DATE: June 14, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe, Public Information Manager
Broward County Board of County Commissioners
The Broward Housing Council has released its Fiscal Year 2012 Annual Report. The report provides an overview of the affordable housing strategies and resources countywide. The countywide allocation for Fiscal Year 2012 was approximately $191,647,885 which represents a slight decrease of $84,633 or .04 percent from Fiscal Year 2011 allocation. In addition, Federal Recovery/Stimulus Program Funds totaled approximately $156 million, which was allocated to the Broward County region. Each year the annual report provides a cumulative overview of affordable housing resources and programs on a countywide basis.
“Once again the Housing Council Annual Report provides an outstanding summary of the resources and programs administered countywide that provide affordable housing to residents. These numbers exemplify the progress that is made each year as the Housing Council progressively accomplishes the goals outlined in our work plan. I’m also very proud to announce that we won two 2013 National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) awards. One is the Superior Award for the Newsletter and a Meritorious Award for the website. It is a great honor to be recognized nationally for the hard work and mission of the Housing Council,” said Broward Commissioner Lois Wexler, who serves as Council Chair.
Highlights from the report are as follows:
• Approximately 230 new affordable housing units in Broward County were funded through Florida Housing Finance Corporation; Broward County provided matching funds and/or GAP financing.
• Approximately 130 low/moderate income households received purchase assistance to increase homeownership opportunities.
• Approximately 135 Mortgage Credit Certificates were issued to eligible homeowners for homeownership.
• Approximately 927 single family units were rehabilitated through the various funding sources.
• Approximately 350 clients received homeless prevention assistance countywide.
• Approximately 480 clients were served in emergency and/or transitional shelters.
• Approximately 24 new construction rental units and six affordable single family homes were purchased and rehabilitated for low/moderate income persons or households and in the form of transitional living facilities for youths who have aged out of the foster care system in Fiscal Year 2012.
• Countywide, approximately 600 residents received Housing Counseling/Homeowner Education services.
• Approximately 190 Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers were issued to provide rental assistance targeted to homeless veterans.
The Broward Housing Council was created by the Broward County Charter and serves in an advisory capacity to the Broward County Commission. The Broward Housing Council’s FY 2012 Annual Report is available online at broward.org/browardhousingcouncil.