Sadowski Affiliates


Sadowski Affiliates Logo.Stacked.PRINTThe Sadowski Housing Coalition is a nonpartisan collection of more than 30 diverse statewide organizations that initially came together in 1991 to obtain a dedicated revenue source for Florida’s affordable housing programs, now known as the Sadowski Act.

Facing today’s tough economic times, the Sadowski Housing Coalition urges the Florida Legislature to use Florida’s housing trust fund monies solely for housing and help create 30,000 jobs and $4 BILLION in positive economic impact in Florida.**

 

 

 

 

CALL TO ACTION
The House Budget Proposes to Zero out SHIP

No money at all for FY 2018-19 other than funding for hurricane recovery in communities impacted by the 2017 hurricanes. 

If this matters to you, please take action now.

Email or phone your representatives in the Florida House of Representatives. You can find your House members.

 

Write your own message or use/adapt this one:

Dear Representative _____________:

The residents of __________ County, including our workforce, our elderly and special needs populations, need affordable housing. Our employers and our economy need affordable housing. We thank our Senators for a budget that uses all the housing trust funds for housing; no sweeps. 

We urge our House members to stop sweeping the housing trust fund monies and join the Senate in using all the housing funds for housing. Please help your constituents by speaking up in favor of using housing funds for housing- we are relying upon you.

Please send a Thank you to your Senator- Find your Senator

Dear Senator __________:

The residents of __________ County, including our workforce, our elderly and special needs populations, need affordable housing. Our employers and our economy need affordable housing. We thank our Senators for a budget that uses all the housing trust funds for housing; no sweeps. 

We urge the Senate to hold firm to its position; we will encourage our House members to stop sweeping the housing trust fund monies and join the Senate in using all the housing funds for housing. Thank you for helping your constituents and the communities you serve by using the housing trust funds solely for housing.

 

 

 

SADOWSKI HOUSING TRUST FUNDS SUCCESS – 2017 Legislative Session

Below is the ESTIMATE of SHIP distributions by City and County for FY 17-18. These numbers are subject to change, based upon several factor.

 

BECOME A SADOWSKI AFFILIATE

MANY Voices, ONE Message, ALL Housing Funds

The Sadowski Coalition is a collection of about 30 statewide organizations which agree that the state and local housing trust funds should be used for only one thing: Florida’s housing programs. There are many local and regional organizations that also agree with this premise.

If you are with a local or regional organization and would like to be a part of this collective state message, you can join as a Sadowski Affiliate. There is no fee for becoming a Sadowski Affiliate- only the mutual agreement of understanding between all Sadowski Coalition and Affiliate members to bring a cohesive message to the Florida Legislature that all the state and local housing trust fund monies be used for existing housing programs.

As a Sadowski Affiliate, you can participate in regular conference calls regarding issues related to the housing trust funds and assist in the effort to have all of Florida’s housing trust funds used for housing.

The faster Florida’s housing market recovers, the faster Florida’s economy recovers. Housing dollars can put Florida’s out-of-work housing industry back to work repairing homes and improving the real estate market, and help reduce future state budget deficits.

Click here for the Sadowski Affiliates Facts. Click here for tips on Contacting your Legislator.

For more information on how to become a Sadowski Affiliate, simply email Johnitta Wells at wells@flhousing.org with the subject line “Join Sadowski Affiliates.”

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Insufficient Affordable Housing Limits Florida’s Economic Potential

The Florida Policy Institute recently published their report on affordable housing in Florida, Insufficient Affordable Housing Limits Florida’s Economic Potential.

Florida is a great place to visit, and even greater place to live. But for many Floridians struggling to make ends meet and looking to contribute to the state’s economy, it’s just not affordable.

Many low- and moderate- income households face housing costs that exceed 30 percent of their income. In addition, many face a lengthy commute to work, which compounds that cost burden. Affordable housing proximate to employers would not only alleviate this burden, but it would also spur economic growth, by providing new businesses with a reliable workforce and enabling residents the time and resources necessary to grow their communities.

Florida’s local communities and state policymakers both have a role to play in encouraging the development of affordable housing that will relieve a significant burden on families struggling to secure their future and help businesses start and grow.

Click here for the full report.

 

 

State Senator Passidomo Files Bipartisan Affordable Housing Legislation

Senator Passidomo & Representative Shaw Join to Stop Sweeps of State and Local Housing Trust

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With representatives from the 30 diverse statewide organizations that make up the Sadowski Coalition joining her in front of the Florida Senate Chamber doors in the State Capitol in Tallahassee, State Senator Kathleen Passidomo today announced she has filed bipartisan affordable housing legislation. This legislation, Senate Bill 874, would prohibit the sweep of the State and Local Housing Trust Fund. State Representative Sean Shaw is the sponsor of the House companion bill, House Bill 191.

Senator Passidomo was joined by Representative Shaw and Senate and House Co-sponsors, as well as Sadowski Coalition Facilitator Jaimie Ross and representatives from the Sadowski Coalition, including Danielle Scoggins, senior public policy representative for the Florida Realtors.

“I’m honored to announce today that I have filed legislation, Senate Bill 874, to stop the sweeps of the State and Local Housing Trust Fund,” said Senator Passidomo. “With this legislation, this much-needed funding can become a certainty, and we can begin to use all of our available housing resources toward solving our affordable housing problem. Florida’s state and local housing trust fund programs are national models – they work, but only to the degree that they are funded.”

Governor Rick Scott’s budget proposal, released today, showed a significant reduction in sweeps of Florida’s state and local housing trust funds. The Governor’s ’17-18 budget proposed a $224M sweep, while the ’18-19 budget proposes a much lower $91.8M sweep, affirming the Governor’s commitment to affordable housing in the wake of a disastrous hurricane season.

“…we are on the right track. And hopefully, SB 874 and HB 191 can bring us that much closer to the end goal of using all affordable housing trust fund monies toward their intended purpose – affordable housing,” said Senator Passidomo.

“I filed HB 191 in the House before our housing needs were exacerbated by Hurricane Irma and the displacement of our fellow Americans by Hurricane Maria,” said Representative Shaw. “Florida is proud to open our arms to our fellow Americans from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands who need refuge or intend to establish a new residence here. We must have more housing opportunities to make that happen, and it is time we stop the sweeping of affordable housing trust fund monies.”

“This year marks 25 years since the Sadowski Act became law with bipartisan support in Florida,” said Jaimie Ross, president and CEO of the Florida Housing Coalition, and facilitator of the Sadowski Coalition. “This landmark legislation was intended to create a source of funding for affordable housing that could be relied upon. There were no sweeps of the housing trust funds during the first 10 years. We need to bring back that norm. This legislation is intended to do that. The timing could not be better.”

“Florida Realtors has been a proud supporter of the state and local government housing trust funds from the very beginning because our members understand that every community relies on dependable and accessible housing options to stay vibrant and healthy,” said Carrie O’Rourke, vice president of public policy for Florida Realtors, which is a member of the Sadowski Coalition. “We applaud Senator Passidomo and Representative Shaw for being leaders on this important issue and for calling attention to one of the biggest hurdles facing the continued economic prosperity of our state. Only by working together can we solve Florida’s affordable housing problem.”

 

 

Sadowski Coalition Press Conference Urging Legislature to use Housing Trust Fund Monies for Housing- 2017 Press Conference

Members of more than 30 statewide organizations, representing diverse interests from industry and business, faith-based groups, low-income advocates, advocates for the elderly, local governments, and growth management, from the Sadowski Housing Coalition, held a press conference on March 2, 2017, to call on the Florida Legislature to appropriate all the housing trust fund monies for housing in FY 2017-18.

During the press conference, the Florida Housing Coalition released the 2017 Home Matters for Florida report. Home Matters for Florida includes up-to-date data on housing costs in Florida, cost-burdened families, homelessness, wages, and other factors that drive Florida’s affordable housing need.

The Home Matters for Florida report sends a clear message: Fully appropriating the Sadowski Trust Funds for housing is one of the most powerful things we can do for low-income Floridians and the state’s overall economy. If the projected $292.37 million in Sadowski State and Local Trust Funds are fully appropriated, the resulting affordable housing development will create nearly 29,000 jobs and $3.8 billion in positive economic impact.

 

             

(Top Left Corner: Jaimie Ross, Facilitator of Sadowski Coalition, and President/CEO for the Florida Housing Coalition; Anitra Highland, SHIP recipient and local law enforcement officer; George Romagnoli, Community Development Director for Pasco County and Chair of Florida Housing Coalition; Brewster Bevis, Sr. Vice President of State and Federal Affairs for Associated Industries of Florida; Dorene Barker, Associate State Director AARP of Florida; Carrie O’Rourke, Vice President of Public Policy for the Florida Realtors)

Several guest speakers attested to the impact of the Sadowski Trust Funds:

  • Jaimie Ross, Facilitator of Sadowski Coalition, and President and CEO for the Florida Housing Coalition
  • Anitra Highland, SHIP recipient and local law enforcement officer
  • George Romagnoli, Community Development Director for Pasco County Community Development
  • Brewster Bevis, Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs for Associated Industries of Florida
  • Dorene Barker, Associate State Director for AARP of Florida
  • Carrie O’Rourke, Vice President of Public Policy for the Florida Realtors

Our deepest thanks to everyone who made the 2017 Home Matters for Florida release a success!

 

SADOWSKI AFFILIATES WEBINAR

The Florida Housing Coalition is hosting a free webinar for Sadowski Affiliates. There is no cost. It is open to ALL HOUSING TRUST FUND ADVOCATES, including all SHIP Administrators and everyone else who wants the Legislature to use all the housing trust fund money for Florida’s affordable housing programs.

In Case you Missed it….

In case you missed it, click here to see the most recent Sadowski webinar recordings, PowerPoint presentation, as well as other materials used during that webinar.

 

BECOME A SADOWSKI AFFILIATE

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MANY Voices, ONE Message, ALL Housing Funds

The Sadowski Coalition is a collection of about 30 statewide organizations which agree that the state and local housing trust funds should be used for only one thing: Florida’s housing programs. There are many local and regional organizations that also agree with this premise.

If you are with a local or regional organization and would like to be a part of this collective state message, you can join as a Sadowski Affiliate. There is no fee for becoming a Sadowski Affiliate- only the mutual agreement of understanding between all Sadowski Coalition and Affiliate members to bring a cohesive message to the Florida Legislature that all the state and local housing trust fund monies be used for existing housing programs.

As a Sadowski Affiliate, you can participate in regular conference calls regarding issues related to the housing trust funds and assist in the effort to have all of Florida’s housing trust funds used for housing.

For more information on how to become a Sadowski Affiliate, simply email Johnitta Wells at wells@flhousing.org with the subject line “Join Sadowski Affiliates.”

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Membership in the Sadowski Affiliates is free thanks to support from JPMorgan Chase & Co.

 

Step-by-Step Guide to Talking with Your Legislators

  1. Contact Your Legislator Where They Live
  2. Schedule a meeting with your Legislator or legislative aide in your district
  3. Notify Jaimie Ross at 850-212-0587 or ross@flhousing.org to let her know when the meeting is to help prepare
  4. Materials for the Meeting
  5. Send a thank you to legislator
  6. Finally and most importantly we would like FEEDBACK: Follow up with Jaimie Ross 850-212-0587 or ross@flhousing.org to let her know how the meeting went and if any follow up

 

For more information, please contact the Florida Housing Coalition at 850-878-4219.