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 August 31st Board Meeting

2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311.


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​First Time Home Buyer Education and Financial Capability Workshop

July 28th, 2018 from 10:oo am to 4:oo pm

Located at the Pompano Beach Library and Cultural Center
50 West Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach, FL 33060
RSVP (954) 586-1283 or

Broward Hou​sing Council Meeting

August 31st, 2018 @ 10:oo am

Located at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
(954) 357-6282​

New Twist on Communal Living for Millennials​​

Source: Sun-Sentinel, June 1, 2018

Millennials are notorious for change – economic factors often dictate the need or desire to switch jobs, relocate to another city and/or find a new home.   About 42% of millennials change jobs every 1-3 years (, September 2017) compared to 18 % of the total workforce.  Some relocations may result in higher costs of living which could impact housing choice.  One housing alternative is gaining popularity: co-living, which focuses on sharing space with others.  More…​​​

Apartment Rents Climb in South Florida, Especially Fort Lauderdale​

Source: Sun-Sentinel, April 18, 2018

Renting is on the rise in South Florida.  According to the US Census, Broward County lost about 65,000 homeowners over the past 10 years and gained nearly the same amount in renters.  South Floridians who lease apartment units continue to feel the effects of rising prices.  In March 2018, the average rent for Fort Lauderdale apartments was $1,858 compared to the national average of $1,371.  More…

A Major City’s Solution to Teachers’ Money Problems: Let Them Live at School​

​​​Source: Governing, April 10, 2018

Rents outpace wages for many occupations in Broward County, where the current average monthly rent is $1,858 yet 54% of the workforce is employed in low wage, service sector occupations.  During an Affordable Housing Workshop in April, the Board of County Commissioners discussed non-traditional approaches to providing affordable workforce housing. The County’s comprehensive plan, BrowardNEXT, defines a workforce income person as “one or more natural persons or a family, not including students, that has a total annual anticipated income for the household that does not exceed 140 percent of the median annual income adjusted for family size for households within the county.”  This includes occupations such as teachers who, although employed, still experience the “affordability gap” between housing costs and earnings.  More…

County Trying to Spur Development of Affordable Housing as Rents, Prices Rise​

Source: Sun-Sentinel, April 9, 2018

​Affordable housing has been defined as a county-wide priority by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.  As housing costs continue to outpace wages in many areas of South Florida, local governments and housing advocates are working to increase the stock of affordable units.   In Palm Beach County, elected officials are considering changes to the County’s existing policies and programs to initiate affordable housing development.  More…​​


Broward Council Members

​Position Council Member ​Member Category
Chair:​ Marcia Barry-Smith Community Representative
Vice Chair:​ Councilmember Caryl Hattan Community Representative
Member:​ W. Ajibola Balogun  Broward League of Cities: City Manager of a city with less than 50,000 residents
Member: Heather Brinkworth  Broward County School Board
Member: Vice Mayor Beverly Williams Officer, Broward League of Cities
Member: Ann Deibert Broward County Housing Authority
Member: Howard Elfman  The Realtors® Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale
Member: Frances Esposito Chief Executive of a not-for-profit homeless organization
Member: Suzanne Fejes​ County Administrator designee
​Member: Commissioner Dale Holness Member of the Broward County Commission, District 9
Member: Barbara Mendez​  Builders Association of South Florida
Member: Gino Moro Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals, Broward Chapter
Member: Mercedes J. Nunez Recipient of Section 8 housing assistance or another housing program
Member: Drew Saito  Banker​
​Member: Lisa Vecchi   Chief Executive of a not-for-profit housing organization
Member:​ Vacant Owner of a business that employs fewer than 50 employees
Member: Vacant Broward League of Cities: City Manager of a city with more than 50,000 residents
Member: Vacant Florida Atlantic University Center for Urban Redevelopment and Education
Member:​ Vacant Owner of a business that employs at least 50 employees
Member Bylaws: Attendance Ordinance 2013-17 (PDF)​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​ ​