housing http://blog.wlrn.org en Little Havana Development Gives Homes To Nearly 200 People http://blog.wlrn.org/post/little-havana-development-gives-homes-nearly-200-people <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Almost 200 people now have a place to call home in an affordable housing development just opened in Little Havana.</span></p><p>In addition to a roof, kitchens and beds for low-income and formerly homeless people, Amistad’s 89 apartments offer supportive housing services:</p><p>“We do case management, we do employment and training services, we do life-skills training, we do parenting-skills trainings, we do activities with the kids,” says Stephanie Berman, president of Carrfour Supportive Housing.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:19:32 +0000 Wilson Sayre 35619 at http://blog.wlrn.org Little Havana Development Gives Homes To Nearly 200 People No Report Card, No Apartment http://blog.wlrn.org/post/no-report-card-no-apartment <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Sonoma Bay and Marsh Harbour housing developments are facing a federal lawsuit.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Both of the housing complexes require parents to provide their children’s school records, specifically their report cards.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">A fair housing group in Palm Beach County was alerted to this fact after the developments placed an ad on Craigslist.</span></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:02:59 +0000 Jephie Bernard 33483 at http://blog.wlrn.org No Report Card, No Apartment Not All Miami Neighborhoods Bounced Back With The Condo Boom http://blog.wlrn.org/post/not-all-miami-neighborhoods-bounced-back-condo-boom <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since the local housing market picked up after the recession, Miami’s skyline includes a growing number of cranes pulling condos out of the ground. But the success story is not the only story of housing here in South Florida.</span></p><p>Martha Brannigan covers real estate for the Miami Herald and she has been working on a series called "<strong><a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/projects/2014/zipcode/stories/overview/">Boom, Bust and Back</a></strong>."</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 10:26:20 +0000 Wilson Sayre 32008 at http://blog.wlrn.org Not All Miami Neighborhoods Bounced Back With The Condo Boom New West Grove Development Offers Affordable Housing To Elderly http://blog.wlrn.org/post/new-west-grove-development-offers-affordable-housing-elderly <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Surrounded by a backhoe and excavators, more than 250 people celebrated the groundbreaking of a new housing development project in Miami’s West Grove neighborhood Monday morning.</span></p><p>Gibson Plaza is designed to be a mixed-use, mixed-income housing development offering affordable housing to the elderly. This development is the first project of its kind in over 50 years.</p><p>The project is a product of a public-private partnership between Miami-Dade County, two development groups, a private foundation, and Miami-Dade College.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:39:15 +0000 Wilson Sayre 31490 at http://blog.wlrn.org New West Grove Development Offers Affordable Housing To Elderly $30 Million To Miami-Dade Homeless Programs http://blog.wlrn.org/post/30-million-miami-dade-homeless-programs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released its list of organizations that will receive funding through the Continuum of Care Program this year. But this year programs are getting 5 percent less money than usual.</span></p><p>The Continuum of Care Program gives money to homeless assistance programs like housing and counseling services. It also funds emergency services to keep people off the street in the first place.</p><p>The budget squeezing that happened last year is now coming down the pipe into communities this year.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:22:13 +0000 Wilson Sayre 30776 at http://blog.wlrn.org $30 Million To Miami-Dade Homeless Programs North Miami Bands Together For Housing Sweeps http://blog.wlrn.org/post/north-miami-bands-together-housing-sweeps <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The North Miami Police&nbsp;Department, code enforcement teams and even parks and recreation are joining forces in what are being called “building inspection sweeps.” The city says going in together as a team helps streamline code enforcement.</span></p><p>Three months ago, the roof of an apartment building in North Miami collapsed, displacing over 250 people from their homes. Though that was not the impetus for creating this coalition, city representatives said they learned from the accident.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:45:14 +0000 Wilson Sayre 29895 at http://blog.wlrn.org North Miami Bands Together For Housing Sweeps Want To Buy A Prison? You're In Luck http://blog.wlrn.org/post/want-buy-prison-youre-luck <p><strong>UPDATE 6/2/2014:</strong> The City of Pembrook Pines has won their bid for the empty prison. Mayor Frank Ortis says the City wanted to control what happened with the land which is not far from houses that fall within city limits.</p><p>------------------------------------------</p><p>A 66-acre plot of land off Sheridan Street has excellent security features, and it will soon be on the market.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;The Broward County Correctional Institution, a former women’s prison, is being sold off by the state.</span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:24:18 +0000 Wilson Sayre 29242 at http://blog.wlrn.org Want To Buy A Prison? You're In Luck How Many Renters Are In Your Neighborhood? These Apps Will Tell You http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-many-renters-are-your-neighborhood-these-apps-will-tell-you <p>Something about housing stats in particular seems a bit more voyeuristic than say, just the average age of a neighborhood's residents. Housing numbers create a figurative window into people’s private spheres that is a bit uncomfortable at times, but the stats help visualize in a different way the place we call home.</p><p>Here's a list of websites that map different aspects of Miami's housing market:</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:35:22 +0000 Wilson Sayre 26610 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Many Renters Are In Your Neighborhood? These Apps Will Tell You Foreign Buys Drive Hopeful Homeowners To Spend More On Rent http://blog.wlrn.org/post/foreign-buys-drive-hopeful-homeowners-spend-more-rent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Foreign investors have been gobbling up properties all over South Florida, often paying with cash. And banks are less willing to take a risk with families who need financing in lieu of cash.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This affects the percentage of income South Floridians spend on housing, because when it's harder to purchase a house, more people rent. And when more people are renting, rent prices go up.</span></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:44:12 +0000 Wilson Sayre 26520 at http://blog.wlrn.org Foreign Buys Drive Hopeful Homeowners To Spend More On Rent City of Miami Seeks 'Tough Love' Approach To Homelessness http://blog.wlrn.org/post/city-miami-seeks-tough-love-approach-homelessness <p><strong>UPDATE 11:15 a.m. Oct. 31:</strong> In the latest development of the City of Miami's request to revisit the <em>Pottinger </em>case, Federal Judge Federico Moreno has <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wlrn/files/502_ORDER_REQUIRING_EVIDENTIARY_HEARING%281%29.pdf" target="_blank">officially called</a> for an evidentiary hearing.&nbsp; This means both sides will present data and witnesses who will attest to whether the landscape for the homeless in Miami has, in fact, changed. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:51:50 +0000 Wilson Sayre 22548 at http://blog.wlrn.org City of Miami Seeks 'Tough Love' Approach To Homelessness One Roof, Many Generations: Redefining The Single-Family Home http://blog.wlrn.org/post/one-roof-many-generations-redefining-single-family-home New homes are back in a big way — literally. This summer, a typical new house in Phoenix was more than 20 percent larger than a resale home as builders across the country added more space to accommodate post-recession lifestyles.<p>Take Jacque Ruggles' family, for example. Four women from three generations live under one roof.<p>"I'm the matriarch," Ruggles says. "I'm grandma."<p>Ruggles makes the monthly $1,789 mortgage payment on the 2,900-square-foot<strong> </strong>home in Gilbert, Ariz., which she bought new about a year and a half ago. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 18:24:48 +0000 22135 at http://blog.wlrn.org One Roof, Many Generations: Redefining The Single-Family Home Home Prices Rise At Best Pace In Seven Years http://blog.wlrn.org/post/home-prices-rise-best-pace-seven-years Led by more strong gains in Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles, home prices in major U.S. cities were up just more than 12 percent on average in July vs. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:47:02 +0000 Mark Memmott 21090 at http://blog.wlrn.org Home Prices Rise At Best Pace In Seven Years South Florida's Condo Market Is Thriving http://blog.wlrn.org/post/south-floridas-condo-market-thriving <p></p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 19679 at http://blog.wlrn.org South Florida's Condo Market Is Thriving Seven50: SE Florida Prosperity Plan http://blog.wlrn.org/post/seven50-se-florida-prosperity-plan <p></p><p>08/22/13 - Thursday's&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/topicalcurrents"><strong>Topical Currents</strong></a> begins with an update on South Florida’s <strong>“<a href="http://seven50.org/">Seven-50</a>” </strong>initiative.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Seven-50” is a blueprint for steering growth among Southeast&nbsp; Florida’s seven counties:&nbsp; Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It considers transportation, housing, jobs and the environmental concerns over the next five decades. Guests are:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Michael Busha</strong>, Seven50 Management Team, Executive Director of <strong><a href="http://www.tcrpc.org/">Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council</a></strong> (TCRPC);&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Victor Dover</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Seven50 Lead Consultant, Principal – <strong><a href="http://www.doverkohl.com">Dover Kohl &amp; Partners</a></strong>;&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Joe Quinty</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, <strong><a href="http://www.sfrta.fl.gov/">South Florida Regional Transportation Authority</a></strong> Project Manager </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for the <strong><a href="http://www.tri-rail.com">Tri-Rail</a></strong> Coastal Link.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And more, in the second half of the program: <strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/people/linda-gassenheimer">Linda </a></strong></span><strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/people/linda-gassenheimer">Gassenheimer’s</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> annual “back to school” lunch program, with dietary chiefs from both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tune in for </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Topical Currents </strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thursday at 1pm on </span>WLRN-HD1<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 19394 at http://blog.wlrn.org Seven50: SE Florida Prosperity Plan In Miami, A New Condo Boom Revives Hopes Of Housing Recovery http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-new-condo-boom-revives-hopes-housing-recovery Here's a headline that may sound familiar: Miami is in the middle of a condo boom.<p>Just seven years ago, Miami had a similar surge in condo construction. But it all came crashing down. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 13:25:00 +0000 Greg Allen 9800 at http://blog.wlrn.org In Miami, A New Condo Boom Revives Hopes Of Housing Recovery