DATE: December 21, 2011
The Broward Housing Council's new website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe, Public Information Manager
Broward County Board of County Commissioners
Have a question about affordable housing in Broward County? Most likely the answer can be found at broward.org/browardhousingcouncil. The new website is designed to be user friendly, comprehensive and provide broad based information.
“The website was a top priority of the 2010 Housing Summit. The website provides in-depth information on federal, state and County affordable housing programs, lists available services for residents, developers and housing practitioners,” said Broward Housing Director Ralph Stone.
The website was mandated by the Broward Housing Council, a 19-member council added to the County Charter by a referendum vote in 2008. The Council membership is broad based and includes County and city elected officials, small and large city managers, nonprofit and for profit affordable housing providers and real estate and banking industry representatives. Broward County Commissioner Lois Wexler is the Council Chair.
In addition to hosting the Broward Housing Summit, the Broward Housing Council has developed and approved annual work programs including an Annual Report addressing all affordable activities countywide and has recently funded an update of the Countywide Housing Needs Assessment.
The Broward Housing Council website was launched in October and was the featured “Best of Broward” presentation at the Broward County Commission’s December 13 meeting. “This live real-time website is such a useful tool out there in the community. It is being used, not just by the development community and the housing community, but by people looking for things to help them in their time of need,” said Commissioner Wexler.
Housing Resources and Services, Programs, Funding Opportunities, Broward County Cities, Education and Training, Research and Demographics are the six featured areas of interest highlighted at the top of the page. “A resident may want to know where an affordable rental can be found. First time homeowners may ask where they can go for assistance. A developer would want information about the Florida Housing Finance Corporation’s tax credit program all the way down to a range of strategies that entitlement communities have with block grant and home funds,” said Stone.
The Broward Housing Council has budgeted funds to not only develop the comprehensive website, but also refine and maintain the information to ensure that it remains useful and up-to-date.
The “Best of Broward” presentation highlights a Broward County agency or service each month at one of the weekly County Commission meetings. Meetings take place the first four Tuesdays of each month beginning at 10 a.m. The meetings are webcast and televised on participating cable channels. For more information, visit broward.org/commission. For more information on Broward Housing Council, visit broward.org/housingcouncil.