• Work Program

The items below are the areas of emphasis as stated in the 2015 Broward County Housing Council Work Program.

Item I:  Education and Advocacy
  • Continue and encourage all entitlement communities to fund foreclosure counseling and assistance strategies.
  • Support homebuyer education courses through *HUD certified counseling agencies for programs supported with local, state and federal affordable housing funds.
  • Continue to educate municipalities, local business leaders, and legislative leaders on affordable housing issues.
  • Forward 2014 Broward County Affordable Housing Needs Assessment study to all municipalities and the legislative delegation.
Item II:  Legislation
  • Support retaining the funding for State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program.
  • Support establishing a Local Documentary Stamp Tax program based on the Miami-Dade model.
  • The proposed Community and Banking Council should review and advise regarding affordable housing legislation.
Item III:  Foreclosure Counseling and Education
  • Continue and encourage foreclosure counseling workshops throughout Broward County by local nonprofit *HUD certified housing counseling agencies and local banks.
  • Support training for foreclosure counselors.
  • Support linkages to homebuyer counseling agencies and Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) home mortgage products including community land trust loans, first-time homebuyer loans, portfolio loans and other customized loan products for low and moderate income homebuyers.
Item IV:  Provide New Affordable Multi-Family Rental Units
  • Prioritize resources for new multi-family development.
  • Create flexible sources of “gap financing” for new multi-family development.
  • Support local government and private sector funding, including but not limited to: youths transitioning out of foster care, special needs population, veterans, and families.
  • Recommend Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) increase the 250 set-aside of units for Broward
    County tax credit projects.
  • Recommend FHFC award projects based on the greatest needs versus project driven.
Item V:  Homelessness: Rapid Re-Housing/Supportive Housing
  • Encourage entitlement communities to jointly or individually fund projects that add new transitional and/or permanent supportive housing.
  • Evaluate the number of “net” new units of transitional and/or permanent supportive housing.
  • Net reduction in the number of unsheltered homeless persons as indicated in the 2014 Homeless Point In Time count.
Item VI:  Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Activities by Banks in Broward County Follow-Up
  • ​Evaluate CRA activities by banks in Broward County.
  • Provide a copy of the Broward Housing Council Work Program to each bank in Broward County and request that the work program be placed on their CRA Public Comment File.
  • Provide a copy of the Broward CRA Report to each bank in Broward County and request that the report be placed on their CRA Public Comment File.
  • Provide copies of Broward County’s Entitlement Communities Consolidated Plans, the Broward County Affordable Housing Needs Study, and the Broward Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness to each bank in Broward County and request that the documents be placed on their CRA Public Comment File.
  • Provide copies of all documents (B-D) to bank regulatory agencies, and to the State of Florida Chief Financial Officer for inclusion with all CRA Performance Evaluations of banks in Broward County.
  • Conduct a joint workshop between the Housing Council and the largest banks to define strategies for linking CRA activities with countywide affordable housing needs, and explore the creation of a permanent Community and Banking Council to continue to monitor and evaluate bank CRA performance, discuss issues, problems, challenges and opportunities and identify solutions.
  • Conduct a joint workshop between the Housing Council and the largest banks to define strategies for linking CRA activities with countywide affordable housing needs, and explore the creation of a permanent Community and Banking Council to continue to monitor and evaluate bank CRA performance, discuss issues, problems, challenges and opportunities and identify solutions.​​
Item VII:  Potential Housing Linkage Fee Program for Broward County
  • The Broward County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved at their June 24, 2014 commission meeting the Metropolitan Center at Florida International University to update the 2007 Broward County Housing Linkage Fee Nexus Study.  The Commissioners will evaluate whether to levy a new non-commercial development impact fee for affordable housing. The study will provide whether it is legally justified.​
Item VII:  Assessment of the Countywide Affordable Housing Land Use Plan Policy 1.07.07
  • ​The Broward County Board of County Commissioners, on April 22, 2014, approved an initiative to review and update the Broward County Land use Plan and Comprehensive Plan. This initiative is underway. One of the major “Focus Areas” is Housing.
Item IX:  Maintain the Broward Housing Council Website and Quarterly Newsletter
  • The website shall include, but not limited to, the following elements:
    • Federal, state and local housing agency’s links
    • Federal, state and local training opportunities (public and private)
    • Federal, state and local funding and resource information
    • Broward County entitlement communities' Consolidated Plans, Annual Action Plans, and Local Housing Assistance Plans
    • Request for Proposals (RFP) for affordable housing strategies
    • Nonprofit, for-profit and foundation affordable housing activities/opportunities
    • Policy and Data Research
    • Best Practices at the local, state and federal level
  • Prepare quarterly newsletter to be distributed via e-mail.
  • The Community Reinvestment Act, Bank Performance in Housing Lending and Investment in Broward County report should be placed on the Broward Housing Council website.
  • Create a searchable and interactive database on the Council’s website for each bank and CRA contact person to facilitate bank communication between the bank and government and non-profit agencies and community residents concerning CRA issues, needs and opportunities.

Item X:  Produce the Housing Council Annual Report

  • Production and funding for homeownership.
  • Resources and clients for foreclosure counseling.
  • Production and funding for home repair.
  • Production and funding for barrier-free/special needs populations.
  • Production and funding for multi-family rental.
  • Report on all Housing Council Work Program activities.
  • Report on total units and funding for the Housing Authorities.
  • Add success case studies.

 

*HUD: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


 

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