Workforce Housing Development Program
Miami-Dade County’s Public Housing and Community Development Department (PHCD) and Regulatory and Economic Resources Department (RER) or their successor departments oversee the administration of the Miami-Dade County Workforce Housing Development Program.
The Workforce Housing Development Program is a voluntary program that provides density bonuses, and other incentives for the development of affordable housing for working families and individuals.
Workforce Housing is defined as housing that is affordable for families whose incomes are within 60 to140 percent of the Country’s area income as reported by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and adjusted to family size ($50,820 to $118,580, respectively, for a family of four).
Developers interested in participating in the Workforce Housing Development Program should become familiar with the approval process and attend a free workforce housing workshop offered by RER by calling 305-375-1806.
Ordinances and Implementing Order
Given the increasing demand for housing that is affordable for working families and individuals resulted in the development and passage of Miami-Dade County Ordinance 07-05 establishing the Workforce Housing Development Program Ordinance (WHU Ordinance), which was substantially revised by Ordinance 16-138. To further the intent of the WHU Ordinance, Miami-Dade County, through PHCD and RER, developed Implementing Order 3-60.
The Implementing Order provides information on these related documents: 2016 Payment in Lieu Schedule, Minor Statistical Areas Map for Payment in Lieu, Sales Price and Income Limits, and Income Limits and Rent Limits.
Payment in Lieu Schedule
A developer may satisfy the WHU Ordinance by providing a monitory contribution to the Trust Fund in lieu of construction of on-site workforce housing units. Prior to obtaining a zoning permit for the market rate units, the developer shall provide payment of the contribution in lieu of construction to PHCD referred to as the Payment in Lieu Schedule. PHCD shall then issue a letter stating the satisfaction of payment and the number of WHUs for which a contribution in lieu of construction was made.
Minor Statistical Area Map for Payment in Lieu
If the development is located in a Minor Statistical Area (MSA) where the median sales price within the Urban Development Boundary (UDB) is lower than the Countywide sales price under the standard formula, then, instead of the Countywide median sales price, the formula shall use the median sale price (single-family or multi-family, as applicable) for that MSA.
Workforce Housing Sales
Upon receipt of a developer or property owner’s written notification of the availability of a WHU for sale, PHCD shall make such notice available to eligible households through its website. Each developer or property owner shall also list the availability of the WHUs on their respective website.
Each developer or property owner will refer potential homebuyers to PHCD for eligibility determination along with a copy of their proposed sales contract and any other required documents. PHCD shall determine the eligibility of each prospective eligible household based upon the income limits table described on PHCD’s Affordable Homeownership Program. Upon eligibility determination, PHCD will execute a certificate of qualification indicating that the prospective homebuyer is a qualified household.
All qualified households must use the WHU as their primary residence. WHUs sold to qualified households may not be rented and rented WHUs may not be sub-leased. WHUs that are for sale will be subject to a control period of 20 years for every new qualified household to ensure that the WHU remains affordable and available.
[Note: Please refer to Implementing Order 3-60 for additional details and requirements.]
Notification of Availability of WHUs
Currently the are no properties listed for sale. At such time that developers or property owners announce the availability of WHUs for sale, then PHCD will provide the information.