Broward Housing Council (BHC)
Since 2009, the Broward Housing Council has served in an advisory capacity to the County Commission and facilitated coordination between the County, municipalities, the business community, and not-for-profit groups. The BHC addresses housing issues including, but not limited to: affordable housing, workforce housing, and homelessness.
Created by the Charter of Broward County (Section 11.07) in November 2008, the BHC has between 17-19 members representing various cities, not-for-profit housing and homelessness organizations, service providers and community representatives. Commissioner Lamar P. Fisher, District 4, serves on the BHC as the County Commission representative.
The BHC makes policy recommendations to the County Commission regarding affordable housing countywide. Their 2020 adopted Work Program addresses seven (7) key areas: Facilitate Coordination, Increase Affordable Housing Stock, Enhance Housing Stability, Advocate for Legislative Change, Streamline Process, Address Homelessness, and Support Countywide Financing.
The public is encouraged to attend the BHC bimonthly meetings, tentatively held on the last Friday of every other month, from 10 AM -12 PM, at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale.
County Opens Three Service Centers for Emergency Rental Assistance
- APPLY NOW: National ban on evictions extended to July 31 -
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. Three new 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.
Call first for an appointment: 800-204-0557
- a live agent will review all required documentation to complete process
- Housing Foundation of America
2400 N. University Drive, Suite 200
Pembroke Pines, 33024
- Housing Foundation of America
1773 N. State Road 7, Suite 101-D
- Crisis Housing Solutions (Norhtwest Family Success Center)
10077 NW 29th Street
Coral Springs, 33065
Broward County News Release...
Emergency Rental Assistance Application Portal is Now Open
Qualified Broward County residents impacted by COVID-19 can now apply for Emergency Rental Assistance. To be eligible, residents must be able to show a documented loss or reduction in income due to the pandemic, and the inability to pay rent or utilities. Payments will be made directly to landlords and utility companies. Check eligibility requirements, stay updated and apply at Broward.org/RentAssistance.
Minimum wage workers can't afford rent anywhere in America
CNN Business, July 15, 2021, Anna Bahney
Housing has become so expensive in the United States that the typical minimum wage worker cannot afford rent, according to a new report.
There is no state, county or city in the country where a full-time, minimum-wage worker working 40 hours a week can afford a two-bedroom rental, a report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition showed.
A full-time minimum-wage worker can afford a one-bedroom rental in only 7% of all US counties — 218 counties out of more than 3,000 nationwide.
The federal minimum wage is $7.25.
Thousands in South Florida could face foreclosure with federal protection coming to an end
South Florida Sun Sentinel, July 11, 2021, Rafael Olmeda
Time is running out for thousands of South Florida families who are facing foreclosure on their homes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For some, the nightmare started more than a year ago but was stalled by willingness of government officials to prevent banks from forcing people out during an unprecedented public health crisis. The Trump administration and most states stopped foreclosure and eviction proceedings on federally backed loans back in April 2020, setting expiration dates for their protection that have repeatedly been extended as the COVID crisis continued.
For others, the pandemic kept the foreclosure process from legally beginning — the moratorium on foreclosures kept banks from initiating the lawsuits in the first place, giving homeowners time to catch up or work things out with their lenders.
Now the moratorium, which applies to federally backed, single family homes, is set to expire at the end of this month. It was scheduled to expire June 30 before the Biden administration stepped in and extended it one last time.
Saving up for a home in South Florida?
South Florida Sun Sentinel, July 11, 2021, Amber Randall
Soaring home prices mean the average renter in South Florida now needs 17 years to save up for a down payment to buy a house — far longer than many places in the country, a new analysis shows.
The average nationwide is a little over 13 years, according to Zillow, an online real estate marketplace.
Supreme Court Leaves National Eviction Ban in Place
Route-Fifty, June 30, 2021, Andrea Noble
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a ruling allowing a national eviction moratorium to remain in place, rejecting a plea by landlords to strike the ban before it expires next month.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week extended the moratorium through July 31, indicating it would be the final such extension.
A lower court judge had struck down the ban, finding the CDC had overstepped its legal authority in issuing the nationwide moratorium. The decision was stayed, however, and the ban remained active while the case was petitioned to the Supreme Court.
Kavanaugh wrote in a brief decision issued Tuesday that he agreed with the lower court ruling, but that the temporary nature of the moratorium swayed his vote.
“Because the CDC plans to end the moratorium in only a few weeks, on July 31, and because those few weeks will allow for additional and more orderly distribution of the congressionally appropriated rental assistance funds, I vote at this time to deny the application to vacate the District Court’s stay of its order,” he wrote.
Were the CDC to attempt to extend the moratorium again, Kavanaugh wrote that congressional authorization would be necessary.
A New Home
Keenila Spiller, left, greets Anna Jaime, of Continental Development Holding, and Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich at a ribbon-cutting for Spiller’s new affordable rental home in Fort Lauderdale. Continental Development Holding, a newly launched Miami-based developer, plans to build more affordable housing units throughout the tri-county area, including single-family homes, townhomes, multifamily homes and duplexes in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Hallandale in 2020.
Beatrice Bray and Spiller stand in Spiller’s new affordable rental home in Fort Lauderdale.
Photos courtesy of Susan Stocker/Sun Sentinel photos