I was upset by the abuse of power revealed in the Oct. 6 article, "(Bradenton) Housing authority a boon for DeSues." When people reach out for help, it is disgusting to hear how some take advantage. This behavior is even worse when you think of all the homeless in our county.
Estimates by the Florida Department of Children and Family Services report that there are 820 homeless people in Manatee County (2013) and 40 percent of Manatee's homeless are families. Agencies such as the Manatee County Housing Authority provide an important service helping people regain housing, and also preventing homelessness through programs such as Section 8.
Stories such as that of Ms. Mary Bryant from the article are more common than ever. As a registered nurse, I see many people struggling with health issues that prevent them from getting or keeping safe housing. Often, the high costs of care and inability to hold a job create a crisis situation, leading to homelessness. We need to take action to prevent this.
One solution to help prevent homeless crisis situations is expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Currently, there are about a million people in Florida who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid or insurance assistance, but not enough money to buy insurance.
Compare this to the fact that about 17 percent of Florida adults said they could not see a doctor at least once in 2010 because of the cost. People are facing the choice of healthcare or housing, and that is unacceptable!
The Florida House needs to face the facts. Florida needs Medicaid expansion.
Nancy DeVries, RN, BSN