ABOUT THE INITIATIVE
The growing housing shortage in the Central Florida region and its effects on the housing need prompted Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs to gather partners from Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties and the City of Orlando to explore the merits of a broadly established affordable housing strategy. Together, these jurisdictions launched the Regional Affordable Housing Initiative to study and implement potential solutions suited to the particular housing circumstances of Central Florida and its growing population.
To start the conversation with the community at large, Mayor Jacobs hosted the Regional Affordable Housing Summit on October 20, 2016. Planners, housing experts, developers, local government officials and community leaders representing the region gathered to discuss strategies, tools and best practices being implemented throughout Florida and across the country.
Following the summit, a series of public workshops
were held in the subsequent months to further explore mechanisms of increasing production and availability of affordable housing in the region.
- Workshop #1: Identifying Areas for Affordable Housing in Central Florida
- Workshop #2: Affordable Housing Design and Product Types
- Workshop #3: Regulatory and Financial Strategies for Increasing Affordable Housing Supply
Executive Summary Report
Drawing on internal resources, consultants, housing industry representatives and observations from the community, regional partners in Central Florida identified strong interest in new housing forms, improved housing diversity and enhanced local area resources targeted at affordable housing. There is broad agreement among the partners that a single solution targeted to a specific issue or population is no longer a sufficient strategy to advance an affordable housing agenda and many approaches must be considered. The partnership’s shared mission, goals and strategies for addressing the affordable housing need in the region are highlighted in the Regional Affordable Housing Executive Summary Report.
*Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs served on the Board of County Commissioners from Jan. 2011 through Nov. 2018. Jacobs previously served as Orange County District One Commissioner from 2000 to 2008.