1000 Friends of Florida

Affordable Housing

Photo courtesy of Sage Partners. The exterior courtyard entry for Metro 510 in Tampa.

Believing that housing that is affordable – as well as close to workplaces, schools, and shopping – is a key element of a sustainable community, 1000 Friends was instrumental in establishing the Sadowski Act Coalition.  This coalition secured passage of the William E. Sadowski Affordable Housing Act of 1992, creating one of the nation’s largest dedicated funding source for affordable housing.

1000 Friends supports public policy and the use of workable community planning measures that prevent NIMBYism and support inclusionary housing and community land trusts in Florida.

General information:

What is affordable housing? (2011) – A brief overview of affordable housing in Florida.

Looking for affordable housing? – This includes links to agencies and organizations that can help individuals searching for affordable housing in Florida.

Linkage fees and inclusionary zoning (2012) – Smart growth can fall seriously short of its goals if it fails to include affordable housing. Linkage fees and inclusionary housing ordinances are two land use tools that can be used to promote affordable housing.

Creating Inclusive Communities in Florida – This guidebook for local elected officials and staff focuses on avoiding and overcoming the Not In My Backyard Syndrome.


Sadowski Housing Coalition – A nonpartisan collection of 24 diverse statewide organizations, this coalition initially came together in 1991 to obtain a dedicated revenue source for Florida’s affordable housing programs, now known as the Sadowski Act.  Each year, the coalition urges the Florida Legislature to use Florida’s housing trust fund monies solely for housing.

Economic impact analysis:  Using bank settlement funds for Florida’s housing programs (2012) – Because of a mortgage-related fraud lawsuit, $250 million of the settlement dollars will be allocated to Florida’s SHIP and SAIL programs.


Photo courtesy of Sage Partners. Metro 510 “Chill Room” in Tampa.

New Urbanism need not compromise its principles (2012) – New Urbanism must be coupled with an inclusionary housing requirement or it will not serve very low income populations.

Sustainable development that delivers on the promise of affordable housing (2010) – The federal Sustainable Communities Initiative is a marriage among housing, transportation and the environment.

Smart growth and affordable housing: at odds? That depends (2010) – Smart growth does not undermine affordable housing provided the land use policies used to promote smart growth include tools to ensure that smart growth development includes affordable housing and that redevelopment does not displace existing affordable housing.

The advent of form-based codes (2009) – As communities adopt form-based codes it is important to include provisions to promote mixed income communities.

Growth management and affordable housing (2009) – Linkages between growth management and affordable housing in Florida.

Sustainable development more important now than ever (2008) – With the financial crisis, cost efficient sustainable development is an important tool.

Brownfield development:  An opportunity for affordable housing (2008) – The Brownfields Redevelopment Program empowers communities, local governments and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, clean up and reuse brownfields.

Accessory dwelling units: a smart growth tool for affordable housing – How accessory dwelling units can be used to promote smart growth. 2006.

Balanced residential communities: including affordable housing in smart growth and New Urbanist development – Strategies to promote affordable housing in new development. 2004.

Photo courtesy of Sage Partners. Metro 510 in Tampa.

The link between growth management and housing affordability: The academic evidence (2002) – This report prepared for The Brookings Institute addresses the impacts of growth management on affordable housing.

Smart growth and affordable housing in Florida (2001) – This provides a comprehensive overview of Florida’s affordable housing program.

Expedited permitting (1999) – Developers and builders of affordable housing know that time is money. Not as well known is that expedited permitting is required for all affordable housing land use decisions in every entitlement city and Florida county. 1999.

Energy conservation and affordable housing (1998) – Energy conservation is one of the many areas where good planning for the environment and good planning for affordable housing overlap.

Relationship between affordable housing and growth management – Florida is a recognized leader in planning for affordable housing, and has made affordable housing an integral component of its growth management legislation. 1997.

Florida Community Land Trust Institute:

The Florida Community Land Trust Institute – This partnership between 1000 Friends of Florida and the Florida Housing Coalition provides assistance with establishing community land trusts.

NIMBYism (the “Not In My Back Yard” syndrome):

NIMBYism:  Overcoming community opposition to affordable housing (2012) – Find a brief overview of steps to address NIMBYism.

Creating Inclusive Communities in Florida – This guidebook for local elected officials and staff focuses on avoiding and overcoming the Not In My Backyard Syndrome.

Ending Homelessness:

Ending military veteran homelessness by 2015 (2012) – How Florida is working to end military veteran homelessness.


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