Broward Housing Council Newsletter • Winter 2016 Edition, Volume XVII
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BHC 2015 Annual Report
The Broward Housing Council has published their Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Annual Report and it is now viewable online. This past August the Broward County Board of County Commissioners accepted the Broward Housing Council’s Report. The purpose of the report is to provide a summary of the resources and programs administered countywide that provide affordable housing to Broward County residents. This report provides a cumulative overview of affordable housing resources and programs on a countywide basis from October 1, 2014 through September 30, 20154. More...
Broward Housing Council Welcomes New Chair
Source: Broward County Press Release
James Carras, Principal of Carras Community Investment, Inc., was elected Chair of the Broward Housing Council during the Council's meeting on August 26, 2016. Carras will lead the 19-member Council, whose vision statement is that "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." "I look forward to working with the members of the Housing Council in better understanding and promoting approaches, both public and private, to address affordable housing, workforce housing and homelessness," Carras said. More...
Landlord Recruitment Event • A Key to Helping End Homelessness in Broward County
Broward County’s Homeless Initiative Partnership hosted a Landlord Recruitment event on October 19th at Fort Lauderdale Women’s Club. Michael Wright, Continuum of Care Administrator, presented the new Landlord Recruitment Initiative program and welcomed several speakers, including Broward County Commissioner Beam Furr and Lori Milano of Mission United.
This unique initiative matches Broward County landlords who have homes to rent, with individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness. Rent is guaranteed by local government, state and federally funded programs is implemented locally through Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Broward Outreach Center and members of the Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership. More...
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New CoStar Data Reveal a Vast National Inventory of Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing—and an Untapped Opportunity
At least 5.5 million units of naturally occurring affordable rental housing exist in cities across the United States, according to newly released data from CoStar, a leading provider of data and analytics for the commercial real estate industry. Naturally occurring affordable housing (NOAH) is housing that is affordable without being supported by public subsidies such as low-income housing tax credits. NOAH’s market-rate affordability derives mainly from its age—most units were built 40 to 50 years ago—and lack of amenities: it is no-frills, functional housing that is nonetheless safe, secure, and inhabitable. “The CoStar data provides probably the most detailed look yet at an underappreciated but critically important real estate asset class —the existing supply of naturally occurring affordable market-rate apartments,” said Stockton Williams, executive director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing, which commissioned the CoStar report. More...
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There Doesn’t Go the Neighborhood: Low-Income Housing Has No Impact on Nearby Home Values
In the nation’s 20 least affordable housing markets, low-income housing built during a 10-year span shows no effect on nearby home values. Some of the nation’s least affordable markets are also ground zero for the fight against building affordable housing – which opponents say, among other things, depreciates nearby home values. Resistance to affordable housing development has surfaced in tight housing markets across the country such as San Francisco, New York, and Seattle. Given low inventory and high prices in these tight markets, we set out to uncover how much homeowners really have to fear. More...
HUD Expands Family Self-Sufficiency Program to Privately Owned Multifamily Properties
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Press Release
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that owners of privately owned apartment buildings under Section 8 contract can now offer Family Self-Sufficiency programs to the more than one million households living in their properties. HUD will now allow owners of multifamily properties to use funding from residual receipt accounts to hire service coordinators for their own Family Self-Sufficiency program. Read HUD’s notice to multifamily property owners. Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD program that provides incentives and supports to help families living in multifamily assisted housing to increase their earned income and reduce their dependence on public assistance programs. FSS promotes the development of local strategies to coordinate the use of HUD rental assistance programs with public and private resources, to enable eligible families to make progress toward economic independence and self-sufficiency. More...
Further Reducing Homelessness, Foster Care, Child Abuse and Neglect is HEART of Mission
Source: CSH Supportive Housing
Fort Lauderdale, FL -- Through collaboration with local advocates, civic and business leaders, HEART (Housing, Empowerment, Achievement, Recovery, Triumph) Alliance for Sustainable Families, is moving forward to preserve more families and ensure the safety of children in Broward County. At a [recent] forum, HEART rolled out its plan to further engage the community in broader efforts to reduce homelessness among families, caseloads for child welfare agencies, and circumstances that could separate children from their parents. “HEART has housed and helped 53 families with a combined total of 155 children,” said Mark Dhooge, President and CEO of Kids In Distress, Inc. (KID), which is the lead agency in the HEART Alliance partnership. “Of course having a home of their own is important to these families, especially since some were homeless for years. But just as crucial are the services they receive, providing the interventions and skills to make sure children remain with their parents and grow and thrive in a safe, loving environment. We are seeing success by relying on supportive housing and we are hoping to engage more community involvement to expand our efforts.” More...
Broward's "A Way Home" Homeless Initiative Awarded $437,000
Source: Broward County News Release
This month, the Florida Department of Children and Families' Office of Homelessness completed its annual State Emergency Solutions Grant ("ESG"), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families ("TANF") Prevention Assistance, Challenge Grant awards for Fiscal Year 2017. Broward County's "A Way Home" Continuum of Care has been awarded $200,000 in ESG funds; $31,500 in TANF Prevention funds; and $205,500 in Challenge Grant funds for a total of $437,000 in new funding to our community. Over the next nine months, ESG funding will provide an estimated 500 persons experiencing homelessness with case management in emergency shelters and will end homelessness for 10-15 homeless families by placing them in permanent housing; TANF Prevention grant will prevent 8-12 households from becoming homeless by stabilizing them with financial assistance; and Challenge Grant funding will be used to triage, develop housing plans and provide housing navigation assistance to quickly end homelessness for approximately 70 families. More...
Heavy Housing Burden • South Florida Ranks Worst in Nation
Renters always get the same advice: Don’t spend more than 30% of your income on housing. That’s not just an anecdotal recommendation. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, households that spend more than 30% of their income on rent are “housing-cost burdened.” And the heavier that burden gets, the more difficult it is to afford food, utilities, and other necessary living expenses. But how feasible is the 30% rule? Depending on your city and your occupation, it can be exceedingly difficult. And it’s not just a concern for low-income households: The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard estimates that nearly half of all U.S. renters face a cost burden. More...
Miami Moves to More Incentives for Affordable Housing
Source: Miami Today News
To face head-on the serious lack of affordable housing in the City of Miami, city commissioners are preparing to offer further incentives to developers in order to encourage construction of housing that everyone can afford. Last week, commissioners unanimously gave preliminary approval to a zoning amendment that defines various types of affordable housing and offers added incentives to companies for the development of projects providing housing for mixed-income populations. This latest proposal is sponsored by Commissioner Frank Carollo, and could receive its final vote this month. The proposal focuses on affordable housing categories, and Commissioner Carollo said the city “desperately needs” projects that deliver in each category. He said the amendment also adds incentives for projects that mix all categories. More...
Architects Achieve High-end Design on Limited Budgets
Source: Affordable Housing Finance
The bar for the quality of architectural design in affordable housing is being raised. In most instances, new affordable housing developments are indistinguishable from higher-end market-rate communities, no longer looking like the boxes of the past. “What we’re seeing now is a continued improvement of the quality of the design for affordable housing,” says Fernando Villa, a principal at Magnusson Architecture and Planning. “It should look as beautiful as any market-rate project. You really want to push the envelope in design with a limited budget.” Michael Wiencek, president of Wiencek + Associates Architects + Planners, agrees. “No matter what the budget, we should be able to win an award. If you don’t hit the envelope and create innovative ways [to achieve] higher end, you end up with the affordable housing of the past.” Architects also work to ensure that developments connect with the surrounding community as well as residents’ needs. “Being creative is a necessity because it’s not just about building housing or apartments, but about creating a home and a community that work for residents in harmony with the broader neighborhood,” says David Obitz, design principal at KTGY Architecture + Planning. More...
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Alameda Passes Affordable Housing Bond
On June 28, 2016, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution No. 2016, which called for a bond election and submitted an affordable housing bond ballot measure for approval by Alameda County's electorate during the November 8, 2016 General Elections. The goal of this bond is to create and protect affordable housing options for people who need it most in Alameda County–the homeless, seniors, veterans, the disabled, and many in the workforce whom we count on to help deliver essential services, including teachers, electricians, plumbers, EMT workers and others who simply cannot find affordable housing close to where they work in Alameda County. The bond also aims to help people buy homes. This Measure will raise up to $580 million for affordable housing across Alameda County. All funds from the proposed bond must stay local and be dedicated to affordable housing needs in Alameda County only. The funds will be allocated to a combination of rental housing and homeowner programs. More…
* Measure A1, Affordable Housing Bond passes with 72% approval
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Paycheck To Paycheck 2016 • Housing Affordability for School Workers
Source: National Housing Conference
As for any other sector of the economy, the ability of school workers to live near their places of employment is an important aspect of developing strong, inclusive communities. School workers provide essential services to their communities, yet many are unable to afford to live near where they work. Teacher-specific affordable housing programs are important but can also overlook the difficulties faced by other school-related occupations. The 2016 edition of “Paycheck to Paycheck” focuses on the affordability challenges faced by both teachers and non-instructional school workers by highlighting five of the 81 occupations in the Paycheck to Paycheck database: bus driver, child care teacher, groundskeeper, social worker and high school teacher. Download Report
Nearly Two-thirds of Florida Workers Earn Less Than State Average
Source: Orlando Sentinel/Marcia Heroux Pounds
The bulk of Florida workers, 65 percent, make below the state average annual salary of just over $39,000, according to the annual “State of Working Florida” report produced by Florida International University. A summary of the Labor Day report, by FIU’s Center for Labor Research and Studies, was released Thursday. Government data shows that most workers with low earnings — annual earnings of $17,143 and below — are concentrated in occupations such as sales (such as a retail sales workers) and related jobs, food preparation and service jobs, and office and administrative support jobs, according to the report. Some of these occupations have large numbers of workers making less than $10 an hour. Of workers in the food industry, 53.6 percent earn wages below $10 per hour. Of those working in building, grounds cleaning and maintenance, 36.7 percent earn less than $10 an hour. More...
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Housing Spotlight: The Long Wait for a Home
Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)
NLIHC's new report Housing Spotlight: The Long Wait for a Home about Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs) and Public Housing waiting lists. An NLIHC survey of Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) indicated that 53% of HCV waiting lists were closed to new applicants and another 4% were open only to specific populations, such as homeless individuals and families, veterans, persons with a disability, or local residents. Sixty-five percent of closed HCV waiting lists had been closed for at least one year, more than half did not think the list would reopen within the next year, and wait times for HCVs often spanned years. The findings make clear that we must expand housing resources for our nation’s lowest income renters. Download report
Gentrification Responses: A Survey of Strategies to Maintain Neighborhood Economic Diversity
Source: Furman Center
This report examines strategies used by local governments to address rising housing costs and displacement of low-income households in gentrifying neighborhoods. To assist tenants at risk of displacement, the report details strategies to regulate the landlord/tenant relationship well as strategies to provide assistance for households that move. To create and preserve affordable housing, the report explores ways to use city-owned land and other resources strategically to promote affordable housing in areas where costs are on the rise. It also examines ways to harness the market, such as inclusionary zoning and linkage fees. The report is part of an ongoing series of work by the NYU Furman Center on gentrification, but is the first to provide an overview of policy responses to the effects rapidly rising rents. Download report
Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Showcase
A Novogradac Special Report commemorating the 30th anniversary of the passage of the low-income housing tax credit, the LIHTC Showcase describes the history of the credit; the impact it has on residents, developers, investors and state agencies; and profiles more than 70 properties across the nation that were financed by the LIHTC.
Rent Track • Build Credit as you Pay Rent Online
Pioneering Rent Reporting for Residents and Property Managers -an online Rent Payment company that reports rent payments to all three major credit bureaus. Using Rent Track, property managers can find reliable tenants, get paid quickly and easily track payments. Tenants can set up automatic recurring rent payments, get due date reminders, build credit and view credit score.
Veterans' Housing Communications Toolkit
Source: National Housing Conference
Affordable housing developers and service providers have made great strides in decreasing veteran homelessness and creating the homes and structures military veterans need to live healthy, productive lives as civilians. This toolkit provides housing developers, managers, social service providers, advocates and others with effective ways of communicating about veterans' affordable housing needs and solutions with three audiences: community members, policy makers and veterans themselves.
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