New Fact Sheet: How to use the Coronavirus State Local Recovery Funds to Invest in Affordable Housing in Your Community
The Florida Housing Coalition has released a new fact sheet 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 email@example.com if you have any questions.
Center for Racial Equity Celebrates Milestone with Community Conversation
What have you done internally regarding conversations about racial equity? How do we keep people engaged in the conversation? What is your business, organization, or community doing to address the racial gap in homeownership and wealth? What is your business, organization, or community to connect and support BIPOC developers? What challenges are on the road ahead? How can we better work together to meet those challenges?
The Center for Racial Equity celebrated its one year anniversary by hosting a community wide conversation on how to expand Black homeownership and support BIPOC affordable housing developers.
New Housing News Network Journal Released
Featured in this volume of the Florida Housing Coalition’s (FHC) Housing News Network is a preview of the 2022 Florida State Legislative Session, and the Sadowski’s Coalition’s message to Keep the Promise by FHC President and CEO Jaimie Ross. Jeff Bagwell reflects on 30 years of the Keystone Challenge Fund with over 4,600 families assisted into homeownership. Highlights from the 2021 Annual Conference include SHIP Awards that were presented as well as a Celebration of Community Land Trusts in Florida, with six CLT’s Certified from FHC’s first in the nation certification program. A new event held at our Annual Conference, the Nonprofit Pitch Competition, developed and presented by Technical Advisor Juanita Jones, announces its winner and highlights innovative housing programs from across the state. Detailed in the journal is the new Partnership between the Florida Housing Coalition and Fannie Mae on Heirs’ Property, presented by FHC’s Blaise Denton and Gladys Cook. FHC’s new Chief Strategy Officer Amanda Rosado shows how Pasco County Continuum of Care developed a Housing Surge that successfully housed 254 individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness. FHC’s new Director of Housing and Community Development, Carter Burton, details the many data points available in the Consolidated Plan and how local governments can use the data to develop housing strategies. Jaimie Ross presents an excerpt from her chapter on Avoiding and Overcoming NIMBYism published annually in the Advocates’ Guide to Housing and Community Development from the National Low Income Housing Coalition entitled NIMBYism Through a Racial Lens. Resilience and Recovery Director Gladys Cook discusses how sea level rise disproportionately impacts lower-income households. Legal Director Kody Glazer highlights how several local communities have used HB 1339 to override local comprehensive plans and local zoning codes to further affordable housing gains. Also included are SHIP Clips and FHC’s news. As always, FHC’s highlights its Partners for Better Housing who make so much of FHC’s work possible. EXPLORE THIS ISSUE.
Community Lift Institute Wins First Nonprofit Pitch Competition at FHC’s Conference
Held at the recently concluded Annual Home Matters Conference, Florida Housing Coalition held its first Nonprofit Pitch Competition. Selected by a panel of judges, the Tallahasee based Community Lift Institute won the $1K award to explore innovative development and business solutions addressing racial equity in housing. Community Lift Institute is a grassroots alliance of black contractors, investors, and developers WORKING TOGETHER to advocate for initiatives that focus on supporting industry and investment that LIFTS neighbors and neighborhoods, eliminate racial and socio-economic gaps in home and community ownership, and works in partnership with neighborhood and community associations in historically disinvested neighborhoods to transform blighted properties into useful spaces.
“The solution we advocate to achieve equitable housing development is simple- activate, empower, and invest in the capacity of black builders to build and support homeownership in their communities. In June 2021, Community Lift Institute convened a launch of this initiative with over 100 black contractors, developers, and investors in attendance.”
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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