Rapid Response Eviction Assistance Project

Rapid Response Eviction Assistance Project

August 6, 2020 The links below talk about the new eviction assistance available through Legal Aid. There is not only legal assistance to keep folks from acquiring a court record but financial assistance to pay back rent. https://www.wflx.com/2020/07/30/new-program-launching-help-renters-avoid-eviction/ https://bocanewsnow.com/2020/08/05/stop-evictions-legal-aid-society-forms-rapid-response-team-for-palm-beach-county/ Rapid Response Eviction Assistance Project Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County is launching a new program to help tenants impacted by COVID19. To help individuals avoid homelessness due to the impending expiration of the State of Florida’s four-month moratorium on evictions, the Legal Aid Society is offering free legal services and rental assistance to eligible tenants in Palm Beach County. Through funding and support provided by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, the Rapid Response Eviction Assistance Project (RREAP) will assist individuals who have received a three-day notice or demand for rent from their landlord, who have been served with an eviction lawsuit, or who need help understanding

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Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It

Even after a vaccine joins the fight against Covid 19, the long term health effects and costs will remain in your community. It will take long term health resources, such as Medicare, Medicaid and community health centers to continue our response. And the way to secure those resources is to answer the Census NOW. Ask all your friends, organizations, congregations and neighbors to respond by going to www.2020census.gov for information in your own language. It takes just a few minutes to respond by phone (1-844-330-2020) or on line. And every response will bring over $30,000 to Florida during the next decade. The majority of that money will be for health programs.

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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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