Thursday, January 31, 2013
Dear Senator Galvano
January 31, 2013
Senator Bill Galvano
1023 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205
Dear Senator Galvano:
It was nice to see you at the Manatee County Bar Association lunch yesterday.
I appreciated your remarks and updates. It was also good to have a chance to discuss homelessness with you.
As I mentioned, I continue to be associated with the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness. We are the lead agency for Manatee and Sarasota counties. We work closely with the Community Coalition on Homelessness (now Turning Points) and other agencies in the Continuum of Care.
We both know first hand the important work being done by the Partnership and Coalition to assist our neediest citizens and improve the quality of life for everyone.
For years the Partnership existed with negligible funding by the State of Florida. Unfortunately, last year even that was cut.
With this letter I enclose the legislative agenda for 2013 as stated by the Florida Coalition for the Homeless. The main takeaway is that moderate state funding of our local coalitions allows us to keep our doors open, serve the people, and bring substantial additional funding into our community.
You and I both know the devastating impact of our current economic crisis. As you work on your priorities for the 2013 session, I hope that you will champion the issue of homelessness, and allow our local coalitions to enact long-term solutions.