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Broward County News

​Lauderdale Lakes celebrates c​ompletion of homes — more than a decade in the making

South Florida Sun Sentinel, November 14, 2021, Lisa J. Huriash

Lauderdale Lakes’ largest planned community was supposed to be finished a long time ago: back in 2009. More than a decade later, the homes are finally all done — perfect timing to meet the high demand for new housing.

Bella Vista is now a sprawling community of 541 homes, retail space and a library, situated along Oakland Park Boulevard, just east of State Road 7. The massive development is considered a crowning achievement for the city, flinging open the remaining doors to its rental apartments.

There are 317 rental apartments, and 132 villas and 92 townhomes for purchase.  The commercial space, 2,000 square feet, is ready to start leasing to tenants.

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​Affordable apartments fo​​r seniors unveiled in Flagler Village as housing crisis worsens

South Florida Sun Sentinel, November 3, 2021, Amber Randall

A developer celebrated the opening of 100 affordable apartments for seniors in Flagler Village Tuesday morning, offering some market relief as rents continue to rise in South Florida.

The apartment complex, Village View, caters to seniors and comes at a time when South Florida renters are struggling to find affordable places to live.

Located on Andrews Avenue, the building is already fully leased, which is an indication as to how serious the housing crisis has become in South Florida, according to Matthew Rieger, CEO and president of Housing Trust Group, the developer of the building.

The units are available for families where one person is 55 years or older, with apartments from one to two bedrooms ranging from 700 square feet to more than 1,100 square feet. The complex also has a swimming pool, a fitness center and parking garage. Rents are set at a more affordable range, from $402 to $1,296 per month, with spaces reserved for seniors who earn at or below 30, 60 and 70 percent of the area median income.

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​United Way of Broward ​County to Launch New Affordable Housing Initiative

Lifestyle Media Group, September 13, 2021, Staff

Aiming to reduce the housing gap in Broward County, the United Way of Broward County tapped two business leaders to develop the programming and stainability strategy for its new Affordable Housing Initiative. Marcia Barry-Smith, President of MBS Consulting Services, will oversee the plan, while Heidi Alzate Kaufman, president of Heidi Alzate Consulting, will lead the fundraising campaign.

The initiative was created after the nonprofit organization identified affordable housing as the South Florida community’s biggest challenge. Its 2020 ALICE report indicated that 257,000 Broward County households (66 percent are people of color) are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE), with these working families one crisis away from not being able to make rent payments. 

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​​​Habitat Broward and FIU Partner to Study Homeownership Impact

Newsletter, April 13, 2021, Habitat Broward

Habitat Broward has partnered with Florida International University to conduct Broward’s first ever homeownership impact study. 

​Researchers at the Jorge Pérez Metropolitan Center at FIU will conduct the study that will examine quality of life, educational, health, and economic impacts of homeownership on Broward families. The study will also undertake extensive geo-coding to assess the effect homeownership has on wider community livability.

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​C​​ommissioners Approve Plans to Increase Affordable Housing in Broward County

Press Release, March 12, 2021, Broward County Commission

BROWARD COUNTY, FL –Commissioners have approved legislation designed to increase the number of affordable housing developments in Broward County. 

After extensive collaboration with local governments and the development community, Commissioners approved new policies included in BrowardNext – Broward County Land Use Plan to promote and increase Transit Oriented Development and housing opportunities along major transportation corridors and also increase the number of affordable housing units available for residential development.

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​Broward County Board of County Commissioners

Proposed Land Use Plan Amendments (re: Affordable Housing Policies)

On November 5, 2019, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners (Board) voted on four (4) motions to initiate amendments to Land Use Plan (LUP) policies and transmit them to the Broward County Planning Council for consideration.

  • PCT 20-3 Bonus Density Text Amendment proposes to amend Policy 2.16.3 to increase the “market rate” formula for affordable housing units restricted for a period of 30 years.
  • PCT 20-4 Commerce and AC Text Amendment proposes to add Policy 2.16.4 to allow additional permitted residential density on parcels designated "Commerce" or "Activity Center" on the Broward County Land Use Plan and adjacent to a roadway classified as a State road or County arterial, subject to inclusion of an affordable housing component.
  • PCT 20-5 2.16.2 Methodology Text Amendment proposes to amend Policy 2.16.2 to require that local governments address affordable housing supply and programs in the “moderate,” “low” and “very-low” income categories and requires local governments to use the “Broward County Affordable Housing Needs Assessment” to estimate the supply of affordable housing
  • PCT 20-6 Inclusionary Text proposes to add Policy 2.16.5 to require municipalities to adopt an inclusionary housing ordinance within its zoning or land development code no later than 24 months after the effective date of the text amendment for development resulting in a net increase of 10 or more dwelling units with exemptions for census tracts which have a median assessed value for residential properties at or below 80% of the Broward County median value.
NOTICE: A public workshop regarding these items is scheduled for Thurs., January 16, 2020, at 9:30 AM, Room 302, Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale.