REGULATORY & FINANCIAL STRATEGIES FOR INCREASING AFFORDABLE HOUSING
The final workshop will build upon discussions from prior sessions, and it will focus on identifying regulatory mechanisms and monetary incentives that support production of affordable housing in select locations. The discussion of regulatory incentives will cover such strategies as inclusive community requirements, mixed-income neighborhoods, density bonuses, linkage fees, community land trusts, and transit-oriented development (TOD) options, among others. The second part of the workshop will provide an opportunity for a roundtable discussion with experts in the field of financial resources for affordable housing.
WORKSHOP #2 | October 18, 2017
AFFORDABLE HOUSING DESIGN AND PRODUCT TYPES
The second workshop engaged attendees and representatives of the development community, by discussing new housing types and strategies that are context-sensitive and meet the needs of targeted populations and necessary income thresholds. The housing strategies and associated regulatory requirements discussed included mixed-use/mixed-income multi-family, adaptive reuse, smaller footprint single-family houses, accessory dwelling units, innovative senior housing, and co-housing communities, among others. Additionally, Florida developers were featured, sharing some of their best affordable housing products.
[Mayor Teresa Jacobs is speaking from a podium to audience members regarding affordable housing solutions in Central Florida.]
Mayor Teresa Jacobs:To set the stage though I think it’s important to remember that the lack of affordable housing is not something unique to Central Florida or to even to the state of Florida.
[The videographer pans around to show audience members attentively listening. ]
As you may know, the national Low Income Housing Coalition announced two years ago that there was not a single state in the Union where a minimum wage, full-time worker could afford an apartment at the market rate- I mean that’s pretty amazing when you think about it.
[Mitchel Glasser, manager, Orange County Housing and Community Development division, is interviewed in a park. Video clips of Mayor Teresa Jacobs inside a home are shown while he is speaking. ]
Mitchel Glasser: So today’s workshop was the second in a series of three workshops on affordable housing and how we as a community can begin to develop a pattern of growth that creates more inclusive communities that has a variety of housing types that are affordable to the residents that live here.
[Alberto Vargas, Planning Manager, Orange County Planning Division, is interviewed outside. Video clips showing features of an affordable home are shown while he is speaking. ]
Alberto Vargas:And the formula for success was part of today’s dialogue where we were able to identify the where which is location and appropriateness of affordable housing implementation plus the what which are all of these diverse housing types divided by the how which is- the how becomes all of these strategies that we’re talking about which equals the affordable housing solution, equals the housing solutions that we’re allafter.
[Mayor Teresa Jacobs is speaking from a podium to an audience. Video clips are shown of her interacting with attendees inside and around an affordable housing unit. ]
Mayor Teresa Jacobs: So we have to look at the whole equation and we have to do it together.the cool thing about Central Florida the cool thing about Osceola County, Seminole County, and Orange County is there’s not another set of counties or local governments in the nation that do collaboration like we do collaboration, so if anybody can tackle this, what appears to be almost an impossible problem around the nation, it’s us.
WORKSHOP #1 | May 19, 2017
IDENTIFYING SUITABLE AREAS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN CENTRAL FLORIDA
The first free workshop in the series helped identify and explore affordable housing solutions in Central Florida. Identifying locations based on indicators such as proximity to public transportation, major employment centers and availability of community resources and services. A housing analysis and areas of opportunity were presented and identified for the region. Watch a recap of Workshop #1.
This workshop is a result of the Regional Affordable Housing Summit, which took place last October. Planners, developers, local government leaders, and citizens from across the region gathered to explore affordable housing solutions for Central Florida including strategies, tools and best practices that are being implemented throughout Florida and across the country.