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9-Community Land Trust Caucus: Neighborhood Stabilization Program Opportunities
12-Using HOME Funds for Tenant-Based Rental Assistance
13-Using HFA Funds for Tenant-Based Rental Assistance
16-Sustainable Development More Important Now Than Ever
20-Indiantown Nonprofit Receives First Place in National Competition
22-Regulatory Reform is a Home Builder “Hot Button” for Sadowski Act
23-Restore Full Funding for Florida’s Housing Trust Funds in 2009
28-The Intersection between Fair Housing and Affordable Housing: NIMBY, Disabilities, and More
29-Affordable Housing Study Commission Addresses Nonprofit Capacity for 2008-2009
|Housing: The New Environment
The omnibus housing bill for 2009 (HB 161 and SB 1042) was amended onto growth management legislation (SB 360). An article about the growth management portion of SB 360 authored by Charles Pattison, executive director of 1000 Friends of Florida, is on page 12.
Housing: The New Environment, turned out to be far newer than the Florida Housing Coalition had anticipated with passage of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) in late July. Quick to respond, our presenters peppered key HERA provisions throughout the conference plenary sessions and workshops.
Foreclosure recovery was at the collective forefront. The combination of tracks on the mortgage market and nonprofit capacity fed directly into the start of the Florida Housing Coalition’s technical assistance on the HERA Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The keynote address, planned long before the RNC made community organizing a topic of national conversation, rang acutely relevant, as community organizer, Gihan Perera addressed the role that community organizing plays in housing and economic development. See article on page 24.
The public policy plenary ably moderated by Annetta Jenkins, brought together state and national perspectives on the mortgage and credit crisis, tools for bringing nonprofit development to scale, and greening affordable housing. And each conversation begun at the public policy plenary was teased out in workshops the following day.
Clearly, we are living in a very new housing environment—housing prices have fallen, and good credit is at a premium. Unfortunately, there is this constant: during the housing “boom” Florida was not adequately meeting the needs of extremely and very low income Floridians, and in the housing “bust,” those at the lower end of the spectrum are still without sufficient housing options. The good news is that housing is nothing if not dynamic, and housing advocates are up to the task of responding to all manner of change. In this edition of the Journal, as with all others, we hope you find information and inspiration to meet our current housing challenges.