Florida is known as the Sunshine State. And yet, the solar is almost never used in the construction of affordable housing. Solar energy is an innovation in affordable housing whose time has come at the New Horizon Apartments. A faith-based nonprofit, preserved affordable housing through rehab of a rundown apartment complex—taking it from an unlivable state to the state of the art in energy efficiency and healthy living. With assistance from the City of Orlando, New Horizon Apartments are now 100% solar and this 58 unit apartment complex is covered in an edible landscape for a community garden serving the residents. The second innovation showcased is Villa Aurora developed by Carrfour Supportive Housing, Florida’s leading nonprofit tax credit developer, provides 76 apartments serving Florida’s most vulnerable residents, built on top of a public library. This workshop will highlight these innovations and open the floor for others to talk about their ideas, whether operational or inspirational for innovations in affordable housing.