June 19, 2020

As the state budget deadline looms July 1, key organizations ask DeSantis to deliver on long-awaited proposals [Florida Phoenix]

This post was last updated on December 8, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

Danielle J. Brown of the Florida Phoenix writes:

"As Gov. Ron DeSantis prepares to make state budget cuts, a letter signed by 35 Florida organizations calls on the governor to protect longstanding public services by finding funds from every route possible.

'The governor must protect crucial programs and services, or else we will see existing racial and economic disparities exacerbated in Florida,' Sadaf Knight, CEO of Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], said in a statement Friday. The institute joined with the nearly three dozen organizations urging DeSantis to act.

Those groups range from the League of Women Voters of Florida and Habitat for Humanity of Florida to the Florida PTA and United Way of Florida, touching on areas including housing, health, conservation, children and retirees."


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