Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 090661
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File Number: 090661 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-564-09 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: EST POLICY BTWN PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP & PROFIT ENTITIES Introduced: 3/6/2009
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 5/5/2009
Agenda Date: 5/5/2009 Agenda Item Number: 11A21
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO REPORT ON THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM BETWEEN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AND PRIVATE, FOR PROFIT ENTITIES TO DEVELOP AND CONSTRUCT AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR THE RESIDENTS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY; REQUIRING A REPORT FROM THE MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE
Indexes: AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Sponsors: Joe A. Martinez, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, 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 5/5/2009 11A21 Adopted P
REPORT: Responding to Commissioner Jordan’s inquiry, Ms. Cynthia Curry, Senior Advisor to the County Manager, stated that County-owned land would have to be conveyed from the County to a non-profit entity for future development. Ms. Shalley Jones-Horn, Director, Community and Economic Development, indicated that County policy required applicants for land development projects be a non-profit entity and must submit a bid through the Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Commissioner Martinez noted the intent was for the County to retain land ownership and to obtain competitive bids from established developers. He said this would eliminate previous problems encountered including entity development, start-up process, advancement of administrative fees, construction delays and requests to either increase price or reduce total number of units. Commissioner Jordan noted her support; however, she expressed concern that this proposed resolution did not interfere with policies relating to land development and affordable housing in depressed areas. There being no further questions or comments, the Commission proceeded to vote.

Housing & Community Development Committee 4/15/2009 2F Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Cynthia Johnson-Stacks read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Hearing no questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 3/20/2009 Referred Housing & Community Development Committee 4/15/2009

County Attorney 3/6/2009 Referred

County Attorney 3/6/2009 Assigned Terrence A. Smith

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO REPORT ON THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM BETWEEN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AND PRIVATE, FOR PROFIT ENTITIES TO DEVELOP AND CONSTRUCT AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR THE RESIDENTS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY; REQUIRING A REPORT FROM THE MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE

BODY
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County is in the midst of a housing crisis; and
WHEREAS, some of the factors that have led to this crisis include the recent housing crash, skyrocketing insurance premiums and taxes, a severely weakened economy, a rise in foreclosures, the lack of affordable rental units, and the inability of potential homebuyers to qualify for mortgages; and
WHEREAS, the Housing Element of the Miami-Dade Comprehensive Plan sets as one of its goals that the County must 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, the need for affordable housing is desirous to house very-low, low and moderate income residents of Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, historically affordable housing has been developed in Miami-Dade County by private developers, mostly not-for-profit organizations, using a combination of rental income, private funding and government subsidies; and
WHEREAS, although there have been notable successes in the creation of affordable housing through the County’s current partnership with not-for-profit organizations, there also have been many notable failures; and
WHEREAS, there have been many instances where not-for-profit organizations have been unable to fulfill their obligations under their existing agreements with the County; and
WHEREAS, in some of these instances the Miami-Dade Board of Commissioners has been asked to authorize additional subsidies to these housing projects and/or to authorize the increase in the sales or rental prices of units in order to make these projects more viable; and
WHEREAS, these requests result in a reduction in County resources that can be used to support other affordable housing projects; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County cannot afford to lose a single unit of affordable housing or expend its precious resources; and
WHEREAS, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the County $62,207,200 in Neighborhood Stabilization Funds for the purpose of assisting in the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes; and
WHEREAS, on February 17, 2009, the President signed into law the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the “Act”); and
WHEREAS, the on February 18, 2009, the President also announced the creation of the Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan, which would (1) assist homeowners to stave off foreclosure, to provide $75 billion worth of loan modifications to help 3 million to 4 million "at-risk" homeowners; and 3) to subdue mortgage rates by injecting even more capital into troubled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; and


WHEREAS, the various funding sources can be used to stimulate the housing market in Miami-Dade County and be used to increase the number of affordable housing units in Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, the Board recognizes that in addition to its partnerships with not-for-profit organizations, the County must also establish similar partnerships with private, for profit entities to develop affordable housing; and
WHEREAS, the Board desires to establish a policy that establishes such a relationship between the County and these private, for profit entities,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. The Mayor or Mayor’s designee to report on the feasibility of:
(a) Establishing a public/private partnership affordable housing program to develop and construct affordable housing units for the residents of Miami-Dade County whereby said homes are built by private, for profit developers pursuant to plans drawn by the County’s architects and engineers;
(b) Ensuring that in exchange for these affordable housing units private developers will yield a maximum of fifteen percent (15%) profit;
(c) Developing the specifications for this public-private partnership;
(d) Determining whether federal economic stimulus package funds can be used to assist in the building of these affordable housing units; .
(e) Identifying and determining whether County-owned surplus property can be used for the purposes described herein; and
(f) Determining the overall estimated cost to implement such a program.
Section 2. The Mayor or the Mayor’s designee to submit a report to the Board with the results of this exploration within thirty (30) days from the date of this resolution.



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