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Miami-Dade's Workforce Housing Program

LEARN ABOUT THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY WORKFORCE HOUSING PROGRAM

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Miami today is one of the most expensive cities in the country.  This is not only because the houses are expensive, but also because the average salary in Miami is not comparable to the average salaries in the rest of the county.  Due to this, Miami has illegal units all over Miami-Dade County.  For years, Miamians have been converting single-family homes into duplexes or triplexes, all illegal housing units.

As the years have gone by, the City of Miami as well as Miami-Dade County government have discussed ad nauseum the production of affordable housing.  Although some money from the federal and state governments have produced some affordable housing, we need many more units that we are building at any one time.  SMASH, a local non-profit corporation, calculates that the need many be in the millions or the billions of affordable and workforce housing units.

Since this is so difficult to fund, the county has come up with an option that does not entail government funding.  In this program called the Miami-Dade Workforce Housing Program, any homeowner or investor can take a single-family home and convert it to a duplex, under certain circumstances.  The program is on a case-by-case basis. 

On this page you can see an example of what one of the Miami-Dade County Workforce Housing Program allows you to do.  You can build a duplex on a single-family lot.  However, only one door can be visible from the street.  The house must look like a single-family house.  There are restrictions on the size of the lot depending whether it is on sewer line or septic tank.  A pre-submittal review must be done.  You can read more below by clicking the red button.

Also, the program is not only for single-family houses.  Developers can take advantage of the program as well.  However, to be able to build any units under this program, an agreement must be signed with the county to keep the units within the cost guidelines of the Workforce Housing Program. 

The City of Miami also commissioned a study to obtain more affordable housing unit, but no action has been taken to do anything with the study.  If you are interested in this, you can read about it here.