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Brevard Homeless Coalition, Inc. "Affordable Housing in Brevard County"

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LEAD Brevard's Leadership Brevard Class of 2018 Leadership Action Project Presentation.
Brevard Homeless Coalition, Inc.
“Affordable Housing in Brevard County”
The project is intended to analyze and assess the present situation in Brevard County and propose both short and long term strategies to improve. The project team will interface with organization and individuals in the community who are aware of the challenges and committed to meeting them. Recommendations may take the form of policy changes, collaborative investments and communication efforts. The deliverable is a report and presentation presenting findings and suggesting next steps.

Brevard Homeless Coalition, Inc. "Affordable Housing in Brevard County"

  1. 1. Leadership Brevard - LAP Affordable Housing in Brevard County
  2. 2. I am A.L.I.C.E.
  3. 3. Thesis Statement  We have a challenge  Lack of affordable housing  Individuals and families are one paycheck away from crisis  Not just in Brevard County  Nationally, there is a shortage of 7.4 million affordable homes for low income families  It is manageable, but steps need to be taken What’s “affordable?” • Affordable housing is defined as taking less than 40% of your income • Here’s an example: • Making $40k a year? • If you’re paying more than $1,333 a month for rent, that’s not “affordable” • Area Median Income (AMI) for a family of 4 = $24,600
  4. 4. Gap Analysis Where are the biggest gaps between supply and demand?  The 2016 Florida Rental Market Study by the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies at the University of Florida shows supply versus demand for affordable housing for Brevard.  Clearly, the biggest gaps are for those earning under 40% Area Median Income (AMI) ($24,600/year for a family of four) and under 30% AMI ($18,450/year) Range of Area Median Income (AMI) 0-30% AMI 0-40% AMI 0-50% AMI 0-60% AMI 0-70% AMI 0-80% AMI Available Housing -7,200 -4,261 1,510 5,013 7,718 8,261
  5. 5. Gap Analysis Our conclusion  We need to increase the supply of housing that people can afford to rent from $430 (1 bed) to $820/month (3 bed)  We also need to increase the resources that will subsidize rents for people earning less than $20,000 a year. (e.g. Section 8, HUD VASH vouchers, Section 202, local grants)
  6. 6. $4,000 $4,200 $4,400 $4,600 $4,800 $5,000 $5,200 $5,400 $5,600 $5,800 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 BREVARD RENTS 2018 up 15%!
  7. 7. Community Leaders Are Aware  Community Leaders Interviewed  Joseph Duda, CEO & Chairman of the Board, A Duda & Sons (retired)  Natasha Cartagena Spencer, Sr. VP/Branch Manager, Shelter Mortgage  Linda V. Graham, CDR Supervisor, Brevard County Housing Services Department  Rachel DeCamp, Property Manager, Solutions Property Management  Nichole Sharp, Director at Greater Heights
  8. 8. Community Leaders Are Aware  1) How do you view the present state of the affordable rental housing market today? Do you see clear future trends?  I have seen more multi-families moving in together, combined families, roommate situations and elderly parents living with children.  2) How do you view the role of the private and public sectors in addressing Affordable Housing in Brevard County?  Solving Brevard County’s Affordable Housing needs can best be addressed through strong partnerships between the private and public sectors.  3) How do you view the importance of Affordable Rental Housing in attracting and retaining quality employment in Brevard County?  Every growing/expanding community must be mindful of this existing issue in the good and bad times. If it’s not addressed, cycles aren’t broken and the problem increases, making it more difficult to address long-term.
  9. 9. BEST PRACTICES (Public Policy Initiatives)  City  Inventory surplus land and identify land that can be used for affordable housing  Modify city ordinances on parcels of land  Support smart growth policies  Inclusionary zoning – linkage fees  County Level  Creating and strengthening partnerships (Brevard County Realtors)  Support a local dedicated funding source  Create a Nonprofit Housing Roundtable of Brevard (ex., Nonprofit Housing Roundtable of Central Florida/ Seminole, Orange & Osceola)  Inventory surplus land and identify land that can be used for affordable housing  State  Support Low-Income Housing Tax Credit  Support/Protect Sadowski Housing Trust Fund
  10. 10. BEST PRACTICES (Public Awareness Campaigns)
  11. 11. BEST PRACTICES (Engagement of Faith-based and Civic Organizations)  Adopt a Family - Start open tables in their congregations (already begun in Brevard County, led by Brevard C.A.R.E.S.)  Rent out rooms and/or homes  Rent out garage/trailer/etc  Make focused donations that are transformational, not transactional
  12. 12. BEST PRACTICES (Development Opportunities – New Construction and Rehabilitation)  City  Adjust housing codes to allow for closer properties  County  First right of refusal for land auctions  Model other successful tiny home communities  State  Tax credits for developers of tiny home communities  Inclusive communities  Private Sector Investments (Enterprise Community Partners)
  13. 13. ACTION PLAN (1)– STEPS TO CLOSE THE GAP PUBLIC POLICY INITITAIVES 1) Create zoning options that allow for Tiny Homes, congregate living, Accessory Dwelling Units, and other modern Affordable Housing solutions 2) Collaborate with cities to use portions of SHIP (State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program) funding for Affordable Rental Housing 3) Increase the use of Project Based Section 8 funding 4) Create caps for maximum rate of rental increase for individuals and families living on fixed incomes 5) Implement use of Affordable Housing ad valorem tax Exemptions PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS 1) Increase awareness of the importance of fully utilizing the Sadowski Fund 2) Advocate for a Balanced Development approach to new construction 3) Increase collaboration with local Hospital Systems
  14. 14. ACTION PLAN (2)– STEPS TO CLOSE THE GAP ENGAGEMENT OF CIVIC AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS 1) Act to Increase Non-Profit Collaboration/Consolidation 2) Create, maintain and publicize a community-wide Landlord List DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES & MODELS –NEW CONSTRUCTION & REHABILITATION 1) Advocate for a Balanced Development approach to new construction 2) Create a Landlord Mitigation Fund 3) Create projects that support Tiny Homes, congregate living, mixed use and other modern Affordable Housing solutions
  15. 15. COMMITTEE MEMBERS  Mike Artelli, President, Space Coast Association of Realtors  Tambre Clark, Director of Investor Relations & Planned Giving, United Way of Brevard  Theresa Clifton, Executive Director, Brevard Humane Society  Tracy Conner, Marketing Operations Director, SCB Marketing  Joe Moran, VP of Construction, Habitat for Humanity  Charlotte Perkins, Director of Planning and Development, The R.E.A.L. Church, Inc. & My Community Cares, Inc.  Lindsay Sanger, Broker/Owner, Re/MAX Solutions & President, Junior League of South Brevard  Delores Spearman, Community Volunteer

Editor's Notes

  • The message
    Changing perceptions of “who” is affected by the lack of affordable housing
    Addressing the “Not in my backyard” NIMBYs
    Personalize the issues to demonstrate the larger societal benefits
    Emphasize the impact on regional competitiveness and business success

    The approach
    Integrate efforts with other local community organizations
    Leverage all outreach opportunities and audiences, from networking with private business owners to briefing elected officials
    Connect the dots to other issues, such as access to food, jobs, and education
    Partner with “trusted sources” where people get their information and form opinions
    Keeping it simple is essential

    The campaign
    Must have clear goals and target audience
    Strategic partnerships can increase your campaign’s capacity
    Celebrate success stories to define and show affordable housing policies “in action”
    Communicate concise, compelling facts that people can identify with


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