A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Dear Elected Officials and Citizens of Broward County:
It is a pleasure to submit the Broward Housing Council’s Annual Report for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Despite recent economic improvements for many Americans, affordable housing in the United States is growing more scarce. The Broward Housing Council and its partners are committed to investing in our communities to build neighborhoods where people want to raise families and build businesses. Part of that vision includes providing Broward County residents with options for quality affordable housing. We have seen the need for affordable housing, foreclosure intervention and financial counseling increase, and we continue to face the challenges of funding the solutions. The decrease in funding for housing programs and projects continues to be of great concern. The countywide allocation for FY 2011-2012 was $191,647,885; this represents a slight decrease of $84,633 or .04% from FY 2010-2011 allocation. This figure does not include the Federal Recovery/Stimulus Program Funds of which approximately $156 million was allocated to the Broward County region of which approximately $112.7 million has been expended.
I am proud to say that through commitment and hard work, the Broward Housing Council has worked with public and private partners, helping to accomplish their goals and mission. The last three years have been record years in the production of new affordable housing in Broward County. The website continues to improve and we have added a quarterly electronically newsletter to our outreach strategy. Together with our partners, we will continue to make significant contributions to the lives of Broward County residents.
In the words of Mark Twain, “Challenges make life interesting; however, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
Lois Wexler, Chair
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