Affordable Housing and Community Development Initiative

Miami has the highest rate in the nation of residents who are cost burdened, or paying 30% or more of their income on housing. 

The Office of Civic and Community Engagement is working to address this crisis. In our efforts to leverage the resources of UM for necessary research and programs that address this critical challenge, CCE has continued striving to create community partnerships. These mutually beneficial partnerships include policy experts, not-for-profits, grassroots activists, developers, government agencies, and people in need of housing.

Our partnerships have enabled the identifying of communities’ needs and the development of strategies for solutions, as well as the translation of local activism into effective public policy. Through the AHCD initiative, CCE has hosted public lectures, workshops and symposia on the historical and contemporary context for affordable housing, from both local and national perspectives.

We have drawn from best practices across the country while at the same time recognizing the unique elements that shape housing policy and practice in South Florida. As a result of this initiative, CCE has become a leader in facilitating dialogue and actions regarding local housing and community development issues.

In support of our continuing efforts, and in addition to public programs, CCE has received multiple grants to fund our work related to Affordable Housing and Community Development in Miami. These vital funding sources include the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the Housing Finance Authority of Miami-Dade, JPMorgan Chase, Citi, the Health Foundation of South Florida, and the Miami Foundation. In 2016 alone, CCE received grant funding of nearly $250,000 specifically for our AHCD initiative.