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New CoStar Data Reveal a Vast National Inventory of Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing—and an Untapped Opportunity

Source: UrbanLand

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...


Video: Dania Beach Oasis Project

Source: BECON, Broward Education Communications Network

Dania Beach City Manager, Robert Baldwin and Frank Schnidman, FAU Professor discuss the Dania Beach Oasis Project which is revitalizing neighborhoods in Dania Beach. Watch video

More details about the program online.


Further Reducing Homelessness, Foster Care, Child Abuse and Neglect is HEART of Mission

Broward County, Florida, Marks Progress
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 forum held today, 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 expandour efforts.”   More...


Report: 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. 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...

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