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Save the Rental Housing Mediation Task Force (RHMTF)!

posted May 13, 2012, 2:14 PM by Emily Allen


Rental Housing Roundtable
 
Save the Rental Housing Mediation Task Force (RHMTF)!
Voice your support for RHMTF to City Council
on Wednesday, May 16 at 2pm
 
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Tell the Santa Barbara City Council to fund this vital program!

Last year the City Council considered cutting the RHMTF funding to a point that would eliminate mediation services, dismantle the 15 member volunteer Task Force and restricts services to telephone only; thereby limiting access to people with disabilities. Thanks to the relentless efforts of Rental Housing Roundtable and community to hold legislative visits with councilmembers, provide testimonies at council hearings and highlighting the benefits of this vital program the Council agreed to provide temporary funding for the RHMTF. We must put pressure on the City Council to prioritize this important service and continue funding the RHMTF!
 
1) WRITE A LETTER/EMAIL OF SUPPORT!
First and foremost, consider writing a letter or email to the Santa Barbara City Council by Monday May 14 expressing your support for continued funding for the RHMTF program.  If appropriate, you can share that you have used the RHMTF or have made referrals, and know the benefit of the program’s mediation services.
 
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Dear City Councilmember ________________,
 
The Recommended Operating and Capital Budget for Fiscal Year 2013 reflects elimination of mediation services, the 15 member volunteer Task Force and restricts services to telephone only; thereby limiting access to people with disabilities.
 
The Rental Housing Mediation Task Force (RHMTF) provides an essential service to residents of Santa Barbara through the provision of information and mediation services for landlords and tenants. In Santa Barbara, 60% of the residents are tenants. The RHMTF has provided mediation through an all-volunteer board since 1976. This Santa Barbara City program makes a huge impact on residents at risk for homelessness and saves community resources and money both for the disputants and the city.
 
Please join me in supporting this vital Santa Barbara City service for the residents of Santa Barbara and ensuring continued City funding for the RHMTF.
 
Thank you for your support,
 
Name,
 
Organization/Individual Name
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Emails can be sent to Council members at:
 
 
(Please be sure to cc Justin Dullum, RHMTF Chair justindullum@gmail.com  to ensure that your letter can be included in the presentation to City Council)
 
Letters can be faxed to: (805) 564-5475
 
 2) ATTEND A CITY COUNCIL MEETING DURING THE MONTH OF MAY!
The City Council will be addressing the Community Development Department budget, including the RHMTF on Wednesday, May 16 at 2 pm at City Hall, 735 Anacapa St.
 
 
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