The items below are the areas of emphasis as stated in the2014 Broward County Housing Council Work Program.
Item I: Education and Advocacy
Item II: Legislation
- 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 III: Foreclosure Counseling and Education
- 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.
Item IV: Provide New Affordable Multi-Family Rental Units
- 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.
Item V: Homelessness: Rapid Re-Housing/Supportive Housing
- 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 vs. project driven.
Item VI: Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Activities by Banks in Broward County Follow-Up
Item VII: Potential Housing Linkage Fee Program for Broward County
Item VII: Assessment of the Countywide Affordable Housing Land Use Plan Policy 1.07.07
Item IX: Maintain the Broward Housing Council Website and Quarterly Newsletter
- 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.
- 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.
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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