Elderly and Kids Not Moving Out

From elderly to kids not moving out, lack of affordable housing a concern in Palm Beach County Read the Palm Beach Post article By Larry Keller Special to The Post Posted Feb 4, 2020 at 6:15 PM   Speaking at The Kravis Center, President and CEO of Housing Leadership Council of Palm Beach County Suzanne Cabrera said residents who are elderly, disabled or have special needs sometimes pay more than 80 percent of their income on housing. Suzanne Cabrera fields an array of phone calls from people desperate for an affordable place to live in her position as president and CEO of Housing Leadership Council of Palm Beach County. “I get a lot of calls from the elderly,” she told an audience of perhaps 400 people at a Kravis Center luncheon sponsored by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. “But the second-highest category is parents saying I

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Palm Beach Tenants Union

Palm Beach Tenants Union

Interested in supporting this GoFundMe, https://www.gofundme.com/f/emergency-relief-for-Floridas-Flint?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet. Even a small donation could help Palm Beach County Tenants Union reach their fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

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Housing advocates: Lawmakers Raiding Our Funds

Housing advocates: Lawmakers Raiding Our Funds

Link to Palm Beach Post article. Housing advocates: Lawmakers Raiding Our Funds Sadowski Trust fund being used for other purposes, they say By Kristina Webb Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH – A “stunning number” of state dollars dedicated to housing issues have been scraped away by Florida lawmakers for the past decade — and it’s time for that to stop, advocates said this month. More than $2 billion over the past 10 years have been taken out of the Sadowski Trust Fund, a fund originally intended to pay for housing programs and improvements, said Suzanne Cabrera, president and CEO of the Housing Leadership Council of Palm Beach County. That’s money that could go toward helping thousands of low-income Palm Beach County residents secure more consistent, safe places to live, she said. The county faces a dire need for workforce housing for low- and middle-income households, including seniors,

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Conditions in Belle Glade Housing

Conditions in Belle Glade Housing

“Rats, Rodents Mold . . .” “NBC News on Conditions in Belle Glade Housing We collaborated with NBC news earlier last month to gather information on the housing conditions in Belle Glade’s Okeechobee Center, a former work camp used predominately to house segregated black farmworkers.  The article, released this morning online, includes interviews with tenants/clients, the history of exploited farmworkers as captured through the “Harvest of Shame” CBS video in 1960, and the ongoing resistance of the Housing Authority of Belle Glade to rectify habitability issues in this community, largely funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. We hope that the article will continue to shed light on the problems in the Glades and to help resolve long-standing health and safety issues. Please see link below: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/rats-roaches-mold-under-usda-s-watch-some-rural-public-n1057016

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Advocate for Affordable Housing

Advocate for Affordable Housing

By Sammy R. Alzofon, Affordable Housing Issue Group Fresh from the League of Women Voters State Convention victory: housing trust funds are now an official issue for 2019/2020, we traveled south to attend Broward County’s League of Women Voters Affordable Housing Forum on June 22nd. We learned a lot from a panel of experts: Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich; Broward Housing Council Chair, Marcia Barry Smith; Pinnacle Development Regional VP, Timothy Wheat; and AARP Livable Communities, Ken Reinhardt. The forum was not about what is needed in South Florida – we all know we’re in crisis – it was what to do about it!   What You Can Do Vote for people who put Affordable Housing at the top of their priority list. Make Affordable Housing an election issue in 2020. Contact your state representative and state senator. Ask what they can do to legislate changes for more affordable housing.

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Legislative Budget Update

Legislative Budget Update- Register for Upcoming Webinar- May 6 Dear Sadowski Coalition and Sadowski Affiliates:Mark Hendrickson created the Housing Budget Chart below based on the May 1 published budget numbers. Click the chart to see far right column for final numbers from the legislature. We will have a Sadowski Affiliates Webinar on Monday, May 6 at 11 am to review the final budget from the legislature and to talk about possible next steps. REGISTER HERE If you have any questions or comments, please contact Johnitta Wells at wells@flhousing.org. Membership in the Sadowski Affiliates is free thanks to support from JPMorgan Chase & Co. Copyright © 2019 Florida Housing Coalition, All Rights Reserved.

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How did affordable housing trust funds fare?

How did affordable housing trust funds fare?

Sammy R. Alzofon Affordable Housing Issue Group sammy.alzofon@gmail.com Sadowski Act state and local housing trust funds were the focus of advocacy work all over the state, from the adjournment of last year’s legislature until the close of this year’s. As the legislature convened, the Senate, as last year, recommended full funding. The surprise was the same recommendation from the Governor’s Office. Full funding means the use of all the documentary stamp tax funds allocated for the Sadowski trust fund be used for housing, this year $331,000,000. Since 2001 the legislature has taken two billion trust fund dollars for other purposes, with more than $125 million to be taken this year. The House initially recommended no allocations at all, reserving all appropriated funds for Hurricane Michael-struck counties. The long delay in the distribution of federal disaster dollars is reflected in the final Hurricane Michael funding, estimated to be $115,000,000 in housing

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