Housing crisis

The legislature ignored the affordable housing crisis | Letters to the Editor

Every Floridian, no matter where we come from. Where we come from or who we love deserves the freedom to know that with hard work we can provide a good life for our family. But this session, Governor Ron DeSantis and his Republican allies in the legislature have tried to divide us by putting their own political ambitions and corporate donors ahead of what’s best for the people they were elected to serve.

At a time when Floridians are facing a historic housing crisis, the final $112.1 billion budget included only $318.7 million for affordable housing programs. This is only 0.3% of the total spending plan and represents a huge missed opportunity in a year of $9 billion not being spent.

Florida rents and house prices are out of control. Our state’s leaders are refusing to address this issue because wealthy developers and greedy corporations are giving Florida politicians millions of dollars to keep ignoring soaring real estate prices. It’s time for our chosen one to start prioritizing hard-working Floridians and stop allowing corporate developers to get rich at our expense.

All Floridians deserve the freedom to know that if they work hard, they can provide a home for their family. We need leaders in our state who care about keeping housing affordable. We deserve better than this kind of rent extortion, and we need to come together and demand it.

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While you work hard every day to provide for your family, Republican lawmakers are fighting to let landlords and developers extort home prices from you. It’s time we all come together to demand the freedom we’ve won for affordable housing and tell the politicians who put their corporate donors before the people of Florida that they were elected to serve and that we deserve better.

Betty Honkonen

President

Citrus County Democratic Women’s Club