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.
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.