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Letter to the Editor, Palm Beach Post

Sammy Alzofon  | Published on 9/6/2018


Affordable housing is a critical issue

I was glad to see that the editorial on Sunday, “Florida’s much-watched governor’s race hinges on state issues,” included affordable housing among the critical issues that the candidates for governor must address.

Too frequently, the crises of gun safety and sea-level rise tend to push this issue off the front page.

Close to 1.94 million low-income Florida households, including a substantial proportion of our senior and disabled populations, are paying more than 30 percent of their incomes for housing. Meanwhile, our elected leaders since have stripped $2.2 billion from the Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Fund that could have been spent on assisting low-income renters and homeowners. Our leaders must recognize that the Sadowski Fund is not a piggy bank they can raid. Affordable housing is an urgent issue and every cent in that designated fund should be spent on housing.

The Palm Beach Post, Wednesday, September 5, 2018