Housing in PBC

Homelessness among U.S. military veterans

A promise not yet fulfilled: the end of homelessness among U.S. military veterans

By Sammy R. Alzofon

LWV Housing Issue Group

Each year Palm Beach County participates in the Homeless Point-In-Time Count. This is a nation-wide program undertaken to measure persons staying in emergency shelters, transitional housing and “places not meant for human habitation.” The county is in the last year of a ten-year plan to defeat homelessness, planning also for the future using insight and experience from the 10-year plan, which was detailed at a day-long workshop last year.

Overall there was a decrease in homelessness in the county. The disappointment: a 73.3 percent increase in sheltered and unsheltered homeless veterans in the 2018 count. The Obama administration had pledged to end veteran homelessness in the United …

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Broward Getting Homeless Off Streets

Broward opens its doors to new ideas for getting homeless off streets – Sun Sentinel
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By Larry Barszewski
MARCH 30, 2018, 8:30 PM

People who are drunk or high would be allowed into homeless shelters under new plans being considered by Broward County.

It’s part of an effort to get more homeless people who have spent years on the streets into shelters and, eventually, into a permanent place to live.

“We’re doing it on some of our overnight beds,” said Michael Wright, who oversees the county’s homeless efforts. “Now we want to operationalize it for all of our crisis shelter beds.”

People won’t be allowed to bring drugs or alcohol to a shelter and there would be zero tolerance for violence, but officials said …

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Affordable Housing Funding for 2018

Advocates and Congressional Champions Secure Increased Affordable Housing Funding for 2018



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Advocates and Congressional Champions Secure Increased Affordable Housing Funding for 2018

The final fiscal year (FY) 2018 spending bill – released yesterday, March 21, by Congressional leaders – includes a significant increase in funding for affordable housing and community development programs at HUD and USDA, along with an increase in Low Income Housing Tax Credits and an important reform to the tax program. This successful outcome is due to the hard work of advocates across the nation and strong Congressional champions, including Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) and Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and David Price (R-NC) – the chairs and ranking

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Let Teachers Live at School- article

Teachers can’t afford Miami rents. The county has a plan: Let them live at school.

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Teachers Live at School


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Affordable Housing Trust Funds

By Sammy R. Alzofon, LWV Housing Issue Group


How Did Affordable Housing Trust Funds Fare in the Legislature This Year?

The 2018 session of the Florida Legislature closed last Sunday, March 11. The session started with high hopes for additional housing funds. A 2017 legislative mandate to study the state of housing in Florida returned its report last December, recommending full use of dollars available from the William E. Sadowski  Affordable Housing Trust Funds, that collects a dedicated source of revenue for housing from a portion of documentary stamp taxes on the transfer of real estate. A bill was introduced in both the House and the Senate that would, in the future, prevent the legislative sweep of these funds into the general budget. The Senate recommendation was

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PBC Aid to Homebuyers

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PBC may offer down-payment aid to homebuyers

Assistance would be based on income and cost of house.

By Wayne Washington Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker

Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker has often noted the scarcity of affordable housing in the county. LANNIS WATERS / THE PALM BEACH POST

Low-income residents in Palm Beach County could get as much as $38,500 in down-payment assistance through a new program the county is working on.

The county’s workforce housing program has required developers to set aside units that would be available at below-market prices. Developers can — and usually do — pay a fee in lieu of building that housing.

The county has collected $3 million in fees that it …

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Housing Benefits Slashed

NHC call to action

President Trump Proposes to Slash
Housing Benefits

Urge Congress to Reject these
Harmful Proposals Today!

Housing benefits are under attack.

President Trump’s FY19 budget request — unveiled today — slashes federal housing benefits that help millions of low income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, low-wage workers, veterans, and other vulnerable people afford their homes. The proposal includes severe funding cuts, as well as harmful rent increases and arbitrary work requirements that would leave even more low income people without a stable home, undermining their ability to live with dignity and climb the economic ladder to achieve financial security.


Overall, the Administration proposes to cut HUD by an astounding $8.8 billion or 18.3-percent compared to the 2017 enacted levels. In an addendum stemming from the bipartisan

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Park or Homes?

Park or Homes? Boynton makes a decision on land next to Leisureville

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Boynton Beach plans to sell more than three acres valued at about $271,000 to a community adjacent to the land for use as a park and for recreation instead of Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach, which would build homes for low-income families.

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Housing: The New Issue Group

Housing in PBC
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Expanding the Moving to Work program

Paving the way for more affordable housing: Expanding the Moving to Work programBrookings.edu Housing article

Brookings.edu    Greg Russ and Robin Snyderman – 

Public housing experts and regional planners don’t typically speak the same language, let alone collaborate. But the 2016 expansion of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Moving to Work (MTW) program has members of both circles talking.

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