Homeless Advocates Planning A Rally In Tally

Mar 17, 2017

Advocates for the homeless are planning to gather in Tallahassee next month to protest steep budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump and Governor Rick Scott.

The National Coalition for the Homeless is designating April 1st as National Day of Action for Housing. The Florida Homelessness Action Council is planning protests in Tallahassee.

Protesters will rail against Scott’s call for sweeping 77 percent of a $300 million affordable housing trust fund. Organizer Julie Matheney says Scott’s actions don’t jibe with his job-creation mantra.

“The affordable housing funds also create many jobs in construction.

So if he calls himself the jobs candidate, it’s surprising to me that he’s willing to cut thousands of jobs.”

The latest federal figures estimate there are more than 33 thousand homeless Floridians.

Those figures are compiled by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, an agency Trump wants to slash by $6 billion.