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Homelessness bill moved forward this week


A bill written to provide more financial aid to the growing number of homeless Floridians passed unanimously through a state House health committee this past Wednesday.

The bill is part of a bipartisan effort to combat Florida’s homelessness crisis, which garnered national attention several weeks ago.

House Bill 531 provides a way for Floridians to donate a dollar for programs to help the homeless when registering vehicles and renewing their driver’s licenses. If implemented, the legislation is estimated to raise roughly $1.5 million a year for assistance to the homeless, the bill’s sponsor state Rep. Betty Reed, D-Tampa, has said.

Earlier this year, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $12 million dollars from the state’s general revenue fund to the National Veterans’ Homeless Support Group for “homeless housing assistance grants.” The item was one of the many public assistance programs Scott vetoed.

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