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.
LINDA GELLER-SCHWARTZ BOCA RATON
The Palm Beach Post, Wednesday, September 5, 2018