affordable housing

DANIEL VARELA DVARELA@MIAMIHERALD.COM

The pull of sunshine, designer living and lower taxes are attracting more home buyers to South Florida's high-end real estate market.

And Michael Goldstein, President of the Acqualina Brand, says the buyers are coming from one place in particular.

“Sixty-five percent of my buyers are coming from the northeast,” Goldstein says. "Most of the buyers that are coming in, they are not buying my small units, they are buying combination units, penthouses, single-family homes.”

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Sybrina Fulton lost her son, Trayvon Martin, to gun violence in 2012. The story gained national attention, as did the trial where the shooter, George Zimmerman, was acquitted. Fulton started the Trayvon Martin Foundation that year and continues to work with the organization to spread awareness about gun violence. She is now running for Miami-Dade County Commission District Seat 1, against Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert. She joined Sundial to talk about gun violence, her story and campaign.

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A controversial apartment tower proposed in downtown Fort Lauderdale has been revised in response to opposition, but still offers hundreds of small studios for people with low incomes.

Though downtown Fort Lauderdale has been growing in recent years with a high-rise building boom, the proposal submitted last year for a tower at 700 SE Fourth Ave. hit strong resistance. A majority on the City Commission said they didn’t support the project, mainly because it was too dense. The project also had opponents in the community, including across U.S. 1 in Rio Vista.

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A plan for the future of the historic Little Havana neighborhood was released Tuesday after two years of preparation. 

The "Little Havana Me Importa" effort launched in 2017 after the neighborhood was named a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since then, more than 2,700 residents have given their input about the future of their neighborhood through workshops and surveys. The collaboartion is being led by PlusUrbia, the National Trust and private sector developers.

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The 435-foot tall glass building shaped like a guitar is hard to miss while driving on the Florida Turnpike in Broward County. 

As a monument to the Gibson Les Paul guitar and the growing development in Hollywood, the $1.5 billion dollar expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is the first of its kind in terms of opportunities - and challenges.  

 

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The number of people spending more money than they should on housing in Broward County, keeps going up. 

 

The Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday to begin construction on affordable housing at 1900 NW 2nd Court, Miami, in Overtown. 

The project will construct twin homes for families, each with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms.

“Miami ...  is one of the most expensive places to live, to rent and to own," said Cornelius Shiver, the Executive director of the CRA. "So the main benefit is to bring affordable housing homes that are affordable to the community." 

Mold. Leaks. Rodents. Crime. These are just some of the things the nation's 2 million public housing residents have to worry about. Many of the buildings they live in have been falling into disrepair for decades. Public housing officials estimate that it would cost $50 billion to fix them up.

But the Trump administration wants to eliminate the federal fund now used to repair public housing in favor of attracting more private investment to fix up and replace it.

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"Veto! Veto! Veto!"

A group of about two dozen protesters chanted in front of the Tri-Rail station in Hollywood Tuesday. Together, they represented a handful of environmental groups that have been writing letters and calling Gov. Ron DeSantis's office, asking him to veto two bills on his desk.

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It is expensive to live in South Florida. People pay a lot for housing while wages are relatively low.

The latest research by the city of Miami and Miami Homes for All finds about 60 percent of renters are cost-burdened, which means they pay more than 30 percent of income for housing expenses.

Nadege Green / WLRN

South Florida is a hub for artists. But like many other working professionals in the region, artists often find they are priced out of affordable housing. 

Sam Turken

Miami residents face the highest housing cost burden of any large metro area in the country. Last year the city of Miami passed an inclusionary zoning measure for the Omni housing development downtown. It would require a portion of the apartments in those developments to be designated affordable.

Danny Rivero / WLRN

In the hunt for housing affordability, mobile home parks have been an oasis. But developers are eyeing them, increasing rents and forcing some residents to leave.

Daniel Rivero / WLRN

A Homestead trailer park for people who are 55 and older has been sold and residents warned that they will have to leave the premises within six months. The loss of trailer park lots, which rent for $400 a month per home, comes at a time when studies have found South Florida to be the most unaffordable metro area in the nation, especially for the elderly.

University of Miami Center for Civic and Community Engagement

A new tool created by the University of Miami Center for Civic and Community Engagement identifies potential land around Miami-Dade County that can be used for affordable housing. Called LAND, which stands for "Land Access for Neighborhood Development," it identifies parcels of empty or underutilized land. 

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