Housing in PBC

Follow Up from Sadowski Affiliates Webinar

Follow Up from Sadowski Affiliates Webinar-
Historic Press Conference, Governor’s Budget
December 4, 2017

Thank you for participating in today’s webinar- Sadowski Affiliates Webinar- Legislative Update- Historic Press Conference, Governor’s Budget, Affordable Housing Workgroup Recommendations.

For additional reference, you can download the Webinar’s PowerPoint Presentation and view the Recorded Webinar below.

Legislative Update on State and Local Trust Funds- Dec. 4, 2017

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact the Florida Housing Coalition at info@FLHousing.org or 850-878-4219.


Membership in the Sadowski Affiliates is free thanks to support from JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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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.

Read the Article.

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Builders Must Step Up

Link to Palm Beach Post article

 

Shared from the 2017-10-29 Palm Beach Post eEdition

OUR VIEWS WORKFORCE HOUSING CRISIS

Builders must step up, create housing that is affordable

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Last week, Minto Communities presented a plan to entice middle-class homebuyers with down payment grants of 3 percent of the purchase price at its massive new Westlake development in western county.

For years, judging by the attitudes and actions of builders and developers, you’d think there was no workforce housing crisis in Palm Beach County. That the county’s median single-family home price of $335,000 is not out of reach of 75 percent of its households. And that it’s of no real consequence to them.

Those builder attitudes and actions may be changing — albeit slowly — for the better.

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Affordable Housing: Call for participation

America has a housing crisis!  There aren’t enough affordable housing options for those with moderate incomes and even less for our neighbors who are in need.  Meeting this challenge will take affirmative action by government on all levels combined with affirmative action by private individuals, businesses and organizations.

We are looking for Leaguers who are interested in learning more about how this shortage affects Palm Beach Country and what needs to be done: there are multiple issues affecting availability of housing for working families, homeless people, and those with special needs here in Palm Beach County. We invite you to sit down and discuss multiplying workforce needs within the business community, inadequate household income, rapidly rising housing and transportation costs, declining availability of land and declining public funding. …

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Housing Report

October 30, 2017

The housing group has been busy as we continue to educate ourselves with regard to the housing situation in Palm Beach County and how we wish to approach this issue. Most immediately, we are working on:

1. Organizing ourselves

2. Working with the May 31 housing summit agenda in mind

3. Working with housing as a League of Women Voters Palm Beach County issue, with

a) the task of defining what housing means for the League

b) what our role is with housing as an issue

c) preparation of a statement to our board of directors proposing that we officially adopt

housing as an issue

A first organizational meeting of the housing group convened on October 11 at the Gulfstream Goodwill offices, hosted by one

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Affordable Housing: Call for Participation

housing crisisBy Sammy Alzofon

 

America has a housing crisis!  There aren’t enough affordable housing options for those with moderate incomes and even less for our neighbors who are in need.  Meeting this challenge will take affirmative action by government on all levels combined with affirmative action by private individuals, businesses and organizations.

We are looking for Leaguers who are interested in learning more about how this shortage affects Palm Beach Country and what needs to be done: multiple issues affect the availability of housing for working families, homeless people, and those with special needs. We invite you to sit down and discuss

  • multiplying workforce needs within the business community
  • inadequate household income
  • rapidly rising housing and transportation costs
  • declining availability of land
  • declining public funding

 

Housing prices …

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Palm Beach County Housing Summit

Housing SummitPALM BEACH COUNTY AFFORDABLE HOUSING:

AFTER THE SUMMIT

By Sammy R. Alzofon

The Palm Beach County Housing Summit was convened by County Administrator Verdenia Baker on May 31, 2017, to a full house of more than 500 attendees. [It was reported to the League of Women Voters in a June 6, 2017 summary.] The long-awaited outcome of that Summit is now available in two documents:

  • An Invitation from the Palm Beach County 2017 Housing Summit Steering Committee
  • Palm Beach County 2017 Housing Summit Attainable Housing: Guiding Principles & Actions

The Steering Committee that planned the Summit has proposed establishing a regional framework for ongoing work, given the size of the county and its broad urban and demographic diversity. These regions are:

  • South Region: Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton
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Business Forum- Housing in Palm Beach County

By Sammy Alzofon

Housing in Palm Beach County

A key concern in Palm Beach County revolves around housing.  Member Sammy Alzofon will be reporting on housing issues for LWVPBC. Below, read the first of her reports.

Monday, June 12, 2017
Business Forum Meeting

Speaker: Richard Reikenis, https://www.reikenis.com/
Facilitator: Joe Rooney

 

Economic Council of Palm Beach County

This forum meeting was to hear a summation of the May 31, 2017 Housing Summit convened by Verdenia Baker, Palm Beach County administrator.

Rick Reikenis, as guest speaker, noted a number of items, directed at those present who had not attended the summit. These included:

  • A description of the formation of the task force appointed before the summit to do most of the planning.
  • Acknowledgment that the topics were wide-ranging, from homelessness to workforce housing.
  • Many
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More Housing in AG Reserve?

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group

More Housing in Ag ReserveFlorida homebuilder, GL Homes, wants to increase the number of homes they can build in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve, a 22,000-acre farming and conservation zone west of Boynton Beach and Delray Beach.  Instead of proceeding with their already approved plan to build 3,900 homes in Indian Trails Grove, a 4,900-acre site west of the Acreage, GL now wants to change the rules.

Currently, the rule reads:

The County requires that developers conserve 60 acres in the reserve for every 40 acres they develop.  Land outside of the Agricultural Reserve cannot be used to meet preservation requirements for development in the reserve.

GL Homes is trying to change the County’s comprehensive plan so they can develop more of the property they own …

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Housing Summit Links

Click HERE for the Presentations from the Palm Beach County Housing Summit

WATCH the entire Summit on PBCTV Channel 20 On Demand Programs

PBCTV Channel 20 On Demand Programs- Housing Summit

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