The 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 30,730 jobs and $4.4 BILLION in positive economic impact in Florida.
CALL TO ACTION
Contact Appropriations Chair Cummings
It was reported by Florida Phoenix that House Appropriations Chair Representative Travis Cummings stated: for the House to advance a “responsible” budget, “we’ll probably take a hard and serious look at sweeping at some level.” He cited other pressing needs in the new budget including a troubled prison system, education initiatives, and health-care programs.
Now is the time to contact Chair Cummings. Please craft your own message or use the following:
Dear Chair Cummings:
The Governor’s budget, which includes using all the Sadowski Trust funds for housing, is a responsible budget; we respectfully urge the House to take this same responsible action. To do otherwise is to increase the housing crisis and hurt Florida’s economy. Using all the housing trust funds for housing generates 30,000 jobs and more than $4 billion in positive economic benefit, in addition to providing homes for Florida’s workforce, veterans, and most vulnerable populations.
Florida has no budget deficit. Florida’s housing programs can be fully funded within a balanced budget. Please help your constituents by appropriating all the Sadowski state and local housing trust funds for housing. We are relying upon your leadership to help end Florida’s housing crisis.
House Appropriations Chair Rep. Travis Cummings
District Office: (904) 278-5761
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact the Florida Housing Coalition at info@FLHousing.org or 850-878-4219.
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.
To become a Sadowski Affiliate, email Johnitta Wells at email@example.com.
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.
Legislaltor Specific Sadowski Funding
Below are the legislator specific Sadowski Funding pages for each Florida legislator, both House and Senate. Each legislator’s page will provide information about how much SHIP funding should be coming to their district in comparison to how much SHIP actually was appropriated to their district because of the sweeps.
Florida's Affordable Housing
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Step-by-Step Guide to Talking with Your Legislators
- Contact Your Legislator Where They Live
- Schedule a meeting with your Legislator or legislative aide in your district
- Notify Jaimie Ross at 850-212-0587 or firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know when the meeting is to help prepare
- Materials for the Meeting
- Sadowski Affiliate: Sadowski Affiliates One Pager
- Download and share real stories with your legislator.
- If you know your legislator is interested in a particular subset of Florida’s population:
- Send a thank you to legislator
- Finally and most importantly we would like FEEDBACK: Follow up with Jaimie Ross 850-212-0587 or email@example.com to let her know how the meeting went and if any follow up
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…. See the most recent Sadowski webinar recordings, PowerPoint presentation, as well as other materials used during that webinar.
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