1000 Friends’ overarching goal is to foster sustainable, livable communities throughout Florida.
These communities include places for people to live, learn, work, shop and play that are closer together. They feature neighborhoods that offer a range of housing choices, and provide multiple transportation options.
Among its many benefits, this type of design can enhance residents’ health by offering easy opportunities for walking and biking, and is supportive of the millions of older residents and children who can’t drive and those who don’t have access to cars.
Taxpayers pay less for roads, sewer lines and other infrastructure when homes, shops, schools and offices are located closer together. Well -designed communities also protect farmlands and natural areas vital for wildlife habitat, clean drinking water, fresh air and recreation.
1000 Friends develops Florida-specific approaches to encourage compact and energy-efficient community design. These include alternative means of transportation, quality infill development, and strategies to help Floridians “age in place.”
We promote revitalized downtowns and waterfront communities, walkable neighborhoods and improved disaster planning to preserve historic resources.
Nationally recognized for promoting affordable workforce housing, 1000 Friends focuses on ensuring adequate funding and advocating for inclusionary planning strategies.