BROWARD HOUSING AUTHORITIES: $139,248,985
The six Broward Housing authorities are dedicated to providing assistance for affordable, attractive and safe housing to extremely low, low and moderate income individuals and families as they strive to achieve self-sufficiency and improve their lives.
Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly known as Section 8): $115,249,476
The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with the intent of increasing affordable housing choices for low-income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities. Persons with a HCV choose and lease safe, decent and affordable privately owned rental housing. The Housing Authorities currently have funding for approximately 10,862 HCVs; however, the housing authorities indicated that they have approximately 3,160 persons on a waiting list for HCVs an increase of 15 percent from FY11.
Public Housing: $7,065,645
As of September 30, 2012, the housing authorities in Broward County own and operate approximately 1,140 units of public housing. Approximately $7 million was budgeted for FY12 - a slight increase from the previous year of approximately $6 million. Approximately 130 public housing units were demolished to be replaced with eight new two to four (2-5) story buildings with a total of 132 residential units. The housing authorities indicated, however, that they have approximately 1,140 persons on a waiting list for public housing or little over 3 percent from FY11.
Portability Information: $1,626,095
Portability in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) enables a household to use a voucher issued in one jurisdiction when moving to another jurisdiction outside of Broward County where the program is administered by a different local public housing agency. The rate of portability movers increased from approximately 150 to approximately 320 vouchers.
HUD Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Voucher Program: $1,099,400
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program partnered to provide permanent, supportive housing and treatment services for homeless Veterans. The primary goal of HUD-VASH is to help veterans and their families successfully move out of homelessness by utilizing HUD Section 8 “Housing Choice” rental assistance vouchers and VA’s intensive case management services. Eligible individuals and veterans are identified by VA. HUD designated approximately 190 HUD-VASH Housing Vouchers to assist with rental assistance to participating public housing authorities to provide permanent residence and combat homelessness among veterans.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit: $7,454,092
As part of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program promotes the development of affordable rental housing for low-income individuals and families by providing opportunities for developers to build mixed-income communities using tax credits as a financing tool. The Housing Authorities annual operating budget for the 2,151 units previously built with some of the LIHTC funding is approximately $7.4 million dollars. LIHTC is a program that encourages the investment of private capital for the creation of affordable rental housing for low-income households. Tax credits are available to individuals and corporations who invest in such projects.
Shelter Plus Care Program: $3,660,166
HUD’s Shelter Plus Care (S+C) program provides housing assistance to persons who are homeless with disabilities – primarily those homeless persons with serious mental health illness and/or chronic substance abuse problems, and/or Acquired Immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS related diseases. Currently, the Housing Authority administers approximately 340 S+C vouchers that provide tenant-based rental assistance to landlords on behalf of the homeless persons with disabilities (and their families) who need affordable housing and support to live as independently as possible.
Project Based and Tenant Based Housing Choice Vouchers: $3,094,111
The Housing Authorities have two different types of rental subsidies: tenant-based and project-based programs. Both programs have similar income-based admission requirements set by HUD. Households with a tenant-based subsidy have a voucher that allows them to move from one place to another. Those in the project-based programs live in a building in which the units are subsidized.
If a tenant moves from the building, they lose their rental subsidy. Generally, those in the project-based programs and some tenant-based programs for special populations are referred by various agencies and building owners to the Housing Authority, which confirms that they meet all the Section 8 eligibility requirements. The housing authorities set aside approximately 273 Project-Based and 53 Tennant-Based Housing Choice Vouchers in FY12.
Housing Choice Vouchers: $117,974,971
Public Housing: $7,065,645
Other Supportive Housing: $6,754,277
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