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"Everybody wants to build in Miami, so it doesn't matter where — they're just looking for land," says Murray, associate director of Florida International University's Jorge M. Pérez Metropolitan Center. "These are the only areas left within the city limits, and they're relatively affordable from a developer's standpoint. So these are the areas they've been zeroing in on for the last year or so."

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More than half of renters that are cost-burdened in Broward County spend more than 50 percent of their monthly income on rent alone, according to the Broward County Affordable Housing Needs Assessment. The report was compiled for the county this past summer by the Florida International University Metropolitan Center, using data from 2018.

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The Metropolitan Center at Florida International University recently released an affordable housing needs assessment for Broward County that found Fort Lauderdale has more than 30,000 cost-burdened households, with 33% being owner-occupied and 59% being renter-occupied. The city also has the second highest foreclosure rate in Broward with 1 in every 1,281 homes in distress, according to the assessment.

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“The location of this project, built close to the downtown area, means residents are in close proximity to employment opportunities,” said Ned Murray, an associate director at the Jorge M. Pérez Metropolitan Center

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“My hope is that our work will truly inform the town on the ways we can be more inclusive so that every resident feels like they belong and are considered,” Roldan said.

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The Miami Foundation partnered with the FIU Jorge M. Perez Metropolitan Center to conduct community surveys and focus groups to learn more about locals familiarity with and personal perspectives on the census.

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Our work is about more than providing grants. It’s also about building the capacity of the organizations engaging in census work and increasing the community’s understanding about the importance of census participation. To that end, we engaged the FIU Jorge M. Pérez Metropolitan Center to conduct a survey and focus groups within Miami-Dade’s hard-to-count communities so we could better-understand attitudes and behaviors that relate to census participation.

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Next week, I look forward to having an in-depth conversation with my colleagues about the affordable housing crisis in Broward county. We will discuss the Broward County Housing Linkage Fee and Residential Linkage Fee Nexus Studies prepared by the FIU Metropolitan Center in addition to several affordable housing policy options, while also considering the impacts of recent State legislation.

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Community Developers and Financial Capability practitioners of all types are invited to join these interactive learning and action-planning session where Dr. Ned Murray and his team share the results of their research insights around the future of Community Development, and engage participants in thoughtful conversation and potential action-planning to adopt elements of the 21st-century approach to enhancing the vitality of our Florida communities.

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Miami-Dade’s housing affordability crisis is so dire, it now poses as much of a threat to the region as sea level rise, according to a recent market update prepared by Florida International University’s Jorge M. Pérez Metropolitan Center.

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