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File Number: 081889
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File Number: 081889 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-773-08 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: GRANTS AND OTHER FUNDS TO BUY AND REFURBISH FORECLOSED HOMES Introduced: 6/12/2008
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 7/1/2008
Agenda Date: 7/1/2008 Agenda Item Number: 11A3
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR HIS DESIGNEE TO DEVELOP A PLAN THAT UTILIZES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GRANTS AND OTHER APPLICABLE FUNDING SOURCES TO BUY AND REFURBISH FORECLOSED HOMES IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY WITHIN SIXTY (60) DAYS [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 081756]
Indexes: GRANT
Sponsors: Barbara J. Jordan, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 7/1/2008 11A3 Adopted P
REPORT: Commissioner Seijas commented that she had discovered banks were placing foreclosed homes on the market for sale with notices to potential buyers that they would be responsible for complying with any code violations existing on the property. She advised that she sponsored a forthcoming ordinance requiring banks to bring foreclosed homes up to code prior to placing them on the market for sale. There being no further questions or comments, the Board proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 6/12/2008 Assigned David S. Hope 6/12/2008

Economic Development and Human Services Committee 6/11/2008 2B AMENDED Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation with committee amendment(s) P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Shannon Summerset read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Commissioner Jordan explained the intent of this proposed resolution. It was moved by Commissioner Jordan that the Committee forward this proposed resolution as presented. Chairwoman Edmonson seconded this motion. Commissioner Moss offered an amendment to add language to state that “the County Mayor or his designee should actively pursue funds and identify programming and resources where funds are not currently available.” In addition, Commissioner Jordan noted she also asked staff to prepare appropriate legislation that should be coming forth soon to review how the County could use its own resources in terms of buying and refurbishing foreclosed homes in Miami-Dade County. Following discussion among Committee members, the Committee forwarded this proposed resolution as amended to add the language, “the County Mayor or his designee should actively pursue funds and identify programming and resources where funds are not currently available,” as proposed by Commissioner Moss.

Legislative Text


TITLE

RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR HIS DESIGNEE TO DEVELOP A PLAN THAT UTILIZES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GRANTS AND OTHER APPLICABLE FUNDING SOURCES TO BUY AND REFURBISH FORECLOSED HOMES IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY WITHIN SIXTY (60) DAYS

BODY
WHEREAS, the current mortgage foreclosure crisis results in the creation of numerous vacant, unrepaired, foreclosed upon homes in Miami-Dade County (the “County”); and
WHEREAS, such vacant and abandoned homes cause a blight upon the neighborhoods in which they exist; and
WHEREAS, the need for affordable housing in the County is critical, and any financial means or assistance to refurbish and return to use these vacant foreclosed homes, as well as assistance to preserve and maintain homeownership for owner occupied households who are facing foreclosure, will help stabilize these neighborhoods while addressing and reducing the need for affordable housing; and
WHEREAS, federal grants and other funding sources are available for the purpose of acquiring and refurbishing foreclosed homes, and assisting homeowners facing foreclosures in bringing their mortgages completely up to date,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that the Mayor or his designee is directed to develop a plan to apply for and obtain grants from the federal government as well as other allowable funding 1 >>sources 12 and actively pursue funds and identify programming and resources where funds are not currently available,<<

with the purpose of buying and refurbishing homes in Miami-Dade County that have been foreclosed upon or otherwise abandoned, and assisting homeowners facing forecloses in bringing their mortgages up to date. The plan should be prepared and presented to this Board of County Commissioners within sixty (60) days of the date of this resolution.


1 Committee amendments are indicated as follows: words within double brackets are deleted,words within double arrows are underlined are added.



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