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HOUSING INITIATIVES

The Housing Roundtable, in conjunction with the Orlando Regional Realtor Foundation, will be pursuing initiatives throughout the year as defined and approved by the members. Initiatives can include, but are not limited to 1) hosting regular policy events; 2) educating legislators and elected officials on housing policy; 3) creating networking opportunities; 4) strengthening partnerships; 5) building coalitions; 6) seek to reduce regulatory barriers to affordable housing, and 7) perform selected research/data analysis on topics deemed important by the membership. 

 
Initiative #1: Discovery/Listening Sessions
The Nonprofit Housing Roundtable, with support of the Orlando Regional Realtor Foundation, completed four discovery/listening sessions in 2017. The sessions accounted for over twelve hours of input/feedback and involved over 75 stakeholders from the community. These sessions included representatives from the development, banking, government, and individual homeowners/renters. The goal was to seek input/insight with respect to identifying challenges in the provision of housing, commence the process of identifying both gaps and opportunities within the region, and determine how the Housing Roundtable and the Orlando Regional Realtor Foundation can help. A summary report is attached. Final Report - Initiative #1
 
Initiative #2: Grant awarded by Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo recently awarded a $10,000 grant to the Orlando Regional Realtor® Foundation (ORRF). Grant funds will be used to create a Review Council in order to explore ways to improve the single family building permit review process. Initial efforts will be centered on Orange, Seminole and Osceola County, as well as the City of Orlando. One of the initial ideas set forth to be explored will be the establishment of an external Building Plan and Permit Review Council. This independent party will be used to help review program changes identified by the Review Council. Four potential areas of concentration for such a Review Council could be as follows:

  • Area One– Regulation Stress Test: As municipalities consider changes in regulations which impact the development of single family housing, the Review Council will make themselves available to analyze these changes and make suggestions of changes.

  • Area Two – Plan Review Assistance: Developers and/or architects will have the option of meeting with the Review Council prior to their building permit meeting with the municipality. The goal will be to review the plans and submission packet for such items as missing documents, incorrect plans etc. and advise the applicant of suggested changes.

  • Area Three – Permit Process Evaluation: The Review Council will seek to monitor the permit process and suggest changes that will improve the process. Suggested changes could involve both the municipal plan review process, as well as documentation submitted by applicants.

  • Area Four – Financing Review: The Review Council will make recommendations of potential funding which they deem applicable to the development proposed. To address this area of concentration, the Review Council will call on such entities as the Central Florida Community Foundation, Community Loan Fund and/or local government. Developers utilizing this process will have elevated chances of securing funding.
 
Initiative #3: Nonprofit Housing Roundtable Continues to Grow
With support from the Orlando Regional Realtor® Foundation (ORRF), the number of members and subscribers has significantly grown in 2019 and early 2020. During this period, membership has grown from 10 to 23 and the number of subscribers has increased from 85 to 160. In addition, the Roundtable has hosted a number of events have been hosted to encourage dialogue and action in the area of affordable housing which featured speakers from Florida Housing Coalition, Florida Housing Finance Corporation, FDIC, Office of Comptroller and the Currency, Orange County, GAI consultants, college professors and state legislators.  
 

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