Florida Policy Project affordable housing report highlights tough challenge with workable solutions

Affordable Housing
The report recommends 'a suite' of best practices, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.

The Florida Policy Project, a nonpartisan research-focused organization, has published its affordable housing report, offering insights into the problem and highlighting best practices to solve it. 

The report found a staggering 945,687 very low-income households where hardworking families, seniors and individuals with disabilities are spending more than half of their income on housing.

Additionally, the report found more than half of all renters in Florida allocate at least 30% of their income toward rent. 

While the challenges are real and persistent, the report also found comprehensive housing affordability best practices and innovative concepts tailored for Floridians, established in partnership with the Florida State University DeVoe L. Moore Policy Center and utilizing information from successful initiatives in other cities throughout the U.S.

The recommendations included a range of strategies, including upzoning, form-based codes, lot size reduction, accessory dwelling units and light touch density. 

“The housing affordability studies released today outline the why, the ideas and the best practice solutions. In the coming weeks, in collaboration with legislative leadership and university partners, we will produce strategies to best implement these practices,” said former Sen. Jeff Brandes, founder of the Florida Policy Project.

The Florida Policy Project is encouraging stakeholders to delve into the report to gain a deeper understanding of the housing affordability crisis and the innovative solutions that can transform Florida’s landscape. 

The group hopes that through collaboration, policymakers, community leaders and concerned citizens can create a future where every citizen can access safe, affordable housing. 

“While the Live-Local legislation passed this year represents a significant step forward in mitigating the housing shortage, there is still more work to be done,” Sen. Darryl Rouson said. 

On the report’s best practice findings for upzoning — organic density increases attained through allowing new development — it notes that the practice “could translate on the ground as dividing a large single-family home into two or four units” or allow “more of the property to be developed or the height increased by a story.”

Light touch density, another best practice identified in the report, increases density by expanding housing options in residential neighborhoods to allow single-family homes, duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, tiny homes, accessory dwelling units and small lot homes. 

Some areas of Florida do not allow accessory dwelling units, and in places where they are allowed, they are often regulated through strict zoning. The report’s best practice on such units — often referred to as in-law suites or garage apartments — found that by legalizing accessory dwelling units, housing stock for single individuals or small households could increase and provide more affordable options for such renters outside traditional apartment and home rentals. 

Another best practice — reducing minimum lot sizes — would increase the allowable housing per acre, again increasing density and housing stock. Such successful practices integrate regulations to simultaneously protect neighborhood character. 

Finally, the report establishes form-based codes as a best practice, an action that focuses on preserving neighborhoods while also allowing land use to evolve as the city grows. 

“As part of a suite of reforms, these and other innovative solutions have the potential to dramatically increase housing supply to meet Florida’s rising demand,” the report notes. 

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  • Swamp Creature

    June 7, 2023 at 7:37 pm

    This is the formula for urban poverty, social tension, the collapse of property values, and blight. How many times do we have to dip back into this quagmire of social engineering?

    • A Random Guest

      June 8, 2023 at 4:22 am

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      We could do it here as well if all YOUR tax dollars weren’t getting sucked up by Rhonda Santis’ donor giveaways and Fascist Forays across America, instead of actually doing what he’s paid to do: governing Florida.

      Try crawling out of the swamp to see how other countries do it.

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  • Richard Bruce

    June 7, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    All housing is affordable, to someone. Leftist want to give their supporters subsidized housing paid for by someone else without any behavioral obligation to the taxpayer. Democratic mayors want higher densities to increase their dependency base. There is plenty of space and housing for low-income families, but not where the politicians want it.

  • Ed Dot Com 👍

    June 8, 2023 at 11:41 am

    The market has failed because people wanna build houses to exploit working people..buy ten properties and rent them.. make money on other people’s labor while they sit on their azz or make less elsewhere. Many people out of state own houses here with “property managers” taking a cut and calling that work. Florida is the land of low wages and exploitation…imports money and slaves… money leaves the state as quickly as it comes here. “Housing market” is a gambling racket fed by unwitting people who need to keep the rain off their heads. Government in Florida compromised of empty suits who feel their only purpose is to protect the schemes and scams of the rich.

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