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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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
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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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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The majority of households in Broward County are cost-burdened. That means they’re paying more than 30 percent - in some cases more than 50 percent - of their monthly income on rent alone.  

And buying a house in Broward is more expensive than in other parts of South Florida. The median home price is $340,000, while the median income for a family of four is $64,100. 

Riverparc Square development
Courtesy of The City of Fort Lauderdale, rendering by architecture firm: Dorsky + Yue International / WLRN

This story has been updated at 11:58 a.m. on Sept. 26, 2018. 

Downtown Fort Lauderdale will soon have a massive, three tower development on its horizon. 

After some commissioners unsuccessfully tried to pull the development project up for review during Tuesday's city commisison meeting, the complex, called Riverparc Square or Southside Centre, will be going up where SW 5th St. meets Andrews Ave.

Miami Herald

If you feel like you’re spending way too much of your paycheck on your monthly rent, you’re not wrong.

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The Stonybrook Apartments in Riviera Beach have a long history of substandard living conditions.

The tenants are fighting to improve their living conditions at the federally-subsidized complex and recently filed a lawsuit.

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Extreme storms and sea level rise are leading real estate investors to look at communities with higher elevation, like Little Haiti, causing a wave of new development that threatens current residents in those areas.

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