Our hearts go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Ian. In the wake of the severe damage caused, we understand that your emergent focus is on short-term recovery. The Coalition’s Disaster Recovery and Resilience team are here to provide resources as you begin focusing on your long-term recovery efforts. The Coalition offers weekly disaster recovery webinars for pertinent resilience and recovery updates. Additionally, our website provides guides for pre-disaster planning and housing disaster recovery.
You may be interested to know the Coalition implemented a Business Continuity Plan drawing from Enterprise’s Business Continuity Toolkit. We were able to implement this during Ian, and highly recommend this tool to other nonprofits and affordable housing developers. We can help you implement this plan to be prepared for the future. Contact Gladys Cook at email@example.com for more information.
The Florida Housing Coalition has put together a new resource page for local governments, housing advocates, and industry groups on how to use Coronavirus State Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the American Rescue Plan to make significant investments in affordable housing. This program provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity for local governments to address the affordable housing crisis. These funds can be used for affordable housing development, supportive housing services, down payment assistance, nonprofit aid, and other eligible activities. The Coalition can help your local government use SLFRF dollars for affordable housing initiatives. Please contact Kody Glazer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
West Palm Beach Launches Community Engagement Web Platform to Gather Community Feedback on Closing the Gap: Investing in Black Homeownership
In conjunction with the Center for Racial Equity at the Florida Housing Coalition, the City of West Palm Beach has launched the community engagement phase of its 24-month program designed to provide the city with an opportunity to embark on a comprehensive, systems-change effort towards closing the racial gap in homeownership by revealing historical patterns of discrimination that may lead to racial inequalities. As of 2020, the homeownership rate for Black residents in West Palm Beach is still much lower than white homeownership rates at 40.3% compared to 56.7%. As a participant of Closing the Gap, the city will identify and implement strategies to reduce these racial disparities in homeownership. The program involves an Equity Profile to identify historical patterns of discrimination and present strategies for furthering racial equity efforts. The City is inviting community members to join the conversation, at Closing The Gap: Contribute West Palm Beach to share their story.
The Closing the Gap: Contribute West Palm Beach is the first public engagement web platform launched from Florida Housing Coalition’s new program FHC Connect, that looks to provide best-in-class community engagement tools. The Coalition recognizes that community outreach has changed, particularly since the pandemic, and now provides progressive outreach methods to maximize citizen participation. FHC Connect is an all-in-one community engagement platform offering a set of comprehensive tools and widgets to collect stakeholder input and data. The platform allows clients to have a webpage dedicated to their project that features multiple ways to engage in one location. The platform has proven to increase participation and significantly streamlines the process. For more information on our FHC Connect Community Engagement Program, contact Carter Burton, Director of Housing and Community Development at: email@example.com.
With NLIHC Grant Florida Housing Coalition Aims to Help 32 Local Governments Deploy ERAP Funds
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is leading a national effort to assist local governments to deploy hundreds of millions of dollars provided through the U.S. Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to help tenants, especially the most marginalized populations, facing evictions due to COVID. The Florida Housing Coalition is thrilled to have been chosen as a NLIHC state partner to carry out this work in Florida though the NLIHC’s Ending Rental Arrears to Stop Evictions (ERASE) project. With this grant, the Coalition will facilitate information-sharing and best practices workshops and provide technical assistance to the 32 local governments in Florida that administer ERAP funds. If you are a local government staff member or nonprofit working to deploy ERAP or otherwise working to facilitate the ERAP program within these 32 local governments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with ERAP in the subject line. The next workshop is October 14th at 1:30p.m. RSVP
New Guidebook Helps AHAC’s & Local Government Staff
The Florida Housing Coalition is proud to announce the release of a new guidebook essential for Affordable Housing Advisory Committees (AHAC). Regulatory reform and a program of incentives are powerful tools for attracting private-sector development of affordable housing. Every city and county that receives funding from the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program is statutorily required to assemble an AHAC for this purpose. The core requirement of the AHAC is to recommend housing strategies to incentivize the production of affordable housing. This newly revised guidebook addresses the AHAC process from forming the committee, through submitting its report, to annually evaluating implementation. It provides information on the specific incentive strategies that the AHAC is required to consider. It also provides examples from AHAC Reports and offers best practices for engaging in policy discussions and developing implementation strategies. View and download this publication here.
This publication is ideal for:
- AHAC Members
- Local Government Planning Staff
- SHIP Administrators
- Local Government Administrators and Elected Officials
- Affordable Housing Stakeholders
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