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The Broward Housing Council (BHC) invites you to its virtual Annual Affordable Housing Workshop, 9am to 12noon, Friday, October 23, 2020.  View the agenda, register and participate through WebEx.

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.


NOTICE


Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief: Governor DeSantis has permitted Executive Order 20-211 to expire

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently enacted a nationwide residential evictions Order that provides federal eviction relief to persons who submit a valid Declaration to their landlord regarding their inability to pay rent. Executive Order 20-211 had provided a limited, one month extension of state eviction relief to persons affected by the COVID-19 emergency. Executive Order 20-211 pertaining to the State’s mortgage foreclosure and eviction relief was permitted to expire to avoid any confusion over whether the CDC’s evictions Order should apply in a particular circumstance. The CDC’s evictions Order expires on December 31, 2020, unless extended.

CDC Evictions Order
CDC Evictions Declaration Form

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Current News


Buying a house in Miami is now more expensive than ever. Broward isn’t much 

Miami Herald, November 19, 2020, Rebecca San Juan

South Florida outdid itself again. The median sales price for a single-family home in Miami hit $435,000 in October, surpassing last month’s median price of $425,000, a historical high.

The total number of existing home sales rose more than 16% in October 2020 compared to October 2019 sales in both Miami-Dade County and Broward, according to the Miami

Association of Realtors.

The total number of home sales was up more than 12% in September 2020 over September 2019 sales in both counties, the Realtors said. That follows a similar increase in August, which provided welcome relief after the four-month decline in previous months.

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Broward is getting a new $30M affordable housing project, thanks to two developers

Miami Herald, October 20, 2020, Rebecca San Juan

A new affordable housing community is in the pipeline for Broward County.

The Coral Gables-based development firms Coral Rock Development Group and the Paragon Group of Florida are building a $30 million affordable housing townhome complex, Highland Oaks, in Pompano Beach, according to a press release. The two-story rental community will have 138 townhouses and 305 parking spaces.

The project spans 10.75 acres at 921 NW Third Ave. Construction is anticipated to start in late 2020 and end by late 2021.

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Florida Sees Signals of a Climate-Driven Housing Crisis

New York Times, October 12, 2020, Christopher Flavelle

Home sales in areas most vulnerable to sea-level rise began falling around 2013, researchers found. Now, prices are following a similar downward path.

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Miami-Dade is one storm away from a housing catastrophe. Nearly 1M people are at risk.

Miami Herald, October 08, 2020, Rene Rodriguez and Yadira Lopez 

As the tail end of one of the most active hurricane seasons in history nears, Miami-Dade County appears once again poised to emerge unscathed. The region dodged hurricanes and tropical storms that posed a potential threat to South Florida. But what will happen when our luck runs out?

Housing advocates have long feared that the city is one storm away from disaster; nearly a third of all housing structures in Miami-Dade County built before 1990 are at risk of wind damage, mold contamination and even complete devastation from a hurricane.

According to U.S. Census figures, nearly one million people could be left homeless in a worst-case scenario — the majority of them among the poorest of the county’s residents. 

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Housing shortage fuels rising cost of homes in America

CBS This Morning, September 25, 2020, CBS News

The median price of a townhouse, home or condo soared above $300,000 for the first time over the summer. The average property is selling in just 22 days, faster than ever. 

That new demand has run into an old problem. Since 1960, home prices across the country have risen more than four times faster than income, and many experts say the cause is frustratingly simple: America has a housing shortage. Some 400,000 fewer homes came up for sale this summer, compared to last, according to data from the National Association of Realtors and the U.S. Census Bureau. 

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Broward County Total Home Sales Rise in August 2020

Miami Realtors, September 22, 2020, Chris Umpierre

Broward County total home sales surged in August 2020, according to the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.

Broward County total home sales jumped 6.7% year-over-year, from 2,895 to 3,089. Broward single-family home sales jumped 16.4% year-over-year, from 1,436 to 1,672. Broward existing condo transactions decreased 2.9% year-over-year, from 1,459 to 1,417.

Strong demand coupled with limited supply continue to drive price appreciation in Broward.

Broward County single-family home prices increased 12.5% year-over-year in August 2020, increasing from $369,750 to $416,000. Existing condo prices increased 13.2% year-over-year, from $176,540 to $199,900.

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Governor Approves 2020-21 State Budget

Florida Government News Releases, June 29, 2020, Staff

Today, the Governor signed HB 5001 – General Appropriations Act (“Budget”) – into law. The overall budget totals $92.2 billion, with over $1 billion in vetoes to supplant losses in revenue due to the COVID-19 health pandemic.  The area of Affordable Housing received 2020-21 Fiscal Year funding as follows:

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

  • $145 million to fund Workforce and Affordable Housing Programs. 

    • $115 million for the State Apartment Incentive Loan (SAIL) Program

    • $30 million for the Hurricane Housing Recovery Program. 

$225 million of the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) fund was vetoed. However, last week the Governor appropriated $250 million in CARES Act funding for rental and mortgage assistance for Florida families that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be two funding pools totaling up to $240 million and sets aside up to $10 million in expected operational costs for the program. Below is a summary of how funds are to be allocated:

Rental Assistance for Affordable Rental Housing Tenants

$120 million will provide short-term rental assistance for COVID-19 impacted households residing at multifamily rental properties in FHFC’s portfolio. 

  • FHFC will reimburse participating properties to subsidize eligible households’ rents for each impacted month. 
  • The rental assistance will be available to help pay a household’s rent for eligible months from July through December 2020. 
  • The household may be eligible for assistance to pay rent arrearages accrued during the months of April, May and June 2020.

Rent and Mortgage Assistance

A separate pool of $120 million will be released to counties based on a county’s reemployment assistance rate for the determined disbursement period. The allocation also includes $200,000 for technical assistance to local governments. These funds would be used for rental and homeowner assistance programs such as:

  • New construction.
  • Rehabilitation.
  • Mortgage buydowns.
  • Down payment.
  • Closing cost assistance.
  • Emergency repairs. 
  • Homeownership counseling for individuals impacted by COVID-19. 

Operations Assistance for Special Needs Developments and Administrative Costs

  • A one-time allocation of $2 million will be provided to assist with past and future costs related to additional staffing, security and supplies directly related to COVID-19 in serving special needs and homeless households residing in the supportive housing developments. The allocation will be based on each development’s total number of units.
  • Additionally, $8 million will be provided in expected administrative costs, including credit underwriting, disbursement review and processing, compliance monitoring and technical assistance. Funds not used for administration, if any, would be added to Rental Assistance and/or Operations Assistance for Special Needs Developments.

Statement on veto of Sadowski housing trust funds

Member newsletter, June 29, 2020, Sadowski Affiliates

SHIP funding was vetoed from Florida budget, CARES Act funding directed to rental and mortgage assistance. 

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FHFC Releases 2019 Annual Report 

The Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) 2019 Annual Report is now available online. The report, themed: “Welcoming Families Home,” is available for print and/or viewing. 

Annual reports...


Governor Ron DeSantis Announces $250 Million for Affordable Housing Coronavirus Relief Initiative

Florida Government News Releases, June 25, 2020, Staff

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced $250 million in CARES Act funding for rental and mortgage assistance for Florida families that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Many families across our state have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 through no fault of their own,” said Governor DeSantis. “This initiative strives to provide financial assistance through multiple affordable housing programs to ensure these Floridians receive the support they need during this difficult time.”

“Florida Housing is grateful for the Governor’s strong support of housing and the programs proposed to give renters and homeowners impacted by COVID-19 the relief they desperately need,” said Florida Housing Finance Corporation Executive Director Trey Price. “The Governor and Florida Housing stand together in guaranteeing Florida households stay a priority, and ensuring families have the necessary assistance and tools in place to remain in their homes affordably during this public health emergency.”

The initiative includes two funding pools totaling up to $240 million and sets aside up to $10 million in expected operational costs for the program.

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Is America's Housing Ready for an Aging Population?

United States Census Bureau, June 22, 2020, Jonathan Vespa

It should come as no surprise that older Americans overwhelmingly want to stay in their home as they age. But are their homes ready for them to stay?

For millions of older Americans, home is where they raised a family, hosted holidays and told bedtime stories to their children and grandchildren. It is often their nest egg as well as an anchor to their community.

But older homes don’t always meet the needs of older Americans, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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South Florida rents are declining as coronavirus chases tenants away from downtowns

Sun Sentinel, June 20, 2020, David Lyons

The coronavirus pandemic might be chasing people away from living on top of each other in apartments.
Rents are gradually declining, suggesting that tenants are looking elsewhere for room to work at home and stay healthy.
In 30 South Florida cities, the rent for 62% of one-bedroom units are either flat or declining, according to Zumper, a national apartment search firm. The percentage increases to 69% for two-bedroom prices.

Feds Pump Millions Into Disability Housing As Part Of Coronavirus Relief

DisabilityScoop, June 9, 2020, Michelle Diament

Federal officials are funneling millions of dollars into new housing opportunities for people with disabilities across the nation.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said it is making available nearly $77 million to support as many as 8,300 housing vouchers for this population.

The funding for what’s known as the Section 811 Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program was announced late last month and is part of the CARES Act, a large coronavirus relief package approved by Congress in March.

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Florida Housing Unveils Redesigned Affordable Rental Housing Locator

Newsletter, April 30, 2020, Florida Housing

The Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) unveiled the redesign of the statewide online affordable rental housing locator called FloridaHousingSearch.org. The locator is part of Florida Housing’s ongoing effort to respond to affordable rental housing needs in general as well as during natural disasters. While there has been no change to the locator’s services it provides and it is still free, the new design is more user and mobile-friendly making it easier for affordable housing developments to list their vacancies and for consumers to find them.

Newsletter release...


Spotlight


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 tricounty 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






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