The Path Forward: Rethinking Solutions for Homelessness in Florida. To end homelessness, there is a growing consensus that local communities that achieve success:
- Create a local system that has a goal to make homelessness rare, brief and one time,
- Focus on housing solutions like Rapid Rehousing, permanent supportive housing, and
Housing First practices:
- Use data to track progress and monitor performance,
- Invest only in proven solutions to homelessness, and
- Direct sufficient resources from the public and private sector to right-size the system and programs to be sufficient to match the community’s unique needs
Curbing the Loss of Affordable Rental Housing in Florida: A Risk Assessment Approach. Preservation of affordable housing has been hampered by a lack of multifamily housing research and data. This paper describes the creation of an assisted housing inventory and the analysis of property characteristics as an approach to identify properties most at risk of loss and to steer preservation policy and funding. This risk assessment approach is applied to Florida’s assisted housing stock. For units at risk by 2015, it found that the majority receives project-based rental assistance, that all population groups are impacted by the potential loss, that almost half have non-profit ownership, and that only four counties house almost 50 percent of atrisk units. Rent restructuring, debt restructuring, additional funding programs and property tax relief are described as preservation strategies.
The Relative Cost of Homelessness in the Suncoast Region of Florida And the Economic Impact of Providing Sustainable Housing Solutions July 2015. The findings in this study indicate that when adding the local public costs that could be avoided by reducing chronic homelessness to the related positive economic activity of developing additional affordable housing options across the region, the total economic impact would be conservatively projected at just over $82,100,000. Beyond measuring the economic impact, implementing a long-range solution built on increasing the supply of affordable housing, plus expanding access to services, reduces the burden of homelessness on law enforcement, emergency transports, hospitals and the business community, freeing up those valuable resources to serve others—thereby improving the quality of life for everyone in the community.
HOME MATTERS: The 2014 Report from the Florida Housing Coalition. The Florida Housing Coalition has produced this report in support of Home Matters® (www.HomeMattersAmerica.com), a national movement to make Home a reality for everyone by elevating the importance of Home’s impact on people’s health, education, personal success, public safety, and the economy. Participating in Home Matters is a coast-to-coast coalition composed of members of the general public, leaders of housing and community development organizations, as well as other organizations concerned about increasing the positive impact of Home in their communities.
Analysis of Impediments To Fair Housing Choice: Escambia Consortium. Escambia County, Pensacola, Santa Rosa County – June 2012. The purpose of the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing is to review the housing choices in the jurisdiction to determine whether those choices are available to all. The Fair Housing Act specifies that housing occupancy shall not be affected by race, color, religion, sex, familial status, disability, or national origin.
The Need for Farmworker Housing in Florida May 28, 2013. Prepared for the Florida Housing Finance Corporation.
Council of Homelessness: 2014 Report. The recommendations in this report are designed to build upon and expand the success Florida has achieved in recent years. The Council encourages several potential solutions, from providing flexible funding to supporting local initiatives to help households with extremely low incomes. The Council also emphasizes the need to continue increasing the supply of affordable housing for our homeless neighbors. There is no doubt that effective public-private collaboration at state and local levels, combined with strong community participation, is key to solving homelessness; as is breaking down the barriers to talking about it. .
Florida Multifamily Efficiencies Opportunities Study January 2015. Prepared for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Office of Energy.
The goal of this study is to identify opportunities to improve the energy and water efficiency of Florida’s multifamily rental properties. Because the bulk of savings potential in the multifamily building stock is in existing properties and because low‐income households tend to bear a disproportionate share of the cost burdens associated with rental property inefficiencies, the focus is on identifying policy, program and code incentives to encourage Florida’s multifamily property owners to invest in energy‐and water‐efficiency retrofit activities.
Webinars and Presentations
Heartland 2060: Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant – Housing Suitability Model September 2014. GIS-based decision tool to assess optimum locations for development and preservation of affordable housing
Florida Housing Coalition. This page provides links pertaining to affordable housing and related topics.
Affordable Housing Planning Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Comprehensive Plan Requirements for Affordable Housing
Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse. Immediate access to all tabular data in the Clearinghouse for a single city or county in Florida: demographics, housing market and supply characteristics, and affordable housing needs.
APA Policy Guide on Housing. Planners have the skills and ethical responsibility to create communities where diverse housing options are available to existing and future residents. This Housing Policy Guide sets forth specific policies and actions which will help APA, its members, and national partners effectively address this country’s housing needs.
Shimberg Center for Housing Studies. The Shimberg Center for Housing Studies was established at the University of Florida in 1988 to promote safe, decent and affordable housing and related community development throughout the state of Florida.
Developing Sustainable Housing: Moving Beyond Green. Most discussions of sustainable housing focus on the environmental and economic aspects, overlooking the social dimension. Achieving sustainable housing requires a holistic framework, incorporating the economic, environmental, and social dimensions of sustainability in equal parts. Planners must help ensure that social equity is given equal attention during discussions of sustainable housing.
Creating Strong Communities: How to Measure the Social Sustainability of New Housing Developments. This report describes the development of a framework to measure the social sustainability of new housing and mixed-use developments. The aim of this project is to create a practical and cost-effective way of measuring people’s quality of life and the strength of community, which can be mainstreamed across Berkeley. to achieve this, a measurement framework was developed, grounded in academic research about social sustainability and its relationship to the built environment, and evidence from national surveys carried out by government and research councils about what is known to boost quality of life and well-being in a local area.
Housing Horizon. A blog about affordable housing and community development