Miami and the State of Low- and Middle-Income Housing

Research Report

Miami and the State of Low- and Middle-Income Housing

Strategies to Preserve Affordability and Opportunities for the Future

Abstract

Miami and Miami-Dade County have experienced rapid population growth and development in recent years, particularly in the city’s booming downtown. The influx of new residents and development of extensive market-rate and high-end units have led to rising housing costs for many households, particularly for low- and middle-income (LMI) households who make too much for subsidies and too little to pay market prices. Through a data-rich analysis of population and housing market changes in the last 15 years, we identify sharp contrasts between the flourishing Downtown, Wynwood, and Edgewater neighborhoods and those that are in need of more targeted intervention, like Allapattah, Liberty City, and Overtown. Finally, informed by our meetings with stakeholders, we identify both short-term policy interventions like easing parking requirements and expediting permitting processes, and longer-term solutions—including coalition-building for land banking and land trust opportunities, better community engagement, and building the capacity of community-based organizations and local entrepreneurs—that could make a difference for LMI housing affordability in Miami and Miami-Dade County.

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