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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – Governor Rick Scott has signed off on a $200 million plan in order to fund a variety of housing programs.

The Mortgage Settlement Bill (SB 1852) was approved on Tuesday after major banks and 49 states agreed on a national mortgage settlement last year.

The plan will set aside money for everything from domestic violence shelters to affordable housing programs and Habitat for Humanity.

In January, House Speaker Will Weatherford  said there was no intention to do a “bait and switch” and use the settlement money to replace programs already receiving state funding.

However, the final state budget diverted money from trust funds set aside for affordable housing into other programs.

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