Focus on Affordable Housing Wiki
In addition to these resources, we have also made a wiki page for our Focus on Affordable Housing to house the latest information, research, and projects provided by any student, faculty, and community organization involved in the initiative. The purpose of the wiki is so that everyone involved can work together to construct a resource of collective knowledge in a collaborative, transparent, and inclusive manner. This wiki also serves as a continuous, sustainable learning tool for the faculty, community partners, and students who will work together on this project beyond the upcoming academic year.

Richter Library Special Collection Archives: Max Rameau Papers (1992 to present)
Max Rameau is the foremost and most publically known activist with Take Back the Land.  The papers document his extensive activism for the homeless and the poor within the South Florida communities of the African diaspora. The collection will be of interest to scholars and students of movements such as the Umoja Village, the Scott-Carver Tenant Council, Miami Dade Election Reform and Take Back the Land. The materials document advocacy work on behalf of people displaced from their homes as a result of low income housing policies, gentrification, and the U.S. foreclosure crisis at the beginning of the 21st century.  The Max Rameau papers also point to connections between activist groups promoting the economic rights of the diverse constituency of the African diaspora which reside in Liberty City and Little Haiti. Finally, the collection serves as a record of Mr. Rameau’s work with organizations such as Brothers of the Same Mind,  the Haitian American Grassroots Coalition and the Center for Pan African Development.  View the cover of Max Rameau’s book here.

Richter Library Special Collection Archives: Erick Lyle Papers (1990 to present)
Writing under the name Iggy Scam, Lyle produced in Miami a series of classic underground fanzines, called Scam.  Lyle’s writing and archive also provides a fascinating back story to some of the political activity Miami is now known for.  With the current wave of home foreclosures that has spread across South Florida has come a resurgent wave of housing activism.  The most well-known activist group in Miami today is Take Back The Land, a group that has gained national media attention for their tactics in helping homeless families move into and squat homes that have been foreclosed across Miami. Scam shows a pre-history of an equally militant though far less organized and coherent group of South Florida squatters and anti-gentrification activists who were attempting similar tactics a generation ago. Scam documents the formation of the city’s first Food Not Bombs, a group that is still active today.  The collection of artist books, zines, journals, sketchbooks, ephemera and original art work depict contemporary social history as well as Greater Miami’s issues of urban planning, property and housing rights and the responsibility and role of art.


Shimberg Center for Housing Studies, University of Florida
The mission of the Shimberg Center is to facilitate the provision of safe, decent, and affordable housing and related community development throughout the state of Florida, and thereby to establish Florida as the national and international model for successful affordable housing delivery. The Center conducts research relating to the problems and solutions associated with the availability of affordable housing in the state. The Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse , located within the Shimberg Center, provides public access to data on Florida’s housing needs and supply, and household demographics.

Florida Housing Coalition
The mission of the Florida Housing Coalition is: The Florida Housing Coalition, Inc., is a nonprofit, statewide membership organization whose mission is to act as a catalyst to bring together housing advocates and resources so that all Floridians have a quality affordable home and suitable living environment.  The Coalition provides professional consultation services through training and technical assistance on affordable housing and related issues; supports community-based partnerships in leveraging resources; and advocates for policies, programs and use of funding resources that maximize the availability and improve the quality of affordable housing in Florida. The Coalition carries out this mission recognizing that affordable housing is an integral part of community revitalization and economic development.


American Housing Survey for the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale Metropolitan Area: 2007
Current Housing Reports, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development & U.S. Department of Commerce:  2009

Architecture for Change Summit 2010: Presentations
PowerPoint presentations given at the summit, hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago:  2010

Architecture for Change Summit 2010: Recommendations
Full report of recommendations created from the summit for achieving design excellence in affordable housing, hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago:  2010

“Baby Boomer Housing Trends”
Growing numbers of the Baby Boomer Generation are choosing to move to designed communities as they age, article from the Toledo Business Journal 25.6:  2009

“Baby Boomer Study Shows Changing Housing Needs, Uncertain Retirement”
Exploration of what Baby Boomers are looking for in housing, article by the National Association of Realtors in PR Newswire:  2006

“Communities at Risk: How the Foreclosures Crisis is Damaging Urban Areas and What Is Being Done About It”
Examination of impact of housing crisis on low-income Americans, report by Living Cities, Inc.

“The Effects of Fiscal and Exclusionary Zoning on Household Location: A Critical Review”
Literature review on the determinants and effects of zoning, suggesting that a richer political theory needs to be developed, article by J. M. Pogodzinski in the Journal of Housing Research 2.2:  1991

Housing Landscapes 2012: An Annual Look at the Housing Affordability Challenges of America’s Working Households
Analysis of housing affordability trends for working households from 2008 to 2010, report by Laura Williams and published by the Center for Housing Policy:  February 2012.

Neighborhoods, Obesity, and Diabetes — A Randomized Social Experiment
Study to assess the association of randomly assigned variation in neighborhood conditions with obesity and diabetes., study by Jens Ludwig, al. and published by the New England Journal of Medicine: 2011

“RealtyTrac: Foreclosures hit record high in 2009”
Out of Reach is a side-by-side comparison of wages and rents in every county, Metropolitan Area, combined nonmetropolitan area and state in the United States., report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition:  March 2012

Out of Reach 2012
A look at foreclosure rates in Florida in 2009, article from the South Florida Business Journal:  January 14, 2010

Retooling HUD for a Catalytic Federal Government
Task forces were instructed to tackle key thematic and programmatic areas and to focus on strategies to make HUD more effective, report by the Penn Institute for Urban Research:  2009

Regional Approaches to Affordable Housing
A spotlight for successful approaches to affordable housing on a regional level, report Stuart Meck, Rebecca Retzlaff, and James Schwab and published by the American Housing Association:  2003

“Smart Growth and Affordable Housing”
A treatment of how “smart growth” can be made to promote housing affordability, article by Jaimie Ross and published by the Florida Housing Coalition:  2011

The State of the Nation’s Housing
An analysis of the housing crisis, report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University:  2012

“Miami-Dade way ahead of state in spending rebound”
An analysis of economic recovery in Miami-Dade, by Douglas Hanks of the Miami Herald: 2012


Creating Inclusive Communities in Florida
A guidebook for local elected officials and staff on avoiding and overcoming the “Not in My Backyard” syndrome, published by the Florida Housing Coalition and 1000 Friends of Florida:  2005

Reading Materials on Homeownership
List of resources given to participants in Ford Foundation Symposium titled, “Rebuilding the American Dream: Homeownership After the Great Recession”:  May 12, 2011