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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...


Miami-Dade Considers Mandatory Workforce Housing Ordinance

Source: Daily Business Review

A group of Miami-Dade County commissioners on Thursday will consider a controversial proposal to make workforce housing mandatory in most sizable developments. The overlying goal is to allow the workforce population — think teachers, police officers and hotel employees — to live near their jobs, said County Commissioner Barbara Jordan, who introduced the ordinance in May. "We transport buses all day long down to Marathon to transport workers who can't afford to live in the Keys," Jordan said. "We don't want to make Miami Beach the same way." Under the proposal, developers building more than 20 units would have to set aside 10 percent for people who fall within the workforce-housing income range of $28,800 to $67,200 per year. It would apply to all forms of housing including apartments, condominiums and single-family developments. More...

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