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge
Tony Hill, D-Jacksonville
Reps. Franklin Sands, D-Plantation
Garrett Richter, R-Naples
Alex Sanchez, president and CEO, Florida Bankers Association
D. Ritch Workman, president, Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers
Mike Fields, president, Bank of America Tallahassee
Thomas Kuntz, chairman, president and CEO, SunTrust Bank, Florida
Nancy Riley, past-president, Florida Association of Realtors
Bill Newton, executive director, Florida Consumer Action Network
Steve Auger, executive director, Florida Housing Finance Corp.
In 2007, Florida ranked second in the number of home foreclosures, with twice as many foreclosures than in 2006. In addition, one out of every 95 households experienced foreclosure in the state last year, a more than 275 percent jump when compared with 2006. I truly believe that the Multi-housing rental industry has without a doubt served as refuge for so many of the Floridians counted in these statistics and our industry's perspective will be necessary to make this initiative a true success.