housing

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On this Wednesday, March 25, episode of Sundial:

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Allen Eyestone / Palm Beach Post

BELLE GLADE — A stone’s throw from Dorothy McCloud’s house are fields of sugarcane, which is the reason why she keeps rat poison on hand. Whenever the crop is burned before harvesting, the rodents scurry from the fields and into nearby buildings and homes.

KOBI KARP

In a city driven by real estate development, it’s uncommon for government to take bold action against developers’ interests. Wednesday night, Miami’s planning and zoning board made a strong statement about the future of redevelopments on large swaths of the city’s neighborhoods: Stop doing them — or at least stop doing them the way they’ve been done for a decade.

affordable housing
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The first five houses in a master plan to bring to bring more affordable homes to Broward County were unveiled Monday in Fort Lauderdale's Sistrunk neighborhood. 

Continental Development Holding (CDH) has a goal to build 500 units of affordable housing in South Florida by 2024, particularly in the areas of Fort Lauderdale and Dania Beach. 

 

The five units inaugurated on Monday have been capped with rent limits, and the idea is to help people spend no more than 30 to 35 percent of their monthly income just on rent.

BAYVIEW HOMES

The last time the Florida building code changed, it required any new construction along the coast to elevate buildings a whole foot. Just three years later, that doesn’t look like enough. There’s a call to go up yet another foot.

Sophia Cai / WLRN News

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. 

Lily Oppenheimer / WLRN

Bishop  James Adams, of Overtown’s historic St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, is no stranger to Miami redevelopment politics.

Over the last decade, while controversial mega developments have heightened fears of rapid gentrification in Miami, Adams has pushed to preserve Pan-Africanism in Overtown and has held developers accountable for promises of jobs

A Jacksonville state representative’s bill aimed at easing the burden on victims of housing discrimination who are pursuing civil action passed unanimously in its first committee stop this week.

Creative Class Group / creativeclass.com

A new report has found that six in 10 employed adults in South Florida are spending more than 30 percent of their income on rent. That’s the highest of any metro area in the country.

Daniel Varela / Miami Herald

Miami has the highest household vacancy rate among the nation’s 50 largest metro areas, according to a new study by the online loan marketplace, LendingTree.

Vacancies include housing that is for seasonal use or that is for sale or for rent and unoccupied. Using data recorded by the Census Bureau, LendingTree calculated that 17 percent of the Miami metro area’s 2.5 million households are vacant.

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

The Florida Keys could be facing a deadline that's unprecedented in South Florida. Four years from now, there might not be any more homes that can be built in the Keys.

The state has a rule that the island chain has to be able to get everyone out 24 hours before a hurricane hits. And there’s just one road out. So there’s a limit to how many people are allowed to live in the Keys.

That means people who live in the Keys — and especially the people who would like to build there in the future — are trying to figure out what to do.

U.S. Army and Air Force leaders have ordered inspections of housing on their bases amid reports about unsafe conditions. 

Caitie Switalski / WLRN

More than 100 supporters of the nonprofit The AIDS Healthcare Foundation rallied in front of Fort Lauderdale City Hall Monday night. 

Chanting,"Healthy housing for all!" the group wore white T-shirts that said, "Love Thy Neighbor." 

The foundation is trying to build a 680-unit micro-apartment tower in the city's downtown but has met opposition from nearby residents who expressed concern over lack of services for potentially formerly homeless people living in the building, and about the size and density of the development.  

Brookings Institute

Homes in black neighborhoods in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach are being undervalued, according to a study released last month by the Brookings Institute.

In South Florida, homes in predominantly black neighborhoods are valued at $41,000 less than comparable homes in white neighborhoods.

The study, titled “The Devaluation of Assets in Black Neighborhoods,” found across the country racism plays a role in the value of a home.

Fort Lauderdale
Kevin Verbeem via Flickr Creative Commons / WLRN

Broward County is the most cost-burdened area in the country, according to a Harvard study. Residents are paying more than 30 percent of their monthly income on rent alone.

 

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