Affordable Workforce Housing for the FLorida Keys

THE PROBLEM

Hurricane Irma magnified the affordable workforce housing problem Monroe County turning a shortage into a crisis.

THE SOLUTION

Through private funding, create new, safe, and affordable rental units for members of the Florida Key's civic and service sectors.

THE PLAN

Execute the vision with a team of national housing experts; fundraise and seek public/private partnerships to expand the vision.

Apply for New Rental Units

Florida Keys Community Land Trust, Seahorse Cottages Big Pine Key and The Avenues at Big Pine Key continue to accept applications for thirty-one (31) newly constructed rental homes on Big Pine Key, FL. Completion of the rental homes is delayed until February 2023, so FKCLT staff will begin reviewing submitted applications and requesting additional documents from applicants around December 1, 2022.

The initial Application Period opened Monday, October 3rd, 2022, and ended at 5:00 PM on Thursday, October 20th, 2022.  Each application received in that period was considered received on a concurrent date with a lottery number assigned to establish the order of the initial Waiting List. (Click here to see assigned lottery numbers for those applications.) Placement on the Waiting List is not indicative of selection or the offer of a rental unit.

Interested persons may still apply for the units.  Each application received after 5:00 PM, October 20th, 2022, shall be placed on a Prospective Tenant List in the sequential order received.  These applications received after the initial Application Period described above, shall be reviewed in rank order after the waitlist established by Lottery Number.

The second Application Period will close on or around November 30th, 2022, and will not reopen until the number of households on the Waiting List falls below 10 pending applicants.  Reopening of the application period will be announced on the affordablekeys.org website.

Read the revised Eligibility Requirements and download the Application using the links below to learn more about the application process. Completed applications can be scanned and emailed to [email protected] or mailed or hand-delivered to the addresses listed in the FAQ document.
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Background

On September 10, 2017, Hurricane Irma tore through the Lower Keys, the heart of working-class housing in the Florida Keys. Thousands of homes were gone with the wind. For decades, even prior to Hurricane Irma, there was a scarcity of affordable housing in The Keys due very simply to limited supply and high demand. That situation was intensified by the storm.
 
  • Over 7% of the housing stock was destroyed.
  • More than 1,800 homes destroyed with nearly 3,000 sustaining major damage.
  • Existing rental homes will have to be re-built, but at much higher costs, hurling already unsustainable rents upward.

The hardest hit areas were those in the very neighborhoods where service and hourly workers could afford to live. The majority of those displaced are teachers, police officers, servers, cashiers, firefighters, ambulance drivers, hourly workers and the like – the very people who make the Keys what it is. They have lost their friends, their jobs, their homes and their dreams. Some have found alternative housing arrangements by doubling up with others, or in hotels or with FEMA assistance, but the costs of rebuilding are so astronomical, many are doing what they can just to hold on until the end of the season and then, if necessary, relocate.

In Monroe County, where the Florida Keys Community Land Trust will begin its work, only 1,970 more building permits are available between 2018 and 2023 approximately 700 will be designated for affordable housing and the remaining 1,270 will be market rate.
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View Presentation on Affordable Workforce Housing for the Florida Keys. 
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. FDACS's toll-free number is 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) and the website to obtain registration information is: https://csapp.800helpfla.com/CSPublicApp/CheckACharity/CheckACharity.aspx

Fair Housing Statement

Florida Keys Community Land Trust is committed to compliance with all federal, state, and local fair housing laws. They will not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, disability, or any other specific classes protected by applicable laws. They will allow any reasonable accommodation or reasonable modification based upon a disability-related need. The person requesting any reasonable modification may be responsible for the related expenses.