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Affordable Housing Funding for 2018

Advocates and Congressional Champions Secure Increased Affordable Housing Funding for 2018



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Advocates and Congressional Champions Secure Increased Affordable Housing Funding for 2018

The final fiscal year (FY) 2018 spending bill – released yesterday, March 21, by Congressional leaders – includes a significant increase in funding for affordable housing and community development programs at HUD and USDA, along with an increase in Low Income Housing Tax Credits and an important reform to the tax program. This successful outcome is due to the hard work of advocates across the nation and strong Congressional champions, including Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) and Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and David Price (R-NC) – the chairs and ranking

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Let Teachers Live at School- article

Teachers can’t afford Miami rents. The county has a plan: Let them live at school.

Read more in the Miami Herald.

Teachers Live at School


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March for Our Lives

The counts are in. Local authorities say March for Our Lives drew 5,000 in Boca, 3,500 in West Palm, 1,800 or more in Delray Beach.

Read more in the Palm Beach Post.

March for Our Lives Saturday

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Photos- Civics Education in PBC & Florida

Photo Highlights from Cool Topic- Civics Education in PBC & Florida


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Floridians- update your voting card

Floridians!  Do you need to update your voting card, party affiliation or address?  This is where to do it today:

florida elections- update your voting info

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New Members- March 2018


Judith Acker Delray Beach

Rebecca and Tasos Anthony Singer Island

Cynthia Archbold Ocean Ridge

Dr. Angela Bess Royal Palm Beach

Darlene  and Anna Cruz Riviera Beach

Bonnie Dorfman Riviera Beach

Lauren Elam West Palm Beach

Kim Ferrarie Boca Raton

Theresa Flowers Wellington

Steven Grant Boynton Beach

Carole Haje Jupiter

Christina Lambert West Palm Beach

Jodi Luby Delray Beach

Barbara McQuinn Tequesta

Shanon Materio West Palm Beach

Victoria Moser Delray Beach

Anne Newman Delray Beach

Ngoc Nguyen Boca Raton

Kat Pericles Boca Raton

Laura Phillips Boynton Beach

Alice Randolph West Palm Beach

Dr. Michael and Dana Ravitsky Stuart

Sheila Reinken Boca Raton

Elissa Rudolph Delray Beach

Kathy Smith Delray Beach

Bijan Parssi Spire-Oh North Palm Beach

Robert Weinroth Boca Raton

Kathy Yunger Delray

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Speakers Bureau Expanding To Meet Demands

Our local league has a very active Speakers Bureau that goes out to community groups and presents programs on an array of issues (Health Insurance and Coverage, Education, Voting Rights, Gun Safety, National Popular Voting Initiative, etc.)

As the league visibility has increased in the county, members may receive inquiries about coming to speak on issues. When this happens, please notify either

We will arrange for a speaker who is trained and well versed on the subject. We will insure the quality and prevent conflicts in dates and times.

Please note that per our bylaws, only the President or her designee may speak on behalf of the League. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Affordable Housing Trust Funds

By Sammy R. Alzofon, LWV Housing Issue Group


How Did Affordable Housing Trust Funds Fare in the Legislature This Year?

The 2018 session of the Florida Legislature closed last Sunday, March 11. The session started with high hopes for additional housing funds. A 2017 legislative mandate to study the state of housing in Florida returned its report last December, recommending full use of dollars available from the William E. Sadowski  Affordable Housing Trust Funds, that collects a dedicated source of revenue for housing from a portion of documentary stamp taxes on the transfer of real estate. A bill was introduced in both the House and the Senate that would, in the future, prevent the legislative sweep of these funds into the general budget. The Senate recommendation was

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Observer Corps–February Monthly Reports

by Katie Gettinger

The purpose of the Observer Corps is two-fold:  

  • to observe public meetings and report important issues to the LWV
  • to be seen by elected officials because “We matter and we are watching you.”

If you don’t see your area listed, please consider reporting on your meeting for the Observer Corps.

Our meeting started with a special time with League President Karen Wilkerson and First VP Deborah Chandler, who were at the meeting to let us know about an award our LWV chapter received for the Observer Corps reporting over the past year.  We were encouraged to get a copy of each of our city’s charters to review. Items that are not in the charter for each area are regulated by the state, so it is

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Voter Services Committee to Expand Meeting Reach

The Voter Services Committee is expanding its outreach to members by adding monthly meetings via conference call. If you work or cannot attend the in-person meetings, evening conference calls will be held every other month starting April 5th 2018 from 6-7 PM. The Committee meets the first Thursday of the month Conference calls will alternate with in-person meetings every other month.

Call-in information can be found on the League of Women Voter’s Events Calendar. The link is:

The Committee will also send out email reminders and call-in instructions prior to the meetings.

In-person Voter Services meetings are usually held at the Children’s Services Council Building in Boynton Beach at 9:30 AM. The next in-person meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 3rd.

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