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Florida's secret weapon in the housing crisis
« on: July 25, 2022, 08:56:30 AM »

With the creation of the Sadowski trust fund to support affordable housing in 1992, Florida led the way in ensuring that low-income residents had a place to live. Failure to fund the trust over the last 20 years has contributed to Florida entering a full-blown housing crisis, but it just may be our best tool for turning the tide.

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Re: Florida's secret weapon in the housing crisis
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2022, 08:33:32 PM »
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Re: Florida's secret weapon in the housing crisis
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2023, 02:12:43 PM »
I never knew about this.  Thank you for the information!

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Re: Florida's secret weapon in the housing crisis
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2023, 10:55:58 AM »
Mayor Deegan's housing transition committee holds its last meeting this morning. This article from Jax Today summarizes their recommendations.

Here are highlights of the group’s short-term suggestions:

    Update the 2045 Housing Comprehensive Plan with subcommittee recommendations and develop clear policy goal directives with benchmarks and timelines.
    Institute a housing oversight committee.
    Streamline the permitting process.
    Expand and commit local, recurring, dedicated funding aimed at filling gaps and building developer capacity.
    Promote the construction of “missing middle housing” — such as more dense multiunit homes typical of pre-1950s era — and increase the allowed density of future development through zoning reform.
    Provide incentives to developers and community housing partners to produce low-income, affordable and workforce housing.
    Address tap and connection fee barriers to affordability.
    Support eviction prevention programs.
    Launch a “Housing Resource Center” to coordinate and promote housing opportunities, resources and protections to the public.
    Support homeownership preservation strategies that provide educational information to address heirs’, properties, property tax relief and home repair programs.


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Re: Florida's secret weapon in the housing crisis
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2023, 11:19:28 AM »
These don’t sound like bad ideas at least. Some of it sounds a bit wheel-spinning but things like streamlining permitting and promoting missing middle and increasing density with zoning reform can absolutely help.

It would be better if there was some more detailed thinking about things like transportation, which is often the second most expensive household expense after housing and often impacts the design and location of housing. Throwing out the existing nonsense TOD law and just letting developers build denser, taller housing with less parking around transit stations would be a big help. I don’t see why “coordinating with Jacksonville Transportation Authority to support transit-oriented community development” is a thing that would take more than two years, that should be a phone call and a lunch meeting.

Also, if they already know that there’s a 147,000 backlog on the Housing Authority’s waitlist then they should explicitly be looking to get JHA the money to fill that backlog fast. Give the authority the resources and powers to go out and either work with developers or even build the housing themselves. Heck, if they’re really smart about it they can even build mixed income housing themselves and enable cross-subsidies of the affordable housing through market rate units. Same way companies like Vestcor make money.

There should also be some thought about things to not support. We should absolutely not be in the business of creating future liabilities for ourselves. So things like building subsidized workforce apartments beyond the beltway with no transit access or permitting brand new affordable homes with septic tanks that we’ll one day need to spend tens of thousands per home removing and connecting to sewer should be out of the question.
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Re: Florida's secret weapon in the housing crisis
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2023, 12:37:03 PM »
Jacksonville needs a density bonus for affordable housing. They 1000% need to fix the permit system, and some low hanging policy. Density bonuses are really much more equitable than building affordable housing complexes.