affordable housing

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The nonprofit The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is working on a ballot initiative for Fort Lauderdale voters to consider on the next general elections, on November 3, 2020.

The ordinance would try to prevent alleged discrimination when affordable housing developments get considered.

 

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Online home renting sites like Airbnb have greatly expanded the vacation rental market — when travelers rent a home or apartment instead of a hotel room.

Two new studies illustrate the impact that's having on the Florida Keys.

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U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson says lower-income areas around Miami will receive a boost from a federal tax credit meant to spur development.

Carson spoke alongside Miami Mayor Francis Suarez at a summit on Friday to promote the opportunity zone program. It involves giving investors capital gains tax credits to pump cash into poor, underinvested neighborhoods – places identified as opportunity zones. There are over 120 opportunity zones in South Florida with nearly 70 in Miami-Dade County. 

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Miami commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved a $1 billion spending plan that includes new rent subsidies for low-income seniors, park improvements and surveillance cameras to combat illegal dumping.

The percentage of children living in high-poverty neighborhoods in Florida has decreased 8 percent since the Great Recession, according to a new study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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For years, the city of Key West and Monroe County have been at odds about the location of the city's homeless shelter. But they may have reached a resolution.

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Fort Lauderdale’s trendy Flagler Village could be getting more affordable — at least for seniors.

A new affordable housing project for families with at least one resident older than 55 and seniors is planned for the neighborhood. Pending building permits, Village View is expected to break ground in December at 640 N. Andrews Ave.

Developer Housing Trust Group was spurred by the success of its similar Village Place, built nearby in 2015.

The Trump administration is moving to weaken the civil rights-era Fair Housing Act — making it much harder to bring lawsuits alleging discrimination in housing, according to housing advocates. But conservative groups applaud the move and say it would stop frivolous lawsuits.

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Secondary houses called accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, will remain unlawful in Lake Worth City's single-family neighborhoods. The Lake Worth city commission voted 3-2 on Tuesday to dismiss a proposal to allow them following a heated round of public discussion.

Omari Hardy, the City Commissioner who first proposed the bill, suggested allowing more residents to build extra dwellings on their property would keep housing affordable and boost businesses, among other benefits. 

By Ti'Anna Davis

Floridians must work the equivalent of three full-time minimum wage jobs just to afford a modestly priced two-bedroom apartment in the state. 

By Steve Newborn

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill late Friday that critics say will gut the state's system of managing growth. The bill also restricts governments from creating affordable housing.

The new law means anyone challenging a development that's inconsistent with that county's existing growth plan would have to pay the other side's attorney's fees if they lose.

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Sharon Gregory was skeptical.

She had lived in a public housing unit in Miami-Dade County’s Liberty Square complex for 17 years. She had grown weary and frightened of the violence that plagued one of the oldest public housing projects in the U.S. She remembers the day 9-year-old Sherdavia Jenkins was shot while playing on her stoop on July 1, 2006.

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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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