FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Affordable housing, public safety, job creation and an upgrade in transportation became the cornerstones at a Broward County meeting as political leaders hammered out a new ﬁve-year strategic plan to address the county’s most pressing issues for its 1.9 million residents.
Residents expressed they also want to hold the government accountable for more economic and social opportunities and tackle the 911 issue that has left hundreds of emergencies unanswered due to a shortage of call center operators.
County commissioners adopted a $6.9 billion budget for ﬁscal year 2023 to address residents’ top priorities including the affordable housing issue.
Florida has been struggling with the housing crisis and state ofﬁcials provided some relief when Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law $711 million earmarked to boost affordable developments using tax breaks and to increase funding for existing programs, including extending eligibility to ﬁrst responders and military veterans for ﬁrst-time home buyers.
Commissioner Steve Geller said he supports building affordable housing amid transit-oriented development along arterial roadways to give residents easier access to work and help avoid trafﬁc gridlock.
“The demand for affordable housing exceeds supply,” said Steve Geller.