Posts tagged ‘central florida’

July 10, 2009

A letter from Representitive Alan Grayson

Dear Mr. Shaw:

Thank you for contacting me with your opinions on legislative issues. Hearing from the people of Central Florida helps me better represent the 8th District.

As we move forward and address tough issues like the economy, health care reform, and other important legislation in the 111th Congress, know that I will be taking your thoughts into consideration.

Again, I appreciate hearing from you. If I can be of assistance to you or your family in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me at any of my offices.

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June 21, 2009

Sadowski Housing Trust Fund

Florida continues to face its greatest housing crisis ever, despite having prepared for such a crisis in 1992 with the establishment of the Sadowski Housing Trust Fund.

Yet, in 06/07, when the Sadowski Housing Trust Fund doc stamp tax generated more nearly $940 million dollars, only $545 million was allocated for housing and hurricane housing recovery programs in the state. Housing costs have increased by at least 77 percent since 2002 while the median income has risen just 1.4 percent. Homelessness in the state is at record numbers and each family needs significantly greater assistance than they would have needed six years ago. Coupled with our state’s innovative housing programs, we have enough resources to address this housing crisis, but only if the cap is removed and Sadoswki fully funded.

These small grants are provided to 28 local coalitions to fulfill the myriad of responsibilities assigned to them under state law and help equip them to mobilize and coordinate the local response to homelessness.

Attention towards a rural provision is expected to being met as counties in Florida such as Polk are becoming aware of the threats of homelessness.

“Homeless Person” refers to an individual who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.
The term does not refer to any individual imprisoned or otherwise detained pursuant to state or federal law. Why?

June 13, 2009

Homeless Hate Crime Laws and Actions.

On May 7, 2009 Maryland became the first state to announce Hate Crimes against the homeless a law.

From 1999-2007, there have been 774 documented acts of violence committed against homeless individuals in the United States.

A fact that we as a nation must understand is that homeless people have rights just as any other citizen of this nation. As we come to face this current financial crisis that is still leaving thousand of americans homeless, we are faced to come to terms with Homeless Hate Crimes laws.

Current Homeless Hate Crimes Petition Link.

Hate Crimes Against Homeless!
http://homelessness.change.org/actions/view/hate_crimes_against_homeless

Maryland to Become First State to Add Homelessness as Protected Class to Hate Crimes Law.
http://www.nationalhomeless.org/news/pr_050709.html