Broward Housing Council Newsletter -Spring 2014
Local and National Affordable Housing News
Self-Sufficiency Program Strengthened by HUD Grant
The Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV-FSS) has received almost $57 million in grants by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program provides education, job training and employment for housing assistance recipients, in order to help them gain financial independence. Broward County Housing Authority was among the awarded grantees, obtaining over $175k of the national grant money for local programing.
“This is a modest investment that can make a world of difference for families looking to find their path to self-sufficiency,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “As America’s economy continues to recover, it’s critical that we work to make sure every American has the skills and resources they need to successfully compete for jobs in the 21st Century.”
Reference: HUD Press Release; January, 2014
Best Practices to End Homelessness
Cities across the United States struggle to find ways to eliminate homelessness, including Tampa, Florida, who
has sought various ways to criminalize the homeless. However, Utah has taken a vastly opposite and humanitarian approach and subsequently has managed to reduce their homeless population by a staggering 78 percent over the past eight years. Utah has found great success by operating the Housing First Program which offers rental and utility assistance to potentially homeless and places short- and long- term homeless in apartments along with providing each with a case-worker to help them become self-sufficient.
Reference: Nation of Change (www.nationofchange.org), January, 2014
Broward County to Commemorate a Decade of Electronic Recording
County was first in U.S. to electronically record mortgage loan and home purchase process
Broward County Records, Taxes and Treasury Division will commemorate a decade of paperless, fully electronic official records document recording this spring. The County expects to exceed 1 million electronically recorded documents by this summer. Official records include deeds, mortgages, satisfaction of mortgages, agreements, liens, notices and other documents that effect property ownership in the County.
“Broward County is very proud to have been an early adopter of electronic document submission. We actually participated in the first fully electronic mortgage loan and home purchase in the United States,” said Tom Kennedy, director of Records, Taxes and Treasury. “Electronic and paperless services provide significant reductions in costs to taxpayers and increased efficiencies for all parties involved, and is directly in line with our goals of reducing environmental impact and continued commitment of providing the best service possible to the people we serve.”
Source: Broward County Press Release, February, 2014
Florida Metro Areas Occupy Eight Spots in Nation’s Top Ten Highest Foreclosures List
Realty Trac has reported that South Florida foreclosures have risen 50.4 percent from December 2013 to January 2014. The number is especially shocking since, nationally, foreclosures rose only eight percent. The Treasure Coast ranked number one of highest foreclosures in nation, followed by South Florida, Palm Beach-Melbourne, Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville.
Reference: South Florida Business Journal, February 2014