Let’s cut right to the chase. Across the country, there is an affordable housing crisis. And in Miami, despite robust development and investment opportunities, the city is a high-rent/low-income region, making it one of the least affordable cities in the country.
One study reports that 71% of the households in the City of Miami are renters. Of those, 61% are considered cost-burdened, with 30% of their income going to rent and very little of it available to spend elsewhere in the community.
In May 2019, the Connect Capital Miami report was released. The effort is the culmination of months of interviews and meetings with primary stakeholders, from city and community leaders to investors and residents. The report not only provides a glimpse into the difficult situation in Miami, but also offers suggestions on how to best address the problem.
The goal of the study was to discover a way for the City of Miami to create or preserve 12,000 affordable housing units by 2024. To accomplish that, the City would have to tackle the issue using a three-pronged approach:
Perhaps no other segment of the report garnered as much attention as the idea of enabling the environment—that is, clear recommendations that use Miami’s strengths and tools that already exist. Among the recommendations are:
With the release of the final Connect Capital Miami Report in May 2019, the City of Miami took the findings to heart. Working with the Jorge M. Perez Metropolitan Center at Florida International University, the city developed the Miami Affordable Housing Master Plan in January 2020. The effort took into account many of the recommendations from the Connect Capital Report, such as streamlining the permit process and reviewing zoning regulations.
The core of the plan is for small and mid-sized developers and builders to renovate or develop small- and medium-sized lots—“infill” projects. Much of the master plan relies on private enterprise, but the city would create an independent Miami Affordable Finance Corporation for loan coordination. It would also use the Miami Housing Innovation Fund, a pool of funds from public, private, and philanthropic sectors.
At Morris Southeast Group, we cannot say enough about the strength of partnerships and the power of community. It’s one of the reasons we’ve been proud to call South Florida home for more than 30 years. In partnering with affordable housing solutions, CRE developers enrich the community by providing jobs, goods and services, and increasing traffic to CRE properties. It’s good sense, all around.
To learn more about what Morris Southeast Group can do for you, call us at 954.474.1776. You can also reach Ken Morris directly at 954.240.4400 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.