Advocacy

Be a Voice for those who cannot!

We recognize that systemic change often requires legislative action or a dramatic shift in government policies and funding. An important path to bring about these changes at both a grass roots and grass top level is by influencing public policy and legislation through advocacy.

United Way believes government plays a critical role in creating change that can improve people’s lives, and plays a significant role in achieving our community impact goals. But government cannot do it alone. Neither can United Way and the rest of the nonprofit sector. United Way of Broward County must actively engage in public policy advocacy to build coalitions and develop partnerships that include local, state and federal government, along with the nonprofit sector, faith based organizations, community activists and business leaders.

2020 Voting

Civic engagement is at the heart of what United Way of Broward County does. 2020 is an important year for America’s democracy, with critical resources and political representation at stake.  From health, to economic stability, to racial justice; casting your vote is more important than ever.   

View our resources, register to vote and request your vote-by-mail ballot by clicking the link below.

Standing Up for Florida Families

United Way's policy agenda calls attention to challenges ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families - our friends, neighbors, co-workers and family members - face in Florida. Find below clickable images that dive deeper into each of our three pillars: Health, Education and Financial Stability. 

Click here to download the 2020 Consensus Legislative Agenda. 

Key Legislative Asks 2020

FINANCIAL STABILITY

Tax Prep:
Support a $1.2M appropriation for tax prep assistance programs statewide, to help ALICE families get their EITC refunds and other refundable tax credits. Representative Holly Raschein is the bill sponsor in the House (HB 2115). Support HB 2115

Affordable Housing:    
Support SB 306- State Funds (sponsored by Senator Mayfield) and HB 381 sponsored by Representative Silvers to prohibit the sweep of Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Funds.  
 

Education 

Early Learning:
Support early learning this session, especially for addressing quality and accountability of school readiness programs and VPK. 

Help Me Grow:
Support Help Me Grow Florida’s appropriations request to expand service to all 67 counties. Help Me Grow links parents and children to local services.

Teacher Professional Development and Retention:
Support Early Childhood Educator INCENTIVE$ Florida, which provides an appropriation to cover the administrative cost expand the program to all 67 counties. 

Education (MDCPS):
Support Senator Manny Diaz’s SB 1284 and Representative Aloupis HB 1031 which addresses the District Cost Differential (DCD), fully fund the cost of a school resource officer at 34.5M; increase the state’s investment in K-12 education by increasing the Base Student Allocation (BSA).
 

HEALTH

Suicide Prevention:
Allocate $500,000 to the Broward Zero Suicide Initiative to invest in targeted prevention and intervention activities. HB  2613 sponsored by Representative Jenne and Senator Book. 

Home and Community Services for Elders:

Support additional funding for home and community care for frail elders so they can remain in their homes and avoid nursing home care.

Medicaid in schools:
Support Senator Montford’s SB 190 and HB 081 by Rep. Andrade to delete current statutory language which restricts Medicaid reimbursement to students on an IEP plan, so school-based health services can be provided for any Medicaid-eligible child.

Behavioral Health:
Increase targeted funding for prevention and treatment services for substance use disorders and mental health services. 
 

VETERANS

Veterans Education:    
Change language in the Military and Veterans Active Duty charter to standardize transfer of college credits.  HB 171 by Rep. Ponder and SB 372 by Sen. Lee. 

Services for Veterans and Their Families:  
Utilize 211 to provide Florida veterans and their families’ access to quality community-based health services.  SB 104 by Sen. Harrell.

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