City of Miami: Strategies and Tools for Transformational Change in Housing and Community Development

Report National Resource Network Miami, Florida August 15, 2015 Community Development + Housing

In April 2014, the National Resource Network and the City of Miami, Florida, began their partnership. A little more than a year later, the Network presented this report, which provide recommendations for addressing the City’s high rates of poverty and income inequality, and its strong need for affordable housing.

Miami’s demographic and economic indicators related to poverty and housing are outliers among the 100 largest cities in the U.S., of which Miami is the 42nd largest. There is a significant shortage of housing for people below 50 percent of Area Median Income (AMI) and an abundance of housing for people between 50 and 80 percent of AMI. Additionally, there is a “bar bell” income distribution with a minimal share of middle-income households. And, although poverty and housing cost burden are extremely high, the rate of unemployment is not – indicating a significant proportion of “working poor.”

Working within this context, the Network collaborated with various city leaders to conduct additional research and analysis on the challenges facing Miami. The result of this effort is the attached engagement report, which recommends the City focus on decreasing the number of working poor and children in poverty and addressing the housing needs of middle-income households.

Generally speaking, the Network encouraged the City to strategically target existing resources to the highest priority needs; coordinate “self-sufficiency” activities for families; and increase resources through value capture and regulatory strategies to take advantage of Miami’s booming economy.

More specifically, the Network made seven City-wide recommendations and two neighborhood-based recommendations. This report provides a description of each recommendation, and detailed information on the rationale for its selection, which partners to engage, how it connects to existing efforts, national best practices, anticipated outcomes, and short, mid, and long term actions steps.

The Network’s engagement team in Miami was led by Network consortium member Enterprise Community Partners, with additional support from colleagues at PFM and the University of Miami.

City of Miami: Strategies and Tools for Transformational Change in Housing and Community Development