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​A New Home

​Above: 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 tricounty area, including single-family homes, townhomes, multifamily homes and duplexes in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Hallandale in 2020. 

​Right: Beatrice Bray and Spiller stand in Spiller’s new affordable rental home in Fort Lauderdale.

Photos courtesy of: 
Susan Stocker/Sun Sentinel photos

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.

They may seem like ritzy homes, but they'll actually be affordable housing for seniors

South Florida Sun Sentinel, Nov 26, 2019, by Lisa J. Huriash

It usually costs a pretty penny to live in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale with a riverfront view, but that won’t be the case for this valuable swath of land.

The Fort Lauderdale Housing Authority says it wants its efforts to benefit the poor. Construction will be completed in December 2020 on Sailboat Bend II, a new senior housing community at 437 SW Fourth Ave., south of Broward Boulevard, with a view of the New River.

The development for seniors will be built by Atlantic Pacific Communities in part with a $26.6 million Bank of America construction loan.


Can't Afford To Live In Broward County?  Here's A New Idea For More Housing, Lower Rents

South Florida Sun Sentinel, Nov 15, 2019, by Larry Barszewski

The land typically reserved for stores and offices along Broward’s busiest corridors also could be used for homes, boosting the opportunities for new housing across the region. 

Under a new county proposal, developers no longer would have to get special permission to build apartments, condos or other residential dwellings on commercial and business properties along the county’s busiest roadways.

Instead, they would have to reserve a portion of those new homes for lower-income families or make significant contributions into a county trust fund that financially supports new affordable housing projects.

The proposal also could affect overall rents in the county by creating an expanding supply of market-rate housing.  More...

Broward Moves To Expand Affordable Housing Supply by Amending Land-Use Plan

The Real Deal, Nov 06, 2019, by Mike Seemuth

Broward County gave initial approval to a land-use change that would encourage affordable housing construction on commercial sites near major roads.

County commissioners voted Tuesday to initiate the land-use change requiring that developments include a residental component with affordable units if located in high-traffic areas with "commerce" or "activity center" land-use designations.

The change allows developers to build as many as 19 market-rate residential units for each affordable one in such developments.  The affordable units would be reserved for tenants with "very low" income (up to 50 percent of median household income in Broward County).  More...

As Brightline Sparks Building Frenzy, Affordable Housing On The Way

South Florida Sun Sentinel, Nov 01, 2019, by David Lyons

Move over, developers. A nonprofit affordable housing group is looking for a piece of the Brightline real estate action.

The high-speed rail service is attracting a growing stream of out-of-town tourists, business travelers and local leisure visitors. And competition has intensified among South Florida developers who are snapping up properties near existing train stations and the sites of potential new ones, real estate experts say.

Now, the nonprofit, the South Florida Housing Link Collaborative, has obtained the financial punch to get in the game: The group recently received a three-year, $5 million investment pledge from JP Morgan Chase to help buy low-income properties along the Florida East Coast Railway line used by Brightline, and potentially, by the Tri-Rail commuter line.  More...

Missing Middle Housing Forum

Florida Atlantic University's Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions will be hosting a 3 panel forum on November 21, starting at 3:00 PM.  For more information or to register...

'One of the least affordable places to live.'  Broward grapples with housing crisis

Miami Herald, Jul 14, 2019, by Rob Wile

South Florida's affordability problem has been building for years.  Today, the region ranks as the least affordable metro in the country, thanks to skyrocketing rents and bargain-basement wages.  More...

Out of Reach 2019 Highlights Affordable Housing Crisis in Florida

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) “is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.”  They provide current information, formulate policy, and educate the public on housing needs and strategies for solutions. The NLIHC recently released its annual report, Out of Reach 2019, which marks the 30th anniversary of the publication.  Some key findings include:
  • In Broward County, workers earning minimum wage must work 80 hours or more to afford a one-bedroom rental home (fair market rent). 
  • In Florida, a full-time worker must earn an hourly wage of at least $22.86 to afford the fair market rent for a 2-bedroom rental home, without paying more than 30% of income.  This equates to annual earnings of $47,542.
  • The most expensive areas in Florida include the Fort Lauderdale, FL HUD metro FMR Area with a housing wage of $27.77 (for a 2-bedroom rental home).

Affordable Housing Needs Assessment Update 

As part of its adopted Work Program, the Broward Housing Council sponsors and supports assessments of local and regional affordable housing needs and programs to identify needs, costs and trends and to develop potential pilot programs.  In September 2018, the Broward County contracted with The Metro Center at Florida International University to update the Broward County Affordable Housing Needs Assessment (2014).  The Broward Housing Council recommended forwarding the updated Needs Assessment to the Board of County Commissioners, who accepted it at their May 7, 2019 meeting.  The report’s Key Findings indicate that 58% of renters are cost burdened and 87% of households cannot afford the median sales price of $350,000.  Read the full report here

BrowardNEXT 2.0 Adopted by County Commission 

On March 28, 2019, the Board of County Commissioners adopted BrowardNEXT 2.0, the County’s updated Land Use and Comprehensive Plan.  The County worked with community members and municipalities to ensure the plans reflect current and anticipated growth and priorities. These priorities address a wide range of issues including transportation, affordable housing, climate change and economic development.  The new plan became effective May 11, 2019.

2019 Rental Market Study Released 

The Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) recently released the 2019 Rental Market Study, an annual study prepared by the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies (University of Florida).  A review of statewide trends shows that Broward and Miami-Dade Counties have highest number of low income, cost burdened households in the state (households earning up to 60% AMI and paying 40% or more of income on monthly rent). Between 2000-2017, Florida’s rental housing stock increased by 674,000 units; however, it lost about 44,000 units renting for $1,000 or less.  The full report is available on the FHFC website. 

Landlord Recruitment Initiative Underway

The Broward Housing Council’s Work Program addresses homelessness by supporting the Broward County Homeless Continuum of Care’s (CoC) programs and initiatives.  The Homeless Initiative Partnership, who implements the CoC Board’s responsibilities, has announced the implementation of a new Landlord Recruitment Initiative.  The program’s goal is to match Broward County landlords who have homes to rent, with individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness. Rent is guaranteed by local government, state and federally funded programs.  More...The Broward Housing Council’s Work Program addresses homelessness by supporting the Broward County Homeless Continuum of Care’s (CoC) programs and initiatives.  The Homeless Initiative Partnership, who implements the CoC Board’s responsibilities, has announced the implementation of a new Landlord Recruitment Initiative.  The program’s goal is to match Broward County landlords who have homes to rent, with individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness. Rent is guaranteed by local government, state and federally funded programs.  More...

Affordable Housing Toolkit for Counties Now Available

Although housing affordability is a shared priority nationwide, the available options to promote housing affordability vary between counties due to differences in jurisdiction and authority under state constitutions and statutes.  On March 1, the National Association of Counties (NACo) released its Affordable Housing Toolkit for Counties which addresses housing affordability at the county level, including issues such as funding sources, zoning/land use, partnerships and advocacy. The toolkit is the culmination of a series of reports on housing affordability developed over the past year, and ties together resources, key takeaways and county examples from NACo's four previous reports.  More…

Sadowski Housing Trust Fund
Video highlights affordable housing issues and high costs in Broward County and the general issues that come with affordability costs.