BrowardNEXT 2.0 is the update of the Countywide Comprehensive Plan Elements with a primary focus on County operated or regulated regional facilities and services, and the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD). The Comprehensive Plan, which serves as a decision-making guide for the next decade, presents a vision of Broward County's future and recommends goals, objectives and policies for implementation. All proposed elements and components of BrowardNEXT 2.0, which include a Housing Element, are available for online review and comment
by the public until Monday, April 2.
Charter Review Commission Approves Affordable Housing Trust Fund, Holds Public Hearings
The Broward County Charter serves as the Constitution for Broward County Government. It was originally adopted in 1974 and provides for the appointment of a Charter Review Commission
(CRC) every 12 years. The 2015-2018 CRC, which is made up of 19 members selected by the Board of County Commissioners, and its subcommittees have been meeting since August 2015 to conduct a comprehensive study of any or all phases of County government and make recommendations for changes to the current County Charter. The Human Services and Public Safety Subcommittee specifically addressed the issue of affordable housing within the current Charter language and proposed the creation of an affordable housing trust fund which was approved by the CRC as Resolution No. 2018-007 on December 13, 2017. All proposed modifications to the County Charter do not require County Commission approval; however, they must be voted on by the electorate at a date to be determined.
The CRC is seeking citizen input during a series of public hearings in March. Upcoming meetings as follows:
- March 27, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., City of Coral Springs City of Coral Springs City Hall; 9550 W. Sample Rd., Coral Springs, FL 33065
- March 28, 2018 at 6 p.m., African American Research Library and Cultural Center 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Florida Housing Coalition Releases 2018 Report
In support of the national Home Matters initiative, the Florida Housing Coalition (FHC) released the Home Matters for Florida Report 2018
on March 1, 2018. The national Home Matters
movement focuses on increasing the quality of homes and communities, affordable rentals and home ownership, while decreasing homelessness. The FHC’s report found that Florida has an affordable housing crisis, citing 912,967 severely cost burdened, very-low income households in the state and the third highest homeless population nationally. Further, the affordable housing crisis is supported by the prevalence of low-wage jobs – over 468,000 Floridians earn a median wage below $10/hour – in Florida’s economy.
Coordinating Council of Broward Finalizes Housing Plan
The mission of the Coordinating Council of Broward (CCB) is “to unite government, business and nonprofit leaders in advocacy and coordination of health and human services in Broward County.” The CCB has identified housing as the most critical issue facing Broward County and, based on this, recently released Housing Broward: An Inclusive Plan
. This plan is the result of a Broward Housing Summit in 2017 and subsequent months of civic engagement with businesses, government and housing leaders.
All legal Florida residents are eligible for a Homestead Exemption on their homes, condominiums, co-op apartments, and certain mobile home lots if they qualify. The Florida Constitution provides this tax-saving exemption on the first and third $25,000 of the assessed value of an owner/occupied residence.
You are entitled to a Homestead Exemption if, as of January 1st, you have made the property your permanent home or the permanent home of a person who is legally or naturally dependent on you. By law, January 1 of each year is the date on which permanent residence is determined. More...
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