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2019 Work Program
 
​The Broward Housing Council adopted its 2019 Work Program schedule on December 14, 2018.  This schedule is designed as a living document and will be updated as the need constitutes.

​​Purpose

To serve in an advisory capacity to the County Commission and to facilitate coordination between the County, Municipalities, the business community and not-for-profit groups to address housing issues including, but not limited to, affordable housing, workforce housing and homelessness.

1. Facilitate Coordination

  • Seek regional collaboration with other agencies to address affordable housing issues.
  • Sponsor an annual Affordable Housing Workshop for municipal, business and legislative leaders.
  • Report on all Broward Housing Council activities for the year and submit to the Board of County Commissioners for acceptance.
  • Maintain the Broward Housing Council website with a focus on affordable housing policy, research and studies.
  • Prepare quarterly newsletter and distribute via e-mail.​

​2. Increase Affordable Housing Stock

  • Support the allocation of CRA funding for affordable housing.
  • Support policies that address flexible sources of “gap financing” for affordable housing (i.e. second mortgage programs).
  • Engage the development community to increase affordable housing production especially for very low income rentals.
  • Continue to recommend the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) allocate set-aside of units for Broward County tax credit projects, based on need.
  • Identify partnerships with faith-based property owners and create a catalog of land inventory.
  • Develop a community land trust model for Broward County​.

​3. Enhance Housing Stability

  • Develop an outreach campaign to educate local municipal, business and legislative leaders on affordable housing issues and funding strategies.
  • Support the acquisition and rehabilitation of existing affordable housing inventory that will preserve the housing stock.
  • Update local leaders on affordable housing policy issues.
  • Encourage foreclosure counseling workshops by HUD certified agencies and local banks, and encourage local funding of foreclosure counseling/assistance programs and homebuyer education courses.
  • Highlight locally successful neighborhood improvement programs and other affordable housing projects.
  • Encourage Improved transportation programs that support affordable housing.​

​4. Advocate for Legislative Change

  • Support legislation that creates and/or retains funding for affordable housing initiatives such as the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) and prevents future sweeps from the Sadowski Housing Trust Fund.
  • Advocate affordable housing programs and policies that include workforce housing.
  • Support policies that assist renters and homebuyers by reducing the gap between household income and housing costs.
  • Seek to leverage Integration of business community​.

5. Streamline Process

  • Support the Affordable Housing goals, objectives and policies in BrowardNEXT.
  • Support inclusionary zoning policies and bonus densities to incentivize affordable housing construction.
  • Sponsor and support assessments of local and regional affordable housing needs and programs to identify needs, costs and trends and to develop potential pilot programs.
  • Explore incentives for the development of affordable rental housing on high density, mission driven and opportunity zoned properties (i.e., grants, fee waivers).​

6. Address Homelessness

  • Support the county-wide homeless services of the Broward County Continuum of Care without duplication of efforts.​

​7. Support Countywide Financing

  • Support Broward County’s continued allocation of public funding towards the Broward County Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
  • Work to leverage private sector investments in the Affordable Housing Trust Fund that support the production and preservation of affordable housing units.
  • Encourage Broward County to designate half of future re-captured CRA funds towards affordable housing initiatives and workforce development programs.​
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