Your South Florida Interview #MakeRoom

On January 26, 2018, executive director, Shekeria Brown appeared on Your South Florida as a follow-up to discuss affordable housing in Miami. The interview was a follow-up  a Journalism Study Tour held in Miami and organized by national nonprofit, Make Room  Click here to watch the Your South Florida video.

Thank you to Your South Florida and Make Room for providing an additional platform to raise awareness about issues impacting South Florida housing affordability, especially among renters. As a community we have to develop and implement equitable strategies to increase the supply of decent, safe housing that existing and new residents, workforce and our most vulnerable populations can afford. #MakeRoom






To improve neighborhoods and quality of life, we must understand various aspects of a neighborhood, its residents, housing, access to employment, business, education, health services, transit, parks and more. Understanding the interconnections of these areas is the first step to improving access to opportunity. The second step is being able to use this information to engage in cross sector solutions and make strategic and equitable investments.

South Florida Community Development Coalition also believes that with the equitable investment we can create opportunity right where people are.

SFCDC Member, Enterprise Community Partners, recently launched Opportunity 360. The tool is intended to help communities understand and addressing community challenges by identifying pathways to greater opportunities using cross-sector data, community engagement and measurement tools. The goal of the tool  is to help communities make smarter investment and create collaborative solutions. The tools and resources in Opportunity 360 are also intended to facilitate strategic asset-building approach to community development.


Building Healthy & Thriving Communities Conference

On December 5, 2017, The Florida Institute for Health InnovationHealth Foundation of South FloridaSouth Florida Community Development CoalitionCatalyst MiamiNeighborhood Housing Services of South Florida, and Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta brought together community leaders across the health, community development, finance, philanthropy and social services sectors to collaborate around aligned actions and innovative approaches to address the physical, social and economic factors that contribute to healthy and thriving communities. Areas of focus included the role of anchor institutions, housing and health partnerships, education as a pillar of economic development and innovative financials tools.

The goal of the conference was:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the link between community development, health and finance.
  • Learn innovative approaches to improve community health and how to overcome challenges through examples of successful models nationwide.
  • Strengthen relationships with multi-sector partners and collaborated to identify priority areas for aligned actions in South Florida

For post conference materials and recordings, please visit: Building Healthy and Thriving Communities Conference.

SFCDC Participates in Bank of America Roundtable

November 16, 2017 – SFCDC’s executive director, Shekeria Brown, participated in a Bank of America Roundtable with other Miami-Dade community leaders. We thank Bank of America for the opportunity to participate in this important conversation and for being a partner of SFCDC for so many years.

As a result of Bank of America’s continued support, we have been able to continue building capacity of nonprofits and the community development sector, shaping local policy and cultivating partnerships to expand affordable housing and community development in Miami-Dade County. #BofaGrants


Hurricane Irma Relief Updates

Updated 10.13.2017

While Hurricane Irma has passed, the road to recovery will be much longer for our community’s lower income residents and vulnerable populations. Missed work and business closures, extra expenses on a fixed income, and food insecurity make it that much harder to bounce back.

The compassion and generosity of the community has been on display this week, and we are going to need all hands-on deck to recover and rebuild.  Members and partners of the Coalition have been supporting local efforts, while working to reopen their own offices.  For Volunteer Opportunities:  United Way of Miami-Dade . Additional Ways to Volunteer & Support:  Radical Partners 

The Miami Foundation has also created three Irma Relief Funds where you can support local efforts and our neighbors in the Caribbean.  Organizations providing disaster relief can also add themselves to a map created by The New Tropic.

Partnerships will be key.  Just yesterday SFCDC members, Centro Campesino Farmworker Center and Catalyst Miami partnered, with support from the Irma Community Recovery Fund and other agencies. They were able to serve over 400 individuals in Florida City with food, water, and ice. Catalyst Miami has partnered with several agencies providing additional staff for volunteer efforts.  Opa-locka CDC has also connected with community partners to serve immediate community needs.

SFCDC will continue to serve as network organization promoting collaboration and connecting local, state and federal resources to where it is needed most. Below are a few additional resources that have been shared with us this week.

Assessment & Coordination 

If your organization directly serves low to moderate income individuals, please complete this brief assessment developed by Florida Alliance of CDCs, Florida Prosperity Partnership and TD Bank Community Development Team. Results from the assessment can be found here: “Irma Recovery in Florida: Assessment, Information, and Collaboration”

Nonprofit & Community Development Corporation Recovery Fund

In response, Enterprise has created the Enterprise Hurricane Community Recovery Fund to support short-term relief and longer-term recovery and rebuilding efforts following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The fund will mobilize work in the most heavily damaged regions of Texas, Louisiana, the Southeast and Puerto Rico.


Hurricane Irma Recovery Resource Links

Apply online for FEMA Assistance by visiting or by phone 1-800-621-3362.  Disaster recovery centers,

Small Business & Nonprofit Assistance 

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program  provides a source of expedient cash flow to Florida small businesses that have been physically and/or economically impacted by Irma. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 31, 2017, contingent on the availability of funds, for small businesses with two (2) -100 employees established prior to Sept. 4, 2017, located in any of Florida’s 67 counties that have been physically and/or economically impacted by Hurricane Irma.

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters. SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace the following items damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets.  The deadline to file for physical damage is November 9, 2017 and economic injury is June 11, 2018.

Business Damage Assessment Survey Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is assessing the damage caused by the storm. Small businesses that have incurred losses due to Hurricane Irma are asked to complete a Business Damage Assessment Survey. The survey will help the State Emergency Response Team determine the needs and level of assistance for impacted businesses.

US Chamber of Commerce Foundation is operating a Disaster Help Desk for businesses who would like help accessing assistance, need recovery best practices, and/or would like to offer support. The number is 1-888-MY-BIZ-HELP.

Miami-Dade Beacon Council has created a Disaster Preparedness and Recovery toolkit for businesses and a business recovery guide.

Partners for Self Employment Miami-Dade Assessment Survey – Complete PSE’s Business Damage Assessment survey on how Hurricane Irma may have affected your local business operations in Miami Dade County. This will help determine how PSE offers assistance to your business.


Housing Assistance

HUD Disaster Relief HUD has granted a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures and forbearance on foreclosures of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured home mortgages, making mortgage insurance available up to 100%, rehabilitation loans, ability of local government flexibility reallocate existing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) or HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) Programs and Section 108 loans to provide loan guarantees.

Florida Housing Finance Corporation – Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) is working with state and federal officials to provide information on disaster relief resources and information. This webpage provides available resources to assist you or those you know with recovery efforts. Florida Housing will continue to provide updates as more resources and information becomes available.

FEMA Individuals & Households Program Fact Sheet – The FEMA Individuals and Households Program (IHP) Housing Assistance helps people affected by a disaster. It provides money, up to the program maximum, for necessary housing-related expenses and serious needs that can’t be met through other means. Housing assistance under IHP includes Temporary housing, repair or replacement of existing home and semi-permanent or permanent housing construction.

Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac – Mortgage Assistance  Homeowners impacted by the recent hurricanes are you are eligible for temporarily stop making your monthly mortgage payment for up to 12 months. At the end of this temporary payment break: You won’t have late fees. • You won’t have delinquencies reported to the credit bureaus. • You won’t have to catch up on all of your payments at once. • You can work with your servicer to resume making a mortgage payment that is similar to what you paid before the disaster. Or if you need additional assistance, you can work with your servicer on options to keep your home.

Lender Assistance 

Bank of America 



Florida Community Bank

JP Morgan Chase Irma Relief & JPMC Waived & Reduced Fees

Regions Bank 

TD Bank


Legal Assistance

Community Justice Project

Florida Bar Foundation

Legal Services of Greater Miami


Additional Information

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Florida Disaster Relief 

IRS Tax Relief


Miami-Dade County Emergency Information

SBA Hurricane Response Jobs

State Farm’s Neighborhood of Good