South Florida Community
Development News Clippings
May 28, 2017. - Roaches, rats and taxpayer dollars: Plan to save crumbling Overtown condos in trouble - CLICK HERE
April 13, 2017. - In Miami, 65% say down payments hold them back from buying a home. - CLICK HERE
April 1, 2017. - Where did $1.3 billion for affordable housing go? Florida Legislature took it. - CLICK HERE
Jan. 1, 2017. - Miami is least affordable place for renters in nation, report says - CLICK HERE
Dec. 21, 2016. - Miami Dade Commission rejects mandatory inclusionary zoning - CLICK HERE
Dec. 5, 2016. - Downtown's Brickel rapidly changing but into what? - CLICK HERE to read the article
Nov. 20, 2016. - Some Solutions for Affordable Housing - CLICK HERE
Oct 25, 2016. - Panel Discusses Solutions to Affordable Housing - CLICK HERE
Sept 22, 2016. - Carrfour creates affordable LGBT-friendly senior housing - CLICK HERE
July 15, 2016. - Miami's Parking Deregulation Will Reduce Housing Costs - CLICK HERE
July 7, 2016. - Liberty Square Public Housing replacement approved by Miami-Dade County Commission - CLICK HERE
June 8, 2016. - Island Living Apartments, newly constructed affordable housing in Overtown - CLICK HERE
April 6, 2016. - New affordable housing projects nearing completion in Overtown - CLICK HERE
Jan. 28, 2016. - Proposed new charter school in Liberty Square redevelopment threatens nearby public schools - CLICK HERE
Jan. 6, 2016. - Report finds homeownership 'unattainable' for most residents in Little Haiti - CLICK HERE
Dec. 11, 2015. - Protests against gentrification in Miami's Little Haiti - CLICK HERE
Dec. 3, 2015. - Summary of Redevelopment Proposals for Liberty Square - CLICK HERE
Oct. 11, 2015. - Nurturing a future South Florida tech hub - CLICK HERE
Sept 6, 2015. - The architecture of segregation - CLICK HERE to read NY Times editorial on government policies that have fostered segregation.
August 4, 2015. - Six Charged In $36 Million Fraud Scheme Involving Low-Income Housing Developments - CLICK HERE to read more.
July 16, 2015. - Big-name developers competing to redevelope Liberty Square public housing in Miami - CLICK HERE to read more.
July 2, 2015. - Urban League and Mayor of Miami question plan for the demolition and reconstruction of Liberty Square- CLICK HERE to read more.
May 14, 2015. - Plan for Miami low-income housing unveiled by Miami Coalition for the Homeless - CLICK HERE to read more.
May 6, 2015. - Commissioner Barreiro Helped Jorge Perez Make Millions Off Affordable Housing - CLICK HERE to read more.
April 2, 2015. - No turning back on Liberty Square - CLICK HERE to read more.
March 11. 2015. - Inclusionary zoning proposed for the City of Miami - CLICK HERE to read more.
March 11. 2015. - Existing tenants submit written comments on the planned demolition and redevelopment of Liberty Square.CLICK HERE to read more.
Feb. 18, 2015. - Fees paid to nonprofit by developers in CRA funded Overtown housing deals questioned. CLICK HERE to read more.
Feb. 11, 2015. - Luther Campbell speaks out against Liberty Square public housing redevelopment. CLICK HERE.
Jan. 30, 2015. - Liberty Square public housing complex to be torn down CLICK HERE.
Dec. 10, 2014. - Tenants of Miami "slums" seek better life CLICK HERE.
Nov. 30, 2014. - Foreign dollars fuel new condo boom in Miami - CLICK HERE.
Nov. 18, 2014. - New workforce housing being developed in Miami Gardens - CLICK HERE.
Nov. 6, 2014. Five developers, including Related, seek $66m in affordable housing bonds. CLICK HERE.
Oct. 1, 2014. Study shows housing costs in South Florida put the crunch on lower income families. CLICK HERE.
Sept 9, 2014 - The amount of Low Income Housing Tax Credit available is insufficient to meet the demand for affordable housing. CLICK HERE to read the article.
Aug. 1, 2014 - Carver Apartments completed in Overtown by the faith based nonprofit Mt. Zion Developments Inc.. CLICK HERE to read the article
July 17, 2014 - Carribbean Marketplace in Little Haiti re-opens. CLICK HERE to read the article
June 26, 2014 - Carrfour Supporitive Housing's Hampton Village project. CLICK HERE to read the article
May 25, 2014 - Opa-locka CDC gets grant from Surdna Foundation to funds an arts-based revitalization initiative CLICK HERE to read the article.
May 5, 2014 - Widening of I-395 results in more disruption for residents of Overtown. CLICK HERE to read the article.
May 4, 2014 - Housing rebound eludes Miami's poor Black neighborhoods. CLICK HERE to read the article.
April 30, 2014 - Gibson Plaza affordable housing complex breaks ground in west Coconut Grove community of Miami. CLICK HERE to read the article.
April 27, 2014 - Overtown properties purchased ten years ago with a Knight Foundation grant to the Collins Center for use as a smart growth "land trust" have been sold to a private developer - CLICK HERE to read the story
April 15, 2014 - In Miami, rent is rising out of reach of middle class - CLICK HERE to read the article
April 3, 2014 - Gibson Plaza development breaks ground in the Black Grove - CLICK HERE to read the article
March 5, 2014 - Controversial trolly depot moved out of the Black Grove to affluent Coral Gables. CLICK HERE to read the article
February 20, 2014 - Construction to begin on Liberty City transit center on NW 7th Ave. that will include affordable housing and retail. CLICK HERE to read the article
January 19, 2014 - Miami used federal stimulus money to build trolly that bypassed poor neighborhoods. CLICK HERE to read the article
January 14, 2014 - Several new affordable rental projects about to begin construction in Overtown. CLICK HERE to read the article.
January 9, 2014. South Florida ranks high in percentage of mortgages "deeply under water". CLICK HERE to read the article.
November 19, 2013. State law allows local governments to use "surplus lands" for affordable housine. CLICK HERE to read the article
September 23, 2013. West Grove: the Miami neighborhood that time forgot. CLICK HERE to read the article
May 30, 2013. St John CDC is rehabilitating apartment buildings that are a great fit for historic Overtown. CLICK HERE to read the article
May 23, 2013. Restoration work begins on historic Hampton Housing Motel in Brownsville. CLICK HERE to read the article
May 6, 2013: Tax credit developer Carlisle being investigated for fraud. CLICK HERE to read the article
April 14, 2013: When "Affordable" is Just a Word. The challenge of creating affordable housing in New York City. CLICK HERE to read.
January 25, 2013 - Transit hub and affordable homes to revitalize Miami’s Liberty City. CLICK HERE to read the article.
January 24, 2013 - Condo conversions hit a brick wall in South Florida. CLICK HERE to read the article
October 20, 2012- Housing & transportation costs make Miami the least affordable city. CLICK HERE to read the report
Sept 28, 2012 - Little Haiti Community Development - The on-going saga of Ringo Cayard CLICK HERE to read the article.
Aug 26, 2012 - Housing Affordability - Despite housing bust, prices still too high for many South Florida families. CLICK HERE to read the article.
May 10, 2012 - Overtown CRA - article about attempts to rob Overtown of its CRA funding. CLICK HERE for the article
April 14, 2012 - Carrfour- article about the three most recent NSP funded projects by Carrfour CLICK HERE for the article
Nov 19, 2011 - Huge Increase in "Near Poor" - The new numbers take the Census Bureau by surprise. CLICK HERE for the article
Nov 18, 2011: Supply vanishing. Repossessed Miami homes are so much in demand that supply vanishes- CLICK HERE to read the article
May 15, 2011 - Miami tops the list - Metro Miami has the greatest share of renters nationwide who pay more than half of their income to rent - 42% of working households (both owners and renters) were "severely cost-burdened". CLICK HERE to read the news article
Feb 10, 2011 - Carrfour Supportive Housing has commenced construction on an 80 unit affordable rental complex in Naranja that will provide housing for the formerly homeless. CLICK HERE to read more
Dec 24, 2010 - Liberty Square Public Housing Small Business Program- NANA and Tools For Change have implemented a micro enterprise program for residents of public housing in Miami's Liberty City community. Participants can qualify for grants, low interest loans and technical assistance. CLICK HERE to learn more.
November 24, 2010 - Miami-Dade NSP2 Consortium- In February of this year a consortium of 6 nonprofit developers got an $89 million NSP2 grant from HUD to purchase and rehabiliatate forclosed property as affordable housing. CLICK HERE to read a Miami Herald editorial praising the efforts to fast track the foreclosure process.
September 26, 2010 - Florida has set up foreclosures-only courts to fast track the foreclosure process. CLICK HERE to read the New York Times news article.
June 11, 2010 - Overtown's aging Town Park coops and condominiums face challegnge in acheiving compliance with the building code's "40 year certification" requirement. CLICK HERE to read the news article.
January 6, 2010 - New HUD website for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program: Providing help to local jurisdications struggling to implement NSP. Click here to read it.
November 17, 2009 - Click here for a Discussion Paper on having a more effective local implementation of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
September 24, 2009 - Update on Low Income Housing Tax Credit. Florida is allowing developers to exchange credits previously allocated for cash using the federal stimulus money. Click here to read an article
August 20, 2009: The Preservation of Town Park - For a number of years Overtown's Town Park cooperative apartments have been deteriorating and in danger of being lost as affordable housing. Remarkable efforts have been made by the residents, LISC, Carrfour Corporation and Legal Services attorney Shahrzad Emami to save the complex. Click here to read an article.
August 20, 2009: - Protecting Renters in a Foreclosure During the foreclosure crisis renters have been forced to relocate with little or no notice. To address this critical problem Congress passed the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009. Click here to learn more. Click here for an outline of "what to do" if you are a renter being evicited in a complex that is in foreclosure.
July 27, 2009: Opa Locka Community Developement Corporation receives grant from AT&T to purchase, rehab and sell foreclosed homes to low income buyers. Miami Heat player to provide downpayment assitance. Click here to read a news article.
June 17, 2009: Implementing the NEIGHBORHOOD STABILIZATION PROGRAM (NSP) in South Florida. Local governments have been encountering difficulties. Click here to read a news article.
March 2, 2009: The IRS has implemented a rule change for the new federal tax credit for first time homebuyers. Buyers can now get their cash now rather than having to wait until they file their tax return next year. Click here to view the article
January 6, 2009: The Florida legislature is threatening to cut funding for affordable housing. Click Here to read the "call to action" from the Florida Housing Coalition.
January 6, 2009: New York City is delaying implementation of its housing plan. Click here to read more
November 25, 2008. The Senate leadership has placed on the calendar the so called "Second Stimulus Package" that includes more funds for prevention of foreclosures. Click here to read more
November 14, 2008: The Affordable Housing Task Force has submitted comments to Miami Dade County regarding the best use of its $62 million share of the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Funds allocated by Congress in July. Click here to view the comments. The Task Force is comprised of public interest attorneys and community organizers.
November 14, 2008: : An increasing number of multifamily rental properties are being foreclosed upon because landlords can't pay the mortgages. Innocent tenants are losing their homes. Congress is actively considering passage of the "Protecting Tenants in Foreclosure Act of 2008". Click here to read a news story.
October 21, 2008 - Illegal conversion of project-based Section 8 property resolved by innovative settlement. CLICK HERE to view a recent article from Clearinghouse Review
October 21, 2008 - "Tax Credit" rental properties can be lost as affordable housing at the end of the initial 15 year period due to regulations governing "qualified contract" sales. CLICK HERE to view a recent article from the Journal of Affordable Housing
October 17, 2008 - The South Florida Community Development Coalition has made recommendations to Miami Dade jurisdictions receiving Neighborhood Stabilization Grants funds regarding the best and most efficient use of the new money
October 10, 2008: California recently adopted a law requiring that tenants and homeowners be given more notice before a property can be foreclosed. CLICK HERE to read an article about it
October 9, 2008 CLICK HERE for streaming audio of an "Expert Chat" on the topic of the 2008 Neighborhood Stabilization Grants. Held 10/2/08. CLICK HERE to see a powerpoint
October 6, 2008 - Tom Zuniga Explains how "Credit Default Swaps" enriched Wall Street insiders and sparked the meltdown
July 24, 2008: The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 affects Section 8 rental subsidy
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