Through the Safe & Healthy Housing Campaign we have received support from many groups and individuals. Some of that support has materialized into official endorsements while much of the support has remained constantly strong despite any official endorsing stance being taken by supporting organizations. Here we list the organizations who have decided to support the campaign, short quotes as to why they have supported it, and a link to their official endorsement letter. As the campaign goes on we are sure this list will continue to grow both in size and in strength.
- ACEA: Our organization decided to support this campaign because all working people, regardless of income level or ability to own a home, deserve to live in dignity.
- Graduate Assistants United: Our members include many non-citizens and non-permanent residents, who face discrimination and unfair treatment from landlords who either fear people from abroad or wish to take advantage of the fear many non-citizens have in the current political climate. All of our members are also graduate students, which makes each and every one of us is susceptible to having our lease applications denied due to landlord’s uncertainty about our income. Many of our members rent older houses and apartments, which are very energy inefficient and lead to inflated utility costs. The policies proposed by the ACLC would begin to remedy and prevent the harm resulting from these practices.
- Greater Duval Neighborhood Association: I think we should collectively work with landlords, tenant associations, ACLC and the City Commission to draft a rental rights’ policy that is fair to both landlords and tenants. There’s no quick and easy way to do this. We must all approach this matter with open heads and hearts.
- IBEW: We firmly believe that renters in Alachua County deserve the basic protections offered by this proposal. People should be able to secure housing free from discrimination. People need to be provided information on their rights and responsibilities as tenants, and how to enforce those rights. People need an accessible form of arbitration when either parties’ responsibilities aren’t being met. Responsible landlords shouldn’t be forced to compete with slumlords not living up to their responsibilities. Renters should have a reasonable expectation of safety and energy efficiency when renting in Gainesville.
- Indivisible Gainesville: In the Spring of 2018, we asked hundreds of our East Gainesville neighbors the open-ended question, “What is one thing you would like our elected officials address?” The third most common response, after education and gun control, was the cost of utilities…And currently there is little to no financial incentive for landlords to bring their properties up to current acceptable building standards. In this sense, the market is failing the struggling and exploited renter… They need the authority and resources of government to step in and ensure fairness and some modicum of justice.
- Janice Gary: Housing is a fundamental need and housing as a product warrants basic standards. Basic Standards of safety and quality are in keeping with other types of products.
- North Central Florida Labor Council: Our organization decided to support this campaign because all working people, regardless of income level or ability to own a home deserve to live in dignity.
- Suwannee St. Johns Sierra Club: As reported in the 2017 Energy Burden study produced by UF’s College of Journalism and Communications, “substandard, inefficient housing is also a factor, particularly in the rental market. Despite more than a decade of community efforts to fix inferior homes some of Gainesville’s poorest renters still live without basic attic insulation or updated, efficient appliances that keep families comfortable in addition to saving them money and energy.” Achieving the goal of 100% clean renewable energy by 2050 is possible only if all of our local housing stock is energy efficient.