The items below are the areas of emphasis as stated in the 2012-2013 Broward County Housing Council Work Program.
Item I: Education and Advocacy
A. All entitlement communities should fund foreclosure counseling and assistance strategies.
B. Require Homebuyer Education courses through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Certified Counseling Agencies for programs supported with local, state and federal affordable housing funds.
C. Educate municipalities, local business leaders, and legislative leaders on affordable housing issues.
D. Recommend municipalities incorporate the 2011 Broward County Affordable Housing Needs Assessment
Study into their Comprehensive Plans.
E. Send correspondence i.e. the 2011 Broward County Affordable Housing Needs Assessment Study along
with the Work Program to Senator Lizbeth Benaqisto, Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.
Item II: Legislation
A. Support retaining the funding for State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program.
B. Support rule making by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) that provides state tax credit on
a “need” basis.
C. Recommend the definition of preservation of affordable housing for FHFC Programs be expanded to include
adaptive reuse, repurposing, and redevelopment.
Item III: Foreclosure Counseling and Education
A. Continue and encourage foreclosure counseling workshops throughout Broward County by local nonprofit
HUD certified Housing Counseling Agencies and local banks.
B. Support fair share of federal funds for foreclosure counseling and mitigation through the “Hardest Hit”
program areas which includes Broward County.
C. Support training for foreclosure counselors.
D. Evaluate the success rates by lenders assisting homeowners through the Hardest Hit Funds.
Item IV: Provide New Affordable Multi-Family Rental Units
A. Prioritize resources for new multi-family development.
B. Create flexible sources of “gap financing” for new multi-family development.
C. Support local government and private sector funding, including but not limited to: youths transitioning
out of foster care, special needs population, veterans, and families.
D. Recommend Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) increase the 250 set-aside of units for Broward
County tax credit projects.
E. Recommend FHFC award projects based on the greatest needs vs. project driven.
Item V: Homelessness: Rapid Re-Housing/Supportive Housing
A. Encourage entitlement communities to jointly or individually fund projects that add new transitional
and/or permanent supportive housing.
B. Evaluate the number of “net” new units of transitional and/or permanent supportive housing.
C. Support funding to create a web-based application software (HMIS) that would be used for data collection
for Broward County’s Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP) Administration.
D. Provide adequate and safe housing for homeless and low-income populations to match demand.
Item VI: Evaluate Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Activities by Banks in Broward County
A. Research federal CRA guidelines and requirements for local banks for compliance and identification.
B. Inventory current CRA program activities for all banks in Broward County.
C. Present inventory of CRA activities to Broward Housing Council by June 2013.
D. Define options and approaches to coordinate CRA activities with affordable housing priorities for
Item VII: Maintain the Broward Housing Council Website
A. The website shall include, but not limited to, the following elements:
a. Federal, state and local housing agency’s links
b. Federal, state and local training opportunities (public and private)
c. Federal, state and local funding and resource information
d. Broward County entitlement communities' Consolidated Plans, Annual Action Plans, and
Local Housing Assistance Plans
f. Request for Proposals (RFP) for affordable housing strategies
g. Nonprofit, for-profit and foundation affordable housing activities/opportunities
h. Policy and Data Research
i. Best Practices at the local, state and federal level
B. Prepare quarterly newsletter to be distributed via e-mail.
C. Evaluate the development of the website one year from the date the site went live (October 2012).
D. Incorporate social media (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc.) on the website as technology evolves.
Item VIII: Produce the Housing Council Annual Report
A. Production and funding for homeownership.
B. Resources and clients for foreclosure counseling.
C. Production and funding for home repair.
D. Production and funding for barrier-free/special needs populations.
E. Production and funding for multi-family rental.
F. Report on all Housing Council Work Program activities.
G. Report on total units and funding for the Housing Authorities.
H. Add success case studies.
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