Report: Miami and the State of Low- and Middle-Income Housing

The Urban Institute  published a study on March 30, regarding the State of low-and middle-income housing in Miami and presented strategies to preserve and develop more affordable housing.

Some of the Key Findings from Urban Institute:

  • Population and housing stock trends indicate that Miami-Dade County grew tremendously from 2000 to 2015, especially in the city of Miami. Miami’s downtown area has gone through rapid transformation, as have other neighborhoods, such as Edgewater and Wynwood. The following findings describe where Miami’s LMI families live and how their housing has changed:
  • Opa-locka, as well as Miami neighborhoods Allapattah, Liberty City, Little Haiti, Little Havana,and Overtown, are areas where more than 8 in 10 households are very low income and low- to middle-income. These neighborhoods have high proportions of renters and below-average rent relative to the rest of the area. In these neighborhoods, creating and preserving affordable housing for LMI families remains feasible and much needed.
  • Renter cost burdens have increased all over the county and city. In 2000, 27 percent of LMI renter households were cost burdened (i.e., spent more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs). By 2015, three-quarters of LMI renter households in Miami were cost burdened.
  • In Coral Way, Downtown, Edgewater, and West Flagler, more than 8 in 10 LMI renters were cost burdened. The most dramatic shift may be in Wynwood, where just 15 percent of LMI renter households were cost burdened in 2000, which increased to 74 percent by 2015.
  • Downtown, Edgewater, and Wynwood saw substantial development of new housing units, with new units dominating by 2015, in contrast to a majority pre-1980 stock in 2000. This reflects tremendous development in these areas, which is replacing older and previously affordable housing with newer and more expensive units, leaving less housing for LMI families.
  • Allapattah, which is near Downtown, Edgewater, and Wynwood, may be on the precipice ofsignificant change and gentrification. The Miami arts community has extended beyond Wynwood, and land and buildings are being purchased to establish art galleries in Allapattah.
  • Homeowners report being approached directly by real estate investors to purchase their homes, and area renters are concerned they may be at risk of displacement. Without prioritization from county or city leadership, Allapattah may be at risk of losing its Dominican community heritage, multi-generational LMI families, and affordable housing.
To read the full report and policy interventions Urban Institute

City of Miami Public Service/Economic Development/ESG Meeting

The City of Miami’s Department of Community & Economic Development invites all interested public service agencies, AIDS service providers, non-profit agencies and/or for-profit entities, to attend the Pre-Proposal Workshops to be held this February for assistance with the Request for Proposal (RFP) process for those applicants seeking HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and/or Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 (43rd Year).

Workshops will be held to address a total of three (3) different RFPs, all being issued on January 20, 2017.
Public Service/Economic Development/ESG and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program RFPs will only be fillable via the web-based ZoomGrants™ application management system with a deadline of February 20, 2017, no later than 3 p.m. We will not accept paper applications for these two RFPs.

Only paper (hard copy) applications will be accepted for the HOME program RFP. The deadline for this application is March 1, 2017, no later than 3 p.m., at Miami City Hall, City Clerk’s Office.

Public Service/Economic Development/ESG:
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 10 am – 12 noon
Jose Marti Park, Multipurpose Room
362 SW 4 St.
Miami, FL 33130

All workshop sites are accessible to the handicapped. Requests for special accommodations may be directed to the Department of Community and Economic Development at
(305) 416-2080 no less than three (3) business days prior to the workshop date.
You can find more information on FY 2017-2018 Requests for Proposals on our website at:

ULI: Lobbies will be Basements Sea- Level Rise Lessons from Seattle

Miami-Dade County’s current minimum ground floor elevation for new construction is FEMA flood elevation +1. In the face of sea-level rise, after all the analysis and opinions have been offered — by scientists about how high, by engineers about how complex, by estimators about how costly, and by insurers about how necessary — we will have to pick a new number.  It will be higher than 10 feet, but we don’t know what it will be.

Seattle faced a similar macro challenge to its existence a century ago, raising their city to stop it from sinking into the water. How did they do it?  How was it engineered? How were buildings designed and built in response?  How was it paid for? How did the public and private sectors coordinate?

Was it successful?  Learn from the expert on Seattle’s civil engineering history, David Williams, author of “Too High & Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography”.  Mr. William’s presentation will be followed by response panel of local experts, and Q&A to help us translate how the Seattle experience could inform our efforts here.

Report: Foundation Support to CED Activity

Local community and economic development (CED) depends on a combination of public and private funding. In recent years, foundation grants have become an important source of funding for initiatives to develop the local economy through the pursuit of better-paying jobs, infrastructure to support revitalization, affordable housing, or improved systems for education or health care. .

The Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia and Atlanta recently investigated the way in which foundation grants to support CED activities were distributed across 366 metropolitan areas in the United States. The research relied on data provided by the Foundation Center that captured grants of at least $10,000 made by the 1,000 largest foundations between 2008 and 2013.

There are an estimated 1,714 total nonprofits focused on community and economic development in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach area.


To view the interactive report and see how the Miami metro compares to other metros, visit: Here