A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Dear Elected Officials and Citizens of Broward County:
I would like to introduce myself as the new Chair of the Broward Housing Council, and recognize and thank the former Chair, Commissioner Lois Wexler for her outstanding leadership since 2009. On behalf of the Broward Housing Council, I am pleased to present the 2012-2013 Annual Report.
While we continue to be challenged by scarce financial resources, we remain committed to achieving our vision, “All residents of Broward County should have opportunities to access safe, decent and affordable housing countywide which is the cornerstone for healthy, successful and sustainable communities.” Every one needs a stable and affordable place to call home. While the housing recovery is a positive sign that our national economy continues its slow path toward recovery, working households across the country are struggling with stagnant or declining wages and increasing housing costs. Broward County and its corresponding metropolitan area lead the nation in severely cost burdened households with 45 percent of households paying more than 50 percent of their income on housing. The Housing Council recognizes that far too many of Broward County’s residents are being left on the sidelines of this housing recovery and this troubling reality reminds us all that we must renew our collective commitment to the vision of safe, decent and affordable housing countywide. It is my sincere desire that we continue to strive to not just provide affordable housing assistance to those in need, but to do so in a manner that is thoughtful and responsive to the distinct needs of our county’s residents.
At this critical time in our nation’s history, it is what we do now throughout our communities that will determine our economic prosperity in the years to come. A path has been paved for sustainable, quality housing in Broward County and we look forward to continuing on this road toward success.
I believe that the work of the Housing Council is best described by a quote from Nelson Henderson, “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” Our true success will be defined by Broward County’s ability to meet the housing affordability needs of its residents for decades to come.
Monica Navarro, MBA, EDFP Chair
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