Part I State Housing Strategy 420.0001 – 420.0006
Part II Housing Development Corporation of Florida 420.101 – 420.171
Part III Low-Income Emergency Home Repair Program 420.36
Part IV Neighborhood Housing Rehabilitation Programs 420.421 – 420.429
Part V Florida Housing Finance Corporation 420.501 – 420.55
Part VI Affordable Housing; Coalitions for Homeless; Family Emergency Assistance 420.601 – 420.635
Part VII State Housing Initiatives Partnership 420.907 – 420.9089

Terms Used In Florida Statutes > Chapter 420 - Housing

  • Adjusted for family size: means adjusted in a manner which results in an income eligibility level which is lower for households with fewer than four people, or higher for households with more than four people, than the base income eligibility determined as provided in subsection (9), subsection (11), subsection (12), or subsection (17), based upon a formula as established by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. See Florida Statutes 420.0004
  • Adjusted for family size: means adjusted in a manner which results in an income eligibility level which is lower for households with fewer than four people, or higher for households with more than four people, than the base income eligibility level determined as provided in subsection (9), subsection (10), or subsection (12), based upon a formula as established by rule of the corporation. See Florida Statutes 420.602
  • Adjusted gross income: means all wages, assets, regular cash or noncash contributions or gifts from persons outside the household, and such other resources and benefits as may be determined to be income by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, adjusted for family size, less deductions allowable under…. See Florida Statutes 420.0004
  • Adjusted gross income: means all wages, assets, regular cash or noncash contributions or gifts from persons outside the household, and such other resources and benefits as may be determined to be income by rule of the department, adjusted for family size, less deductions allowable under…. See Florida Statutes 420.602
  • Advice and consent: Under the Constitution, presidential nominations for executive and judicial posts take effect only when confirmed by the Senate, and international treaties become effective only when the Senate approves them by a two-thirds vote.
  • Aeronautical study: means a Federal Aviation Administration study, conducted in accordance with the standards of 14 C. See Florida Statutes 333.01
  • Affordable: means that monthly rents or monthly mortgage payments including taxes, insurance, and utilities do not exceed 30 percent of that amount which represents the percentage of the median adjusted gross annual income for the households as indicated in subsection (9), subsection (11), subsection (12), or subsection (17). See Florida Statutes 420.0004
  • Affordable: means :
    (a) With respect to a housing unit to be occupied by very-low-income persons, that monthly rents, or monthly mortgage payments including property taxes and insurance, do not exceed 30 percent of that amount which represents 50 percent of the median adjusted gross annual income for the households within the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) or, if not within an MSA, within the county in which the housing unit is located, divided by 12. See Florida Statutes 420.602
  • Affordable housing debt: means debt issued by or loans made to the corporation, counties, municipalities, or other public agencies of this state or not-for-profit corporations or for-profit entities for the purpose of providing affordable housing to residents of the state. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Agency: means the 1Florida Housing Finance Agency as it exists before January 1, 1998, and thereafter as previously existing under state law. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Airport: means any area of land or water designed and set aside for the landing and taking off of aircraft and used or to be used in the interest of the public for such purpose. See Florida Statutes 333.01
  • Airport hazard: means an obstruction to air navigation which affects the safe and efficient use of navigable airspace or the operation of planned or existing air navigation and communication facilities. See Florida Statutes 333.01
  • Airport hazard area: means any area of land or water upon which an airport hazard might be established. See Florida Statutes 333.01
  • Airport land use compatibility zoning: means airport zoning regulations governing the use of land on, adjacent to, or in the immediate vicinity of airports. See Florida Statutes 333.01
  • Airport layout plan: means a set of scaled drawings that provides a graphic representation of the existing and future development plan for the airport and demonstrates the preservation and continuity of safety, utility, and efficiency of the airport. See Florida Statutes 333.01
  • Airport master plan: means a comprehensive plan of an airport which typically describes current and future plans for airport development designed to support existing and future aviation demand. See Florida Statutes 333.01
  • Airport protection zoning regulations: means airport zoning regulations governing airport hazards. See Florida Statutes 333.01
  • Allegation: something that someone says happened.
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Amortization: Paying off a loan by regular installments.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Appraisal: A determination of property value.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Authorized investments: means any of the following securities:
    (a) Investments permitted under…. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • Board of directors: means the board of directors of the corporation created pursuant to this part. See Florida Statutes 420.102
  • Bond: means any bond, debenture, note, or other evidence of financial indebtedness issued by the corporation under and pursuant to this act. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Clerk of court: An officer appointed by the court to work with the chief judge in overseeing the court's administration, especially to assist in managing the flow of cases through the court and to maintain court records.
  • Commercial fishing worker: means a laborer who is employed on a seasonal, temporary, or permanent basis in fishing in salt water or fresh water and who derived at least 50 percent of her or his income in the immediately preceding 12 months from such employment. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • Community housing development organization: means a nonprofit organization that has among its purposes the provision of affordable housing for low-income families and moderate-income families, maintains accountability to low-income community residents, has demonstrated the capacity to carry out affordable housing activities, and has a history of serving the local community. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Community-based organization: means a private corporation organized under chapter 617 to assist in the provision of housing and related services on a not-for-profit basis within a designated area, including a municipality, county, or area of more than one municipality or county. See Florida Statutes 420.602
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Contract: means the contract between the executive director of the department and the corporation for provision of housing services referenced in…. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Contribution: means a gift, subscription, conveyance, deposit, loan, payment, or distribution of money or anything of value, including contributions in kind having an attributable monetary value in any form, made directly or indirectly for the purpose of influencing an election. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Corporation: means the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. See Florida Statutes 420.0004
  • Corporation: as used in this part , means the Florida Housing Development Corporation created pursuant to this part. See Florida Statutes 420.102
  • Corporation: means the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Corporation: means the Florida Housing Finance Corporation as created in…. See Florida Statutes 420.602
  • Counterclaim: A claim that a defendant makes against a plaintiff.
  • Covered employee: means those corporation employees designated by rule of the corporation. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Department: means the Department of Economic Opportunity. See Florida Statutes 420.0004
  • Department: means the Department of Economic Opportunity. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Department: means the Department of Transportation as created under…. See Florida Statutes 333.01
  • Department: means the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. See Florida Statutes 499.61
  • Department: means the Department of Economic Opportunity. See Florida Statutes 420.602
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Development costs: means the sum total of all costs incurred in the development of a project which are approved by the corporation as reasonable and necessary. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Devise: To gift property by will.
  • Director: means the executive director of the Department of Economic Opportunity. See Florida Statutes 420.602
  • Disabling condition: means a diagnosable substance abuse disorder, serious mental illness, developmental disability, or chronic physical illness or disability, or the co-occurrence of two or more of these conditions, and a determination that the condition is:
    (a) Expected to be of long-continued and indefinite duration; and
    (b) Not expected to impair the ability of the person with special needs to live independently with appropriate supports. See Florida Statutes 420.0004
  • Division: means the Division of Bond Finance of the State Board of Administration. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Educational facility: means any structure, land, or use that includes a public or private kindergarten through 12th grade school, charter school, magnet school, college campus, or university campus. See Florida Statutes 333.01
  • Elderly: describes persons 62 years of age or older. See Florida Statutes 420.0004
  • Elderly: means persons 62 years of age or older; however, this definition does not prohibit housing from being deemed housing for the elderly as defined in subsection (20) if such housing otherwise meets the requirements of subsection (20). See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Eligible persons: means one or more natural persons or a family, irrespective of race, creed, national origin, or sex, determined by the corporation pursuant to a rule to be of low, moderate, or middle income. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Entitlement: A Federal program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of government that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the Federal Government, and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. Social Security and veterans' compensation and pensions are examples of entitlement programs.
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Escrow: Money given to a third party to be held for payment until certain conditions are met.
  • Essential services personnel: means natural persons or families whose total annual household income is at or below 120 percent of the area median income, adjusted for household size, and at least one of whom is employed as police or fire personnel, a child care worker, a teacher or other education personnel, health care personnel, a public employee, or a service worker. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Ether: means diethyl ether in any form. See Florida Statutes 499.61
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Ex officio: Literally, by virtue of one's office.
  • Farmworker: includes a person who has retired as a laborer due to age, disability, or illness. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: A government corporation that insures the deposits of all national and state banks that are members of the Federal Reserve System. Source: OCC
  • Fee simple: Absolute title to property with no limitations or restrictions regarding the person who may inherit it.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Financial institution: means any banking corporation or trust company, savings and loan association, insurance company, or related corporation, partnership, foundation, or other institution engaged primarily in lending or investing funds. See Florida Statutes 420.102
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Fixed Rate: Having a "fixed" rate means that the APR doesn't change based on fluctuations of some external rate (such as the "Prime Rate"). In other words, a fixed rate is a rate that is not a variable rate. A fixed APR can change over time, in several circumstances:
    • You are late making a payment or commit some other default, triggering an increase to a penalty rate
    • The bank changes the terms of your account and you do not reject the change.
    • The rate expires (if the rate was fixed for only a certain period of time).
  • Foreclosure: A legal process in which property that is collateral or security for a loan may be sold to help repay the loan when the loan is in default. Source: OCC
  • Fund: means the Florida Affordable Housing Trust Fund as created in this part. See Florida Statutes 420.602
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Guarantor: A party who agrees to be responsible for the payment of another party's debts should that party default. Source: OCC
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Housing for the elderly: means , for purposes of…. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Interest rate: The amount paid by a borrower to a lender in exchange for the use of the lender's money for a certain period of time. Interest is paid on loans or on debt instruments, such as notes or bonds, either at regular intervals or as part of a lump sum payment when the issue matures. Source: OCC
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Lending institution: means any bank or trust company, mortgage banker, savings bank, credit union, national banking association, savings and loan association, building and loan association, insurance company, the Florida Housing Development Corporation, or other financial institution or governmental agency authorized to transact business in this state and which customarily provides service or otherwise aids in the financing of mortgages on real property located in the state. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Local government: means a unit of local general-purpose government as defined in…. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Low-income persons: means one or more natural persons or a family, the total annual adjusted gross household income of which does not exceed 80 percent of the median annual adjusted gross income for households within the state, or 80 percent of the median annual adjusted gross income for households within the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) or, if not within an MSA, within the county in which the person or family resides, whichever is greater. See Florida Statutes 420.0004
  • Low-income persons: means one or more natural persons or a family, the total annual adjusted gross household income of which does not exceed 80 percent of the median annual adjusted gross income for households within the state, or 80 percent of the median annual adjusted gross income for households within the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) or, if not within an MSA, within the county in which the person or family resides, whichever is greater. See Florida Statutes 420.602
  • Members: means the members of the board of directors of the corporation. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • minor: includes any person who has not attained the age of 18 years. See Florida Statutes 1.01
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Moderate rehabilitation: means repair or restoration of a dwelling unit when the value of such repair or restoration is 40 percent or less of the value of the dwelling unit but not less than $10,000. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Moderate-income persons: means one or more natural persons or a family, the total annual adjusted gross household income of which is less than 120 percent of the median annual adjusted gross income for households within the state, or 120 percent of the median annual adjusted gross income for households within the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) or, if not within an MSA, within the county in which the person or family resides, whichever is greater. See Florida Statutes 420.0004
  • Moderate-income persons: means one or more natural persons or a family, the total annual adjusted gross household income of which is less than 120 percent of the median annual adjusted gross income for households within the state, or 120 percent of the median annual adjusted gross income for households within the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) or, if not within an MSA, within the county in which the household is located, whichever is greater. See Florida Statutes 420.602
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Mortgage: means :
    (a) A mortgage, mortgage deed, deed of trust, or other instrument:
  • Mortgage loan: means a financial obligation secured by a mortgage. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Mortgage loan: A loan made by a lender to a borrower for the financing of real property. Source: OCC
  • Mortgagee: The person to whom property is mortgaged and who has loaned the money.
  • Mortgagor: The person who pledges property to a creditor as collateral for a loan and who receives the money.
  • National Credit Union Administration: The federal regulatory agency that charters and supervises federal credit unions. (NCUA also administers the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund, which insures the deposits of federal credit unions.) Source: OCC
  • Nolo contendere: No contest-has the same effect as a plea of guilty, as far as the criminal sentence is concerned, but may not be considered as an admission of guilt for any other purpose.
  • Nonprofit housing corporation: means a nonprofit housing corporation incorporated pursuant to the provisions of Florida law relating to corporations not for profit. See Florida Statutes 420.102
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Obstruction: means any existing or proposed object, terrain, or structure construction or alteration that exceeds the federal obstruction standards contained in 14 C. See Florida Statutes 333.01
  • Officers: means the chair, vice chair, and secretary of the board of directors of the corporation. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See Florida Statutes 1.01
  • Person: means any individual, firm, copartnership, corporation, company, association, joint-stock association, or body politic, and includes any trustee, receiver, assignee, or other similar representative thereof. See Florida Statutes 333.01
  • Person with special needs: means an adult person requiring independent living services in order to maintain housing or develop independent living skills and who has a disabling condition; a young adult formerly in foster care who is eligible for services under…. See Florida Statutes 420.0004
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Pledged revenues: means revenues to be derived from the financing of residential housing, mortgages, or loan payments and any other revenues or assets that may be legally available to pay the principal of, redemption premium, if any, and interest on the bonds derived from sources other than ad valorem taxation, including revenues from other sources or any combination thereof and any funds or accounts designated by the corporation; however, in no event shall the full faith and credit of the state be pledged to secure such revenue bonds. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • political subdivision: include counties, cities, towns, villages, special tax school districts, special road and bridge districts, bridge districts, and all other districts in this state. See Florida Statutes 1.01
  • Political subdivision: means the local government of any county, municipality, town, village, or other subdivision or agency thereof, or any district or special district, port commission, port authority, or other such agency authorized to establish or operate airports in the state. See Florida Statutes 333.01
  • Precedent: A court decision in an earlier case with facts and law similar to a dispute currently before a court. Precedent will ordinarily govern the decision of a later similar case, unless a party can show that it was wrongly decided or that it differed in some significant way.
  • Project: means a specific work or improvement, including land, buildings, improvements, real and personal property, or any interest therein, acquired, owned, constructed, reconstructed, rehabilitated, or improved with the financial assistance of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, including the construction of low-income and moderate-income housing facilities and facilities incident or appurtenant thereto, such as streets, sewers, utilities, parks, site preparation, landscaping, and such other administrative, community, and recreational facilities as the Florida Housing Finance Corporation determines to be necessary, convenient, or desirable appurtenances. See Florida Statutes 420.102
  • Project: means any work or improvement located or to be located in the state, including real property, buildings, and any other real and personal property, designed and intended for the primary purpose of providing decent, safe, and sanitary residential housing for persons or families, whether new construction, the acquisition of existing residential housing, or the remodeling, improvement, rehabilitation, or reconstruction of existing housing, together with such related nonhousing facilities as the corporation determines to be necessary, convenient, or desirable. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • Public-use airport: means an airport, publicly or privately owned, licensed by the state, which is open for use by the public. See Florida Statutes 333.01
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Real property: means lands, structures, franchises, and interests in land, including lands under water and riparian rights, space and air rights, and any and all other interests and rights usually included within such term. See Florida Statutes 420.102
  • Real property: means all lands, including improvements and fixtures thereon and property of any nature appurtenant thereto or used in connection therewith, and every estate, interest, and right, legal or equitable, therein, including terms of years and liens by way of judgment, mortgage, or otherwise and the indebtedness secured by such liens. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Residential housing: means one or more new or existing residential dwelling units located or to be located in the state, including any buildings, land, improvements, equipment, facilities, or other real or personal properties which are necessary in connection therewith, including, but not limited to, related facilities for streets, sewers, and utilities. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Runway protection zone: means an area at ground level beyond the runway end to enhance the safety and protection of people and property on the ground. See Florida Statutes 333.01
  • Service provider: except as otherwise defined in…. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Services: means the professional services normally provided by the service provider. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Sponsor: means any individual, association, corporation, joint venture, partnership, trust, local government, or other legal entity or any combination thereof which:
    (a) Has been approved by the corporation as qualified to own, construct, acquire, rehabilitate, reconstruct, operate, lease, manage, or maintain a project; and
    (b) Except for a local government, has agreed to subject itself to the regulatory powers of the corporation. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • State: means the State of Florida. See Florida Statutes 420.102
  • State: means the State of Florida. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • State Board of Administration: means the State Board of Administration created by and referred to in…. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • State Housing Trust Fund: means the trust fund established pursuant to…. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Stockholder: means any financial institution authorized to do business within this state which undertakes to lend money to the corporation created pursuant to this part, upon its call, and in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. See Florida Statutes 420.102
  • Structure: means any object constructed, erected, altered, or installed, including, but not limited to, buildings, towers, smokestacks, utility poles, power generation equipment, and overhead transmission lines. See Florida Statutes 333.01
  • Substandard: means :
    (a) Any unit lacking complete plumbing or sanitary facilities for the exclusive use of the occupants;
    (b) A unit which is in violation of one or more major sections of an applicable housing code and where such violation poses a serious threat to the health of the occupant; or
    (c) A unit that has been declared unfit for human habitation but that could be rehabilitated for less than 50 percent of the property value. See Florida Statutes 420.0004
  • Substantial rehabilitation: means repair or restoration of a dwelling unit where the value of such repair or restoration exceeds 40 percent of the value of the dwelling. See Florida Statutes 420.503
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • Uniform Commercial Code: A set of statutes enacted by the various states to provide consistency among the states' commercial laws. It includes negotiable instruments, sales, stock transfers, trust and warehouse receipts, and bills of lading. Source: OCC
  • Very-low-income persons: means one or more natural persons or a family, not including students, the total annual adjusted gross household income of which does not exceed 50 percent of the median annual adjusted gross income for households within the state, or 50 percent of the median annual adjusted gross income for households within the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) or, if not within an MSA, within the county in which the person or family resides, whichever is greater. See Florida Statutes 420.0004
  • Very-low-income persons: means one or more natural persons or a family, not including students as defined herein, the total annual adjusted gross household income of which does not exceed 50 percent of the median annual adjusted gross income for households within the state, or 50 percent of the median annual adjusted gross income for households within the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) or, if not within an MSA, within the county in which the person or family resides, whichever is greater. See Florida Statutes 420.602
  • Writ of certiorari: An order issued by the Supreme Court directing the lower court to transmit records for a case for which it will hear on appeal.
  • writing: includes handwriting, printing, typewriting, and all other methods and means of forming letters and characters upon paper, stone, wood, or other materials. See Florida Statutes 1.01