NLIHC Releases Out of Reach 2022: The High Cost of Housing
July 28, 2022
Washington, DC – NLIHC released its annual report, Out of Reach 2022: The High Cost of Housing, showing that low-wage workers are facing severe challenges affording housing amid record-breaking rent increases. The report highlights the mismatch between the wages people earn and the price of decent rental housing in every state, metropolitan area, and county in the U.S. The report also calculates the “Housing Wage” a full-time worker must earn to afford a rental home without spending more than 30% of their income on housing costs. This year’s national Housing Wage is $25.82 per hour for a modest two-bedroom home at fair market rent and $21.25 per hour for a modest one-bedroom home.
Out of Reach report steps down information from a by state view map showing hourly wage required to afford a two bedroom rental. Hover your mouse over Florida to show some more in depth information, then click the MORE INFO link to view Florida. Right side, under Working at minimum wage block, click DOWNLOAD STATE REPORT for a 6-page report which breaks out costs by metropolitan areas and by county.
Download the full report.
FHFC 2020 income and rent limits for SHIP and HHRP
FHFC has published the 2022 income and rent limits for SHIP and HHRP, effective April 18, 2022. For new limits, Broward County section is at the bottom of page 1, Miami-Dade is 2nd from top of page 8, and Palm Beach is 3rd from top of page 9.
BSO Homeless Resource Guide
The Homeless Resource Guide issued by the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) is a comprehensive listing of services, facilities and agencies providing support and outreach for those experiencing homelessness. This document assists lcoal service providers in referring homeless clients to appropriate resources.
Affordable Housing Dashboard now LIVE
A countywide Affordable Housing Dashboard is now available, launched Monday, December 13, 2021. The Dashboard is an initiative of the Broward Housing Council (BHC), who adopted it in their 2021 Work Program. This is a collaborative effort of GIS, Demographic and Planning staff of the Urban Planning Division (UPD).
The dashboard can be reached through the link above, the first listing on the top blue menu bar, Affordable Housing Dashboard. This is an evolving resource, and will be continually updated for current and relevant information.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) enhancements
The County is implementing a series of program enhancements to accelerate the processing of applications received by the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) and get faster financial assistance to tenants and landlords who have suffered economic hardship due to COVID-19.
The following improvements will be made:
The processing of applications, previously outsourced, will be handled by Broward County's Human Services Department, Family Success Division. A "strike team" of knowledgeable and experienced staff has been assembled to lead this effort.
The Information Hotline, also previously outsourced, will now be handled by Broward County's Call Center and will be open Monday through Friday, from 8:30AM to 5PM. Additional call center specialists have been added to assist with questions. The new phone number is 954-831-ERAP (3727). The old phone number will remain in service with a message directing callers to the new number.
The online application portal, powered by Neighborly, has not changed. However, going forward, the portal will periodically open and close to facilitate the timely processing of applications received. The first closure of the portal will be at 11:59PM on Sunday, November 7, to allow County staff time to process all previously submitted applications. The portal will reopen on Sunday, November 21. Funds are still available to help residents who have experienced financial hardship directly or indirectly related to COVID-19. To check on the status of portal openings and closings, visit Rent Assistance.
Even when the portal is closed to new applications, previous applicants who are already working with a case manager will be permitted to upload missing or supplemental documents to the portal as requested, to keep their application moving through the approval process.
The number of intake centers offering in-person assistance with applications and documentation has increased from two to four. Assistance is available at each of the County's Family Success Centers, located in Coral Springs, Hollywood/West Park, Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. Appointments and facial coverings are required.
Several thousand partially completed applications are in the portal, and tenants and/or landlords must complete and submit them before 11:59PM Sunday, November 7 to be considered in this round of approvals. Unfinished applications in the system will still be available to residents when the portal reopens on November 21.
"Broward County is committed to the fast and efficient processing of this emergency assistance funding, which can help so many of our residents and landlords who have experienced financial hardship and difficulty paying rent or utilities during COVID-19," said Natalie Beasley, Assistant Director of Family Success. "These enhancements are going to help ensure these dollars get out into the community where they can help those who need it the most, including those who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability due to the pandemic."
Emergency Rental Assistance
UPDATE: December 1, 2021 -Application Portal Now Accepting Applications
Apply Online or Schedule In-person Appointment
Residents behind on their rent and utility balances due to a COVID-19 financial hardship are encouraged to submit an application for Emergency Rental Assistance before the end of the national eviction ban. Four customer service centers offer in-person assistance if necessary or desired – an appointment is required.
Broward County has received $53 million in federal funding for its Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), which for eligible residents provides 100 percent of past due rent and utility payments as far back as March 2020.
- APPLY NOW: Appointment lines are open for in-person applications
Call first for an appointment: 800-204-0557
- a live agent will review all required documentation to complete process
- appointment will be set for specific intake location
MUST FOLLOW COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
- Wear a mask that covers nose and mouth
- Maintain social distance
- Arrive at the designated time
In-Person Application Intake Locations:
- Northwest Family Success Center
10077 NW 29th Street
Coral Springs, 33065
- North Family Success Center
2011 NW 3rd Avenue
- South Regional Family Success Center
4733 SW 18th Street
- Central Family Success Center
900 NW 31st Avenue, Suite 3000
Fort Lauderdale, 33311
Questions/more information: 1-888-692-7203
- for non- COVID-19 related assistance, contact a Family Success Center
Rent Assistance Information | Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)