SFCDC represents its members by advocating to preserve and expand funding for community development, to use resources for community development effectively, and to implement sound community development policy. Each year, SFCDC members select the top advocacy objectives for the year and the organization strives to achieve those objectives through local, state, and federal advocacy.
In the state of Florida, the Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Fund, created in 1991, is a dedicated revenue source for affordable housing programs, including construction, homebuyer education, and housing rehabilitation for the low-income elderly. Approximately 70% of the funds are distributed by local governments under the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP). SFCDC works with partners, including the Florida Housing Coalition and the Florida Alliance of CDCs (FLACDC), to ensure that money intended for affordable housing is spent on affordable housing.
Public Policy Accomplishments
• SFCDC met with all 24 representatives and senators representing Miami-Dade County over the last two years. Both years, the delegation unanimously supported the preservation of the Sadowski Trust Fund for Affordable Housing (Sadowski).
• In Fiscal Year 2014-15, the State of Florida funded housing through the Sadowski Trust Fund at the highest level in seven years. This occurred largely due to the efforts of advocates for affordable housing including the work of SFCDC advocating the preservation of housing funds.
• SFCDC organized a delegation to meet with Miami–Dade County administration including the Department of Public Housing and Community Development (PHCD). A white paper was prepared and SFCDC received a response from PHCD that it is proceeding with several recommendations.
• SFCDC also spearheaded meetings among local municipalities such as Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, and Hialeah to develop an advocacy plan to prevent disproportionate cut in funds.