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Ned Murray, associate director of the Metropolitan Center at Florida International University, first assessed Broward’s affordable housing crisis in 2018. By 2022, when he did another assessment, conditions had worsened.

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Miami has plenty of new rental units, but most are for the luxury market and not for the region’s service economy workers, who are employed by the hospitality, health care and retail sectors, said Ned Murray, the associate director of the Jorge M. Pérez Metropolitan Center at Florida International University.

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Ned Murray, associate director of the Jorge M. Pérez Metropolitan Center at Florida International University: The only good news, if there’s any good news, is prices won’t go up that much more, including rents.

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“While there is a lot of optimism that the community is coalescing around the need to solve affordable housing and climate change issues, the solutions haven’t emerged,” said Maria Ilcheva of the Jorge M. Perez Metropolitan Center at Florida International University in Miramar, Florida, who’s studied nonprofits for over a decade.

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A 2018 study found that Miami had lost an average of 1,286 affordable-housing units every year since 2013 due to rising prices, developer-friendly policies, and a lack of rent control. That same year, a team of housing and research specialists and Ned Murray, associate director of the Jorge M. Pérez Metropolitan Center at Florida International University, presented a comprehensive affordable-housing master plan.

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The county didn’t fully realize until 2018 there was a crisis, Edward “Ned” Murray, associate director with the Jorge M. Perez Metropolitan Center at Florida International University, told county commissioners. The solution “has to be a countywide effort,” he said.

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It’s only a matter of time before more people like Curry face the tough decision to stay or go, Murray said. “You’re saying 50% of all households are cost burdened. It’s much much higher than that. It’s only getting worse.”

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Ned Murray, the associate director of the Metropolitan Center at Florida International University, said shelter costs – which account for more than a third of the overall consumer price index – have stabilized in most metro areas but continued to increase in Miami and Tampa.

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The top 50 cities listed in the SmartAsset report – including Miami, Hialeah, and Pompano Beach – are places with large populations of working poor, said Edward "Ned" Murray, associate director of Florida International University's Jorge M. Perez Metropolitan Center.

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“The people who are moving here, for the most part … are not employed in South Florida’s key industries. And that’s a problem,” said Edward “Ned” Murray, associate director of Florida International University’s Jorge M. Pérez Metropolitan Center.

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