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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.

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


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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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Voters in Broward County decided Tuesday to create a dedicated trust fund for affordable housing programs.

The trust fund creates a localized version of the state's affordable housing fund, the Sadowski Fund. But unlike the Sadowski fund, money in Broward's fund must be used exclusively on housing projects and programs. 

Future county commissions can choose how much money to contribute each year, but will not be forced to contribute a specific amount. 


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Broward County voters have a lot to decide this election. 

Every voter in the county will get 12 ballot questions; there are up to nine amendment questions, depending on the city. 

One of those amendments: a trust fund to make the cost of housing in Broward more affordable. We explain what's at stake. 

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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. 

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Resiliency is more than dealing with sea level rise, and Hurricane Irma made that point clearly, South Florida officials said at a post-Irma summit on Monday.

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Ernest Bellamy is an architectural designer and native Miamian. At 32-years-old, he decided to go back to school to get his master's degree, but decided that even with a full ride to the University of Miami opportunities looked better outside of Miami.

He is one of the many individuals who have been affected by the prosperity gap that has grown in Miami-Dade County since 2000. That’s the overarching finding of a study we reported on when it came out from the Florida International University Metropolitan Center.

Here's A Map Of Affordable Housing In Miami-Dade

May 28, 2015
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A new map created by the the University of Miami's Office of Civic and Community Engagement hopes not only to show where affordable housing is located but also some of the different demographic information that may be driving its placement.

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After plans were announced to raze the Liberty Square housing projects in Miami's Liberty City, residents and housing advocates were concerned about where the projects' inhabitants would move to as low-income housing in the city dwindles.

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When it comes to affordable housing, the Florida Keys face a quadruple whammy: low supply, high demand, strict growth limits and a tourism industry that pays low service-sector wages.

That's the conclusion of a new study from the Florida State University Consensus Center. Affordable housing woes are not new to the Keys. But the pressure eased some during the recession, according to Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi.

South Florida Ranks Fifth For Unaffordable Housing

Mar 31, 2015
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A new report from Realtor.com, an online real estate service provider, ranks South Florida fifth for unaffordable housing in the nation. It’s just below New York, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, which tops the list.