Community Scholars in Affordable Housing 2014 Presentations

New strategies for helping low-income households to purchase homes, an affordable housing seminar for elected officials, and Universal Design were just some of the ideas presented by the Community Scholars in Affordable Housing at a public presentation to an audience of community development practitioners and advocates May 23 at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design.

The Community Scholars individual presentations covered a wide range of issues including understanding the new landscape of investor owned properties, a regional view of the link between housing and transportation, design considerations for disability accessible housing, and the lack of options for the lowest income households. Some of the findings:
• There are 75,000 households in Miami-Dade County with incomes below 30% of the Area Median Income. For every 100 households, only 33 housing units are affordable and available.
• The quality of affordable housing developments has improved significantly in recent years, and many are indistinguishable from market-rate housing.
• More low-income households are falling into foreclosure because of unpaid property tax debt which is acquired by investors.
• Collaboration between agencies is essential to educating buyers about subsidy and preparation programs available to low-income households.

Click the links below to view the final presentations.

Miami Homes for All - Jorge Damian de la Paz

The Effects of Investors on South Florida’s Neighborhoods - LaTonda James

Creating Housing and Community Development Through Shared Investing - Aleta McDaniel

Mobile Homes in Miami-Dade County - Evian White

Working Together to Build Stronger Communities - Jasmine Baldwin

Housing Information Disconnect - Stephanye Johnson

Affordable Accessible Housing - Rosa Llaguno

Financial Literacy Among Teens - Rickelle Williams

Regional Approach to Affordable Housing - Karen D. Hamilton

From the Ground Up - Daniel A. Espino

Gentrification in Wynwood - Darnell Roberts