Wages for Individuals with Disabilities Impacted Under New Federal Contract Rules
February 14, 2014
President Obama signed an Executive Order raising the Federal Minimum Wage to $10.10 per hour for all Federal Contractors. This order includes a raise for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who may currently work under special minimum wage certificates on Federal Contracts. Highlights of the order are listed below. To read the full order click here.
Raising the Minimum Wage through Executive Order to $10.10 for Federal Contract Workers
Details of the Executive Order
Florida Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day Announced
January 21, 2014
The Arc of Florida has teamed with the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council to host the 2014 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day at the Florida Capitol on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities will also participate.
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day is an opportunity for members of the disability community to meet with legislators and advocate for issues important to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (I/DD) Exhibitor opportunities are also available.
Photo: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day 2013
Photo: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day 2011
Housing Improvements Announced For Floridians with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The Arc of Florida Chapters Awarded More Than $1.2 Million for Construction
December 13, 2013
The Board of Directors of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation today voted to award $1,276,724 in grants to eight chapters of The Arc of Florida. Funds were appropriated by the Florida Legislature during the 2013 Legislative Session. They will be used to build new and renovate existing homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (I/DD)
"This is wonderful news for the individuals our agencies serve," said Deborah Linton, Chief Executive Officer of The Arc of Florida, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with I/DD. "The funding will allow our chapters to keep their group homes updated and continue to provide high quality places for Floridians with I/DD to live."
Several months ago, The Arc of Florida hired a consultant to work with chapters developing their proposals. Chapters receiving funds include:
The Arc of the Nature Coast/Hernando County $325,000
UPARC/Pinellas County $60,000
The work will begin sometime in early 2014 and be completed by September 30, 2015
Funding for The Arc Village Approved
(News Release from The Arc Jacksonville)
December 13, 2013
Jacksonville, FL, December 13, 2013– The Board of The Florida Housing Finance Corporation today approved an award of almost $10.8 million in affordable housing tax credits plus $4.5 million in state funds (including a $1.5 million developmental disability grant) for construction of The Arc Village, a planned neighborhood for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be located near the intersection of Hodges and Beach Boulevards. These funds will be added to $2.4 million pledged in community philanthropy to secure the $17.7 million necessary for The Arc Jacksonville to move forward with The Village project. A gap of $4 million in additional philanthropy is needed to complete The Arc Village campaign. Groundbreaking for The Arc Village project is anticipated in late Spring 2014, and completion of construction is expected in Spring 2015.
The affordable housing tax credit program is governed by the U.S. Department of Treasury, under provisions of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 and the Internal Revenue Code. Funds are allocated according to population to states for distribution. The program in Florida is operated by The Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC). The Florida Housing board announced the award to The Arc Village project at their meeting in Orlando.
Private philanthropy raised during The Arc Jacksonville's capital campaign "silent phase" was critical to accompany the tax credit award and additional state grant funding in order to provide a total of an estimated $17.7 million necessary for initial construction and development for The Arc Village. The additional $4 million being sought will fund furnishings for common areas, vehicles, equipment, core staff training, start-up operations and an endowment.
The Arc Jacksonville Village supporters will gather to celebrate this milestone on Wed., December 18, 2013 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the agency headquarters, 1050 North Davis Street.
The Arc Jacksonville is a 501(c)3 nonprofit advocacy and assistance organization established in 1965 to serve adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Approximately 400 adults benefit daily from day programs, residential homes, young adult experiences and services in employment, mental health and behavior modification.