Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 061495
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File Number: 061495 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-558-06 Control:
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 5/9/2006
Agenda Date: 5/9/2006 Agenda Item Number: 11A7
Sponsors: Barbara J. Jordan, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed

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County Attorney 5/11/2006 Assigned Terrence A. Smith

Board of County Commissioners 5/9/2006 11A7 Amended Adopted as amended P
REPORT: Responding to Commissioner Barreiro’s questions, Commissioner Jordan stated the Miami-Dade Community Affordable Housing Strategies Alliance (“Task Force”) was formed to ensure a comprehensive strategy for affordable housing. She noted the Task Force would be coming back to the Board with a variety of recommendations to address the housing issue comprehensively. Commissioner Jordan said she would entertain an amendment to increase the quorum requirement. Commissioner Sosa asked to be listed as a co-sponsor of the foregoing proposed resolution. She also asked that the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Hialeah Chamber of Commerce, the Builders Association of South Florida and the Latin Builders Association be added to the proposed resolution and that fifty percent plus one be the required quorum. Commissioner Jordan accepted the amendments proffered by Commissioner Sosa. Commissioner Sorenson asked to be listed as a co-sponsor of the foregoing proposed resolution and commended Commissioner Jordan for her leadership on this issue. She suggested one-third plus one as the quorum requirement. Commissioner Seijas noted there was approximately $100 million in surtax funds which might provide assistance to people seeking a down-payment for workforce housing. In response to Commissioner Seijas’ suggestion, Commissioner Jordan said there were a number of obligations that went beyond the allocations through the Surtax Program and the County Manager was currently compiling the report. She noted the turnaround timeframe had always been an issue for expending the dollars. Commissioner Jordan said the proposed Task Force would be looking at all the resources, including Surtax, HOME and SHIP and anything else that could come to the table and assist with this process. She noted she had requested staff to prepare legislation relating to the creation of an Independent Development Account designed to assist lower income families to create independent accounts towards a home down-payment. Commissioner Seijas offered to co-sponsor the proposed legislation referenced by Commissioner Jordan. She congratulated Commissioner Jordan for her efforts on this issue. Commissioner Heyman suggested the proposed resolution include opportunities for affordable rental and homeownership for Miami-Dade County’s workforce. Commissioners Edmonson, Heyman and Chairman Martinez requested to be listed as co-sponsors of the foregoing proposed resolution. Chairman Martinez asked that Senior Advisor to the County Manager Cynthia Curry determine whether $24 million in SHIP funds were available. Commissioner Gimenez asked that County Manager Burgess come back to the Board with an allocation plan if it was determined that these funds were available. County Manager Burgess noted staff would verify whether the funds were SHIP or Surtax and come back to the Board with a plan. Vice-Chairman Moss and Commissioner Sorenson commended Commissioner Jordan for her leadership on the affordable housing issue. Commissioner Jordan expressed appreciation to the Board for its support on the affordable housing issue. She noted the proposed inclusionary zoning workforce ordinance, under her sponsorship would be presented to Committee next week for public hearing. The Board by motion duly made, seconded and carried, voted to adopt the foregoing proposed resolution as amended to provide that one-third plus one of the voting members present shall constitute a quorum; and that the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Hialeah Chamber of Commerce, the Builders Association of South Florida and the Latin Builders Association be included in the proposed resolution.

Legislative Text


WHEREAS, there is a severe housing shortage which exists within Miami-Dade County with respect to the supply of housing relative to the need for housing residents with low and moderate incomes; and
WHEREAS, the Housing Element of the Miami-Dade Comprehensive Plan sets as one of its goals that the County ensure the provision of affordable housing products that will meet the spatial and economic necessities of all current and future Miami-Dade County residents, regardless of household type and income; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County continues to face challenges from a tight rental market, rising costs in housing units of all types and the lack of sufficient resources from the State and Federal governments to face this crisis; and
WHEREAS, according to the 2003 U.S. Census Data for Miami-Dade County the homeowner vacancy rates were 2.2% and rental vacancy rates were 8.5%; and
WHEREAS, due to the boom in the construction of high priced housing, condominium conversions and very few rental housing being built, recent data demonstrates that the current rental vacancy rates have dropped dramatically to approximately 1.2% in Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, statistical estimates demonstrate that as a result of these before mentioned factors there is insufficient affordable housing for very low, low and moderate income households in the County; and
WHEREAS, each of these factors results in many Miami-Dade County residents having difficulty in locating and leasing up and purchasing affordable housing units, which are decent and safe; and
WHEREAS, the County relies heavily on its partnerships with the public and private sectors to acquire, construct and/or rehabilitate affordable housing developments through programs such as SHIP, Surtax, HOME, and other affordable housing programs; and
WHEREAS, without the public and private sectors’ assistance and involvement in housing these programs, many residents of Miami-Dade County will not be housed; and
WHEREAS, there is a need in Miami-Dade County to provide a full range of housing choices, conveniently located in a suitable living environment, for all incomes, ages and family sizes,
Section 1. The Board considers the housing crisis in Miami-Dade County an urgent and serious threat to the residents of this County; that both legislative/regulatory and educational approaches are required to eradicate this housing crisis; and that government and the private sector should work cooperatively to institute measures to thwart this housing crisis, including the enactment of appropriate legislation at the local, state and federal levels.
Section 2. Creation of Task Force. There is hereby created and established in Miami-Dade County a Task Force to be known as the Miami-Dade Community Affordable Housing Strategies Alliance (“Task Force”).
Section 3. Initial Membership. The Task Force shall initially be composed of the following: representatives from the organizations, agencies, and governmental officials.
a. Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor
b. Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
c. Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce
d. Miami-Dade County League of Cities, Inc.
e. United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
f. Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc. (HOPE, Inc.)
g. Local ACORN - State Chapter ACORN
h. Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
i. Beacon Council
j. Florida International University
k. Miami Workers Center
l. Human Services Coalition
m. State of Florida Housing Finance Corporation
n. Area Alliance on Aging
o. Mortgage Bankers Association
p. Fannie Mae
q. Freddie Mac
r. Tools for Change
s. Miami-Dade Affordable Housing Advisory Board
t. One Private Not-for Profit Affordable Developer
u. One For-Profit Affordable Developer
v. Miami-Dade Affordable Housing Foundation
w. Miami-Dade Equal Opportunity Board
x. Dade Legislative Representatives
y. U.S. Legislative Representatives
z. Miami-Dade Empowerment Trust
aa. Miami Business Forum
bb. Community Partnership for the Homeless
cc. Partnership for Recovery
dd. Miami-Dade Homeless Trust
ee. People Acting for Community Together
ff. Alliance for Human Services
gg. The Trust for Public Land
hh. Latin Builders Association
ii. Builders Association of South Florida
jj. South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
kk. Hialeah Chamber of Commerce
Section 4. Organization. Luis P. Rabell, Chairman of Miami-Dade Affordable Housing Advisory Board, shall serve as Chair and the County Manager or designee shall serve as Vice Chairperson of the Task Force. In order to transact any business or to exercise any power vested in the Taskforce, a quorum consisting of no less than one-third (1/3) plus one of the voting members shall be present. The Task Force shall adopt a schedule of regular meetings. Special meetings of the Task Force may be called by the Chairperson or upon the written request of five (5) members. All meetings of the Task Force shall be public and written minutes shall be maintained.
Section 5. Duties and Functions. The Task Force shall be charged with the following duties, functions and responsibilities:
a. To identify the data gathering processes and procedures necessary to evaluate the housing crisis in Miami-Dade County as it relates to households whose income is up to 100 of the area median income in Miami-Dade County; and to develop innovative solutions to address this housing crisis.
b. To establish methods for obtaining input on community needs and priorities, which may include public meetings, conducting focus groups, and convening ad hoc panels.
c. To develop solutions that should include, but not limited to, recommending additional legislation and enforcement of existing legislation.
d. To develop methods to inform the public about available funding and financing opportunities, rental and homeownership opportunities through an expanded public information and consumer education program.
e. To plan and implement the convocation of a Miami-Dade County Housing Summit to be held with the purpose of charting the course in program and policy development for the County as it establishes a comprehensive affordable housing strategy.
f. To offer guidance in establishing a One-Stop clearinghouse for information relating to housing in Miami-Dade County.
g. To make final findings and recommendations to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners regarding the measures to address the present housing crisis in Miami-Dade County.
h. To serve in an advisory capacity to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners and the Mayor of Miami-Dade County and other public and governmental entities with respect to all issues affecting or relating to the duties charged herein.
Section 6. Staff Support. The Task Force shall have the assistance from staff designated by the Mayor, County Manager, County departments and other governmental entities and legal representation from the County Attorney’s Office to enable the Task Force to carry out its duties, functions and responsibilities.
Section 7. Report. The Task Force shall provide the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners with a preliminary report of its findings on or before October 31, 2006 and a final report of its findings and recommendations to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commission on or before April 30, 2007.

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