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End Miami-Dade County's Affordable Housing Crisis

Answer

1. REDUCE HOUSING COST BURDEN FOR MIAMI-DADE HOUSEHOLDS

Half of Miami-Dade County households are cost-burdened by housing, meaning they pay over 30% of their income on shelter (MHFA, 2020). This crisis has been worsened by the coronavirus pandemic, as thousands of Miami-Dade County households face foreclosure and eviction. We believe that housing is a human right, and that creating housing stability will lead to improved economic stability in our region.

  • Declare an Affordable Housing Crisis
  • Implement and create a long-term funding strategy for all recommendations detailed in the Miami-Dade County Affordable Housing Framework
  • Prioritize projects targeting 50% AMI and below for County funded and subsidized affordable housing
  • Implement an inclusionary zoning policy

2. IMPLEMENT STRATEGIES TO PROMOTE MULTIPLE BENEFITS

It is important to preserve the cultural heritage and historical significance of Miami-Dade's vibrant communities. In preventing community displacement, we can also promote solutions that provide environmental and economic benefits.

  • Implement a public land strategy that includes deep community engagement around any potential municipal property sales or leases. In addition, research how funds derived from the sale of County properties can be redirected to address Miami-Dade’s affordable housing crisis, and other critical community needs
  • Integrate and incentivize wrap-around social services, weatherization/energy efficiency, and other sustainability measures in new and existing affordable housing complexes in Miami-Dade County.
  • Adding community displacement and climate impact analyses or checklists as a required, enforceable component of the Comprehensive Development Master Plan, and of the planning & zoning requirements for new developments in Miami-Dade County

Primary Partners: Housing Equity Advocacy & Leadership (HEAL) program alumni, Community Justice Project, Miami Workers Center, Community Reinvestment Alliance of South Florida, Miami Climate Alliance, Florida Housing Justice Alliance, Opa-Locka CDC, Konscious Kontractors, Allapattah CDC, SMASH, and Miami Homes for All