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  • 03/29/2017 12:34 PM
    Reply # 4698429 on 3564063
    Schnur (Administrator)

    Whether they’re Democrats or Republicans, poverty and wealth inequality are what concern mayors most, according to a new survey.



    The Issues That Drive America’s Mayors


    Whether they’re Democrats or Republicans, as a new survey shows, poverty and wealth inequality are what concern them most.



    By Oklahoma City Mayor and U.S. Conference of Mayors President Mick Cornett and Bob Annibale, Global Director, Citi Community Development and Inclusive Finance



    Before he died in 2014, Thomas Menino, a visionary urban leader who served as mayor of Boston for more than two decades, declared that we are living in “the era of the city.” This has never been truer than it is today.

    As the world continues to urbanize at an unprecedented rate, cities and their surrounding areas wield more power than ever. Currently over half of the world’s population lives in cities, and that is expected to grow to 70 percent by 2050. In the United States, 82 percent of Americans live in metropolitan areas, an increase of 12 percent just since 2000.

    Cities are rich with diversity and serve as vital hubs of innovation, culture and commerce.  The world’s top 10 cities by GDP, five of which are in the United States, have economies rivaling all but the 10 most prosperous countries. But while the populations, capital and political power of many cities is enormous, so are the scale and complexity of their challenges -- making insight into their leadership important.

    Motivated by the belief that “the era of the city” is upon us, Boston University’s Initiative on Cities, with support from Citi,  recently published the findings of its 2016 Menino Survey of Mayors to understand the important challenges facing these cities’ leaders.  Named for the great Boston mayor, the survey gathered the perspectives of more than 100 sitting mayors from 41 states on contemporary issues through a series of one-on-one interviews conducted last summer.

    The survey’s findings reveal that despite remarkable societal advancements in urban centers, new and more complex problems are cropping up or increasing in severity.  The environment, infrastructure, public services and household financial security are presenting challenges at a level that cities have never experienced before.

    IMAGE: Poverty a top concern for mayorsNot surprisingly, the survey found that two of the central issues in the 2016 presidential campaign – wealth inequality and the shrinking middle class -- were also of deep concern to mayors of cities throughout the country.  Nearly half of those surveyed ranked poverty as their most pressing economic concern. In fact, 48 percent of mayors feel that those living in or near poverty are the most excluded group in their cities; when asked which constituency they need to do more to help, nearly a quarter named poor residents.

    What is slightly more surprising is the level of agreement on the top issues regardless of mayors’ party affiliation or city size. Mayors from cities big and small are highly attuned to the plight of their most vulnerable residents, and even in this polarized political climate the focus on poverty is shared by both Democrat and Republican mayors. That’s also true of the benefits of diversity. While issues of economic inclusion and diversity illuminated deep divisions among the presidential candidates, the country's mayors were united in the goal of building more inclusive cities that are welcoming to all.

    The Menino Survey provides a window into how our nation’s mayors think, act and perceive their world. By gathering and synthesizing the priorities and challenges of our cities from the perspective of their leaders, the survey offers a roadmap of opportunities for civic innovation.

    It also provides stakeholders in the nonprofit and private sectors with valuable insights that can inform the development of new programs, policies and partnerships, such as universal youth savings accounts in San Francisco, community land trusts in Washington, D.C. or a small-business support program for public housing residents in New York City.

    These types of innovations, often forged through public/private partnerships, enable us to tackle complex urban challenges such as poverty and economic insecurity and build more inclusive cities – ones where residents can fulfill their potential and contribute to thriving urban economies.


    This article originally appeared in Governing Magazine on March 21st, 2016. You can read the original article here.


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  • 03/29/2017 12:32 PM
    Reply # 4698426 on 3564063
    Schnur (Administrator)






    Get the latest on housing trends, housing laws, and community development efforts at the 6th Annual Florida Fair Housing and Community Development Summit on April 17-18 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. 

    Be sure to visit our website at www.flfhsummit.com for more information and a list of the workshop sessions that will be offered during the two-day conference. There is something for every housing professional as well as for the general public. Continuing education credits will be available for Realtors®, attorneys, and mediators.

    The event will feature leading experts in the housing industry. Jaimie Ross, President/CEO of the Florida Housing Coalition, will be the keynote speaker at the pre-conference event on April 17. Carlos Osegueda, HUD Region IV Director, and Fred Freiberg, Executive Director of the Fair Housing Justice Center, will be the morning plenary keynote speakers. Tiffany Manuel, Vice President - Knowledge, Impact, & Strategy of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., will be the luncheon keynote speaker.

    We look forward to seeing you at the Summit on April 17-18 in Orlando. Register now and book your hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Orlando through our website at www.flfhsummit.com. Please also like us on Facebook - Florida Fair Housing Summit, follow us on Twitter @FLFHSummit, and follow us on Instagram @FloridaFairHousingSummit for the latest information, and invite your friends and colleagues!

    If you have any questions, please contact flfhsummit@gmail.com. 



    Copyright © 2017 Florida Housing Coalition. All Rights Reserved.

  • 03/03/2017 7:19 AM
    Reply # 4645469 on 3564063
    Schnur (Administrator)

    Florida Housing Coalition releases
    Home Matters for Florida 2017 Report

    This morning, the Florida Housing Coalition released the 2017 Home Matters for Florida report. Home Matters for Florida includes up-to-date data on housing costs in Florida, cost-burdened families, homelessness, wages, and other factors that drive Florida’s affordable housing need.

    The Home Matters for Florida report sends a clear message: Fully appropriating the Sadowski Trust Funds for housing is one of the most powerful things we can do for low-income Floridians and the state’s overall economy. If the projected $292.37 million in Sadowski State and Local Trust Funds are fully appropriated, the resulting affordable housing development will create nearly 29,000 jobs and $3.8 billion in positive economic impact




    (Top Left Corner: Jaimie Ross, Facilitator of Sadowski Coalition, and President/CEO for the Florida Housing Coalition; Anitra Highland, SHIP recipient and local law enforcement officer; George Romagnoli, Community Development Director for Pasco County and Chair of Florida Housing CoalitionBrewster Bevis, Sr. Vice President of State and Federal Affairs for Associated Industries of Florida; Dorene Barker, Associate State Director AARP of Florida; Carrie O'Rourke, Vice President of Public Policy for the Florida Realtors)

    Several guest speakers attested to the impact of the Sadowski Trust Funds:

    • Jaimie Ross, Facilitator of Sadowski Coalition, and President and CEO for the Florida Housing Coalition 
    • Anitra Highland, SHIP recipient and local law enforcement officer
    • George Romagnoli, Community Development Director for Pasco County Community Development
    • Brewster Bevis, Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs for Associated Industries of Florida
    • Dorene Barker, Associate State Director for AARP of Florida
    • Carrie O’Rourke, Vice President of Public Policy for the Florida Realtors

    Our deepest thanks to everyone who made the Home Matters for Florida 2017 release a success!


    Copyright © 2017 Florida Housing Coalition. All Rights Reserved.

  • 01/16/2017 1:54 PM
    Reply # 4551066 on 3564063
    Schnur (Administrator)
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    In 2016, FHLBank Atlanta and eight local Housing Finance Authorities (HFAs) in the state of Florida formed an innovative partnership that enables FHLBank Atlanta shareholders to become participating lenders for all eight local HFAs through a single master agreement! We’re excited to continue “Housing Floridians” in 2017.

    We’re hosting events in Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville to learn more about the initiative and connect with representatives from the local HFAs. Register below for a luncheon event near you.


    DATE: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
    TIME: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    LOCATION: Maggiano's Little Italy
    203 Westshore Plaza (Westshore Mall), Tampa, FL 33615


    DATE: Wednesday, January 18, 2017
    TIME: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    LOCATION: Maggiano's Little Italy Pointe Orlando
    9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819


    DATE: Thursday, January 19, 2017
    TIME: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    LOCATION: Maggiano's Little Italy
    10367 Midtown Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32246

    This “Housing Floridians” partnership provides up to $3 million in grant financing exclusively to FHLBank Atlanta shareholders and their customers looking to purchase homes in the markets served by the eight local HFAs. The counties include: Hillsborough, Brevard, Clay, Jacksonville, Miami-Dade County, Pinellas, Pasco, and Polk. This year, we anticipate expanding the partnership to include Orange, Lake, Osceola, and Seminole counties, allowing you to reach more borrowers.

    Benefits for participating shareholders include increased mortgage lending opportunities and a competitive advantage to reach new customers. FHLBank Atlanta shareholders have exclusive access to $11,250 to $22,500 per household in grant funding for eligible homebuyers.

    If you are unable to attend the event and would like to receive more information about the partnership, please contact one of the following FHLBank Atlanta team members:

    Rob Boyd
    ShaDonte Butler
    Cassandra Madden



    We hope you can join us to learn more about this innovative partnership.


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  • 01/13/2017 11:10 AM
    Reply # 4546501 on 3564063
    Schnur (Administrator)


    The gap between the rich and poor has been called one of the world’s most widespread and pressing concerns. A key focus of the Federal Reserve, economic mobility was a theme of a recent national research conference, bringing together viewpoints from hundreds of experts across academia, policy and practice. In December 2016, the Fed released a collection of selected works presented at the conference, entitled Economic Mobility: Research and Ideas Strengthening Families, Communities and the Economy, which explores a range of issues and concepts central to understanding how—and how well—people are able to move economically.

    What is the current state of economic mobility across our nation? What challenges remain as we look to the future? And perhaps even more important, what opportunities exist to help shape a better future for those affected by economic inequality?

    Tune in to this free one-hour Connecting Communities® webinar to hear from leading experts within the Federal Reserve and across the field as they engage in a dialogue about recent research and current initiatives that will shape the future. David Buchholz, from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and Ray Boshara, of the St. Louis Fed’s Center for Household Financial Stability, will provide a general introduction to the recently published collection of essays and provide updates on work across the Federal Reserve System.

    Joining the conversation will be Nisha Patel, executive director of the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, as well as Erin Currier, director of financial security and mobility at the Pew Charitable Trusts, who will share their reflections and insight from current initiatives they lead.

    For a preview of possible discussion topics, check out the Economic Mobility publication online.

    Presenters include:

    • Nisha Patel, Executive Director, US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty
    • Erin Currier, Director of Financial Security and Mobility, The Pew Charitable Trusts
    • David Buchholz, Deputy Associate Director of Consumer & Community Affairs, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
    • Ray Boshara, Director, Center for Household Financial Stability, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

    Register for this session at the Connecting Communities® website. Participation is free, but preregistration is required.

    Session Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017
    Session Times: Hawaii: 9:00 a.m.; Alaska: 11:00 a.m.; Pacific: 12:00 p.m.; Mountain: 1:00 p.m.; Central: 2:00 p.m.; Eastern: 3:00 p.m.

    The Connecting Communities© webinar series is a Federal Reserve System initiative intended to provide a national audience with timely information on emerging and important community and economic development topics. The webinar series complements existing Federal Reserve community development outreach initiatives that are conducted through Reserve Bank regional offices and at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C. All past sessions are in the Connecting Communities archive. For more information about this series, send us an e-mail at communities@stls.frb.org

  • 12/06/2016 8:21 PM
    Reply # 4443579 on 3564063
    Schnur (Administrator)


    Delivering Effective Housing Counseling
    December 15 at 10am

    The Florida Housing Finance Corporation recently announced that additional funding of up to $3 million is available to SHIP jurisdictions for housing counseling (primarily pre-purchase counseling).  Each SHIP jurisdiction that is interested must request a disbursement by submitting a funding certification no later than December 31, 2016

    Join us for a webinar on December 15 from 10am to 11:30am to examine how SHIP jurisdictions can effectively use this funding.  


    Topics to be covered include:

    • Completing the certification by December 31
    • Forming a plan and creating a timeline for using funds. 
    • Options for Spending $10,000 (or more) on Counseling
    • Addressing Frequently Asked Questions
    • Distinguishing between counseling to support a strategy and stand-alone counseling
    • Pitfalls to avoid in spending and reporting Housing Counseling funds
    • Collecting outcomes data for counseling activities

    For more information, contact the Florida Housing Coalition at info@flhousing.org or 850-878-4219.


    Copyright © 2016 Florida Housing Coalition. All Rights Reserved.

  • 11/01/2016 9:51 PM
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  • 09/17/2016 4:37 AM
    Reply # 4254278 on 3564063
    Schnur (Administrator)

    Interagency Affordable Multifamily Housing Forum


    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta are hosting a community development forum in Tampa, Florida on September 30, 2016.  The forum will provide bankers, community organizations and government officials a platform to discuss affordable multifamily housing challenges and partnership opportunities. 



    Friday, September 30, 2016

    8:00 am – 3:30 pm



    Metropolitan Ministries

    2002 N. Florida Avenue

    Tampa, FL 33602

    Free Parking



    The forum will discuss the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s recent study on the decline of affordable rental housing units in the Southeast.  The forum will also include updates on State and local resources for multifamily housing development; and presentations from community organizations that specialize in affordable multifamily housing, including community development financial institutions, community development corporations and Neighborworks organizations.



    This event is free, but space is limited. Please register by clicking here.  


    Complimentary continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

  • 08/15/2016 7:28 PM
    Reply # 4192983 on 3564063
    Schnur (Administrator)



    August 30 - 8:30am- 5pm



    Register today for the Proficiency in Income Qualification workshop scheduled for August 30 in Orlando. This is an intensive workshop on the details of income compliance designed specifically for those who process applications for SHIP assistance and the people who supervise them. One of the trainings most requested by SHIP staff, this course introduces numerous critical eligibility activities, including income verification, determining household size, and calculation of annual income.  The training covers applicant intake, income and asset verification, and file documentation.  Hands on exercises will challenge participants to apply qualification methods to case studies and to reflect on how lessons learned may be applied to each participant’s daily SHIP work. 


    Who Should Attend:

    • New and experienced SHIP staff from local government and nonprofit organizations
    • Local lenders or other service providers who are involved with the income eligibility process 

    Key Topics:

    • Newer methods of income verification
    • Certifying income
    • Issuing the award letter
    • Tracking and reporting program accomplishments


    Copyright © 2016 Florida Housing Coalition. All Rights Reserved.

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