HELP US KEEP REPORTING. DONATE TO ORLANDO WEEKLY PRESS CLUB.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Lawmakers propose protections for Florida's affordable housing trust fund

Posted By on Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 1:06 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO VIA ADOBE IMAGES
  • Photo via Adobe Images
Florida Rep. Tina Polsky and Sen. Lori Berman filed companion measures Friday that would require the repayment of funds swept from the Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Fund

The Sadowski fund was created by the Florida Legislature in 1992. Its purpose is to create a dedicated revenue source for affordable housing.



In recent years, though, the GOP-controlled Legislature has continually used the funds for other projects. Last year, following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that claimed 17 lives, state lawmakers used millions from the fund to boost school security. In 2017, former Gov. Rick Scott plugged the money into economic projects.

This year, there have been hints that some lawmakers are pushing to use the funds to help pay for Hurricane Michael recovery efforts.

"I believe the funds should be reimbursed if swept so that desperately needed affordable housing in all of Florida, and specifically in areas of urgent need, remain a high priority in the budget," says Polsky, D-Boca Raton, in a news release.

In the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area, only 17 rental units are available for every 100 extremely low-income renters, according to a 2018 report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Meanwhile, renters in Orlando must earn a minimum of $16.33 an hour – which translates to $33,690 a year – to afford a studio apartment and not be cost-burdened, which is when a household spends more than 30 percent of its income on rent and utilities.

"No one should have to choose between paying for their rent or putting food on the table," says Berman, D-Boynton Beach. "By protecting the dollars in the Sadowski Trust Fund we are taking a critical step in ensuring a prosperous future for all Floridians."

The legislative session kicks off Tuesday, March 5.

Stay on top of Orlando news and views. Sign up for our weekly Headlines newsletter.

Tags: , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 21, 2020

View more issues

Calendar

© 2020 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation