Access to safe, decent and affordable housing, for many in our service area, remains elusive. All too often families struggle just to afford the basic cost of a home. Additionally, the Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected low to moderate-income households, further exacerbating the ever-growing need for affordable housing. Unfortunately, hammers and nails alone cannot fully address this social ill. Both broad-based and targeted policies need to be enacted (and sometimes repealed) to enhance access to affordable housing and ultimately accomplish our vision in which everyone has a decent place to live.
COVID-19 remains an issue, hundreds of thousands of Floridians are out of work, there is a looming eviction crisis and Florida is staring down the barrel of billions of dollars in budget deficits. When the Florida Legislature convenes for the 2021 legislative session, there won’t be too many easy options. Tough decisions will need to be made, including budget cuts, cuts to services, and other cuts in discretionary spending. However, this year unlike any other years in recent history, the legislature must fully appropriate the Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Fund.