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Broward Housing Council Newsletter 
Broward Housing Council Spring 2018 Newsletter
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Welcome to the Spring 2018 issue of the Broward Housing Council’s Newsletter.  We hope you will enjoy the updated design and find the featured news stories and reports to be useful.  A great deal of activity is occurring in the area of affordable housing at both the State and local levels, and the Broward Housing Council will continue sharing timely news items in future newsletters.​​

BrowardNEXT 2.0

BrowardNEXT 2.0 is the update of the Countywide Comprehensive Plan Elements with a primary focus on County operated or regulated regional facilities and services, and the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD). The Comprehensive Plan, which serves as a decision-making guide for the next decade, presents a vision of Broward County's future and recommends goals, objectives and policies for implementation. All proposed elements and components of BrowardNEXT 2.0, which include a Housing Element, are available for  online review and comment by the public until Monday, April 2.​​​


Charter Review Commission Approves Affordable Housing Trust Fund, Holds Public Hearings​

The Broward County Charter serves as the Constitution for Broward County Government.  It was originally adopted in 1974 and provides for the appointment of a Charter Review Commission (CRC) every 12 years.  The 2015-2018 CRC, which is made up of 19 members selected by the Board of County Commissioners, and its subcommittees have been meeting since August 2015 to conduct a comprehensive study of any or all phases of County government and make recommendations for changes to the current County Charter.  The Human Services and Public Safety Subcommittee specifically addressed the issue of affordable housing within the current Charter language and proposed the creation of an affordable housing trust fund which was approved by the CRC as Resolution No. 2018-007 on December 13, 2017.  All proposed modifications to the County Charter do not require County Commission approval; however, they must be voted on by the electorate at a date to be determined.  

The CRC is seeking citizen input during a series of public hearings in March.  Upcoming meetings as follows:
  • ​​​​​​​ March 27, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., City of Coral Springs City of Coral Springs City Hall; 9550 W. Sample Rd., Coral Springs, FL 33065
  • March 28, 2018 at 6 p.m., African American Research Library and Cultural Center 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311​


Florida Housing Coalition Releases 2018 Report

In support of the national Home Matters initiative, the Florida Housing Coalition (FHC) released the Home Matters for Florida Report 2018​ on March 1, 2018.  The national Home Matters movement focuses on increasing the quality of homes and communities, affordable rentals and home ownership, while decreasing homelessness.  The FHC’s report found that Florida has an affordable housing crisis, citing 912,967 severely cost burdened, very-low income households in the state and the third highest homeless population nationally. Further, the affordable housing crisis is supported by the prevalence of low-wage jobs – over 468,000 Floridians earn a median wage below $10/hour – in Florida’s economy.


Coordinating Council of Broward Finalizes Housing Plan​ 

The mission of the Coordinating Council of Broward (CCB) is “to unite government, business and nonprofit leaders in advocacy and coordination of health and human services in Broward County.”  The CCB has identified housing as the most critical issue facing Broward County and, based on this, recently released Housing Broward: An Inclusive Plan.  This plan is the result of a Broward Housing Summit in 2017 and subsequent months of civic engagement with businesses, government and housing leaders. 

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The Broward Housing Council’s Quarterly Newsletter is packed with valuable information for affordable housing stakeholders and the community at large; highlights of the issue are listed under the edition name.


Spring, Volume XIX
The BrowardNEXT 2.0Countywide Comprehensive Plan,  CRC Trust Fund, 2018 Home Matters report and the CCB Housing Plan​


Spring, Volume XVIII
New Mobile Shower Unit for Broward's Homeless, Broward Housing Summit at Nova Southeastern University Coming March 29th, Broward County Receives $8 Million Grant to Hel
p Homeless​


Winter, Volume XVII
BHC Annual Report, New BHC Chair, Low Income Housing, Broward Homeless Initiative, 2016 Paycheck To Paycheck, Veteran's Housing Toolkit

Fall, Volume XVI
Franklin Park Estates Ribbon Cutting, National Rental Demand, Housing Affordability, Interactive Tools, Funding Opportunities

Summer, Volume XV
Fair Housing Event, Broward's Homeless Population, National Housing Statistics, Landlord Recruitment Initiative, Foreclosure Assistance

Spring, Volume XIV
Linkage Fee Workshop, #BrowardNEXT, FY 2017 Proposed Budget, America's Rental Housing Report, Funding Opportunities



Winter, Volume XIII
Volunteer, Open House, New Homes for Sale, Paycheck to Paycheck Report, Comprehensive Plan Workshop, Funding

Fall, Volume XII
Best Practices, New Homes for Sale, Supreme Court Decisions, State of the Nation's Housing, HUD Resources

Summer, Volume XI
Potential Linkage Fee, Fair Housing Event, Sailboat Bend Apartments for Seniors, "Out of Reach 2015," Livability Index

Spring, Volume X
CRA Workshop, #BrowardNext, Senior Complex in Broward, Texas' Supreme Court Case, Florida's Low Income Renters​



Winter, Volume IX
Housing Forum, Senior Housing Study, County Updates, Rent and Mortgage Info

Fall, Volume VII
Affordable Housing Needs Assessment, Housing Challenges, 2013 Point in Time Count, 2013 BHC Annual Report

Summer, Volume VII
2014 Fair Housing Event, Broward Housing Solutions, Broward County Land Use Plan, SHIP Distribution

Spring, Volume VI
New Homes in Unincorporated Broward, Affordable Housing Workshop, Rapid Re-Housing, Seven 50 Final Summit



Winter, Volume V (PDF)
Housing Affordability, Workshop, Habitat for Humanity Homes, Homeless Awareness Proclamation​, Rental Market Study​

​Fall, Volume IV (PDF)
Housing Credit Needs Forum, 2012 BHC Annual Report, 2013 Broward County's Point in Time Report

Summer, Volume III (PDF)
Supportive Housing for Veterans, Ten Year Plan Charrette, 2013 Fair Housing Event 

Spring, Volume II (PDF)
Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Resources, FTA's Small Starts Program, SHIP Funding Update​



Winter, Volume I (PDF)
Affordable Housing Developments and Initiatives, LIHTC Program, Homeless Rehabilitation, Renter Incomes