February 16, 2021
Today, City of Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez joined Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise), funders, companion organizations, group members and resilience specialists from across the area at a digital occasion, Achieving Greater Resilience with Keep Safe Miami, to announce the launch of Keep Safe Miami, a brand new program to assist inexpensive housing house owners and operators defend their buildings and residents from local weather change and pure disasters.
Owners and operators of multifamily inexpensive housing in Miami-Dade County can register for this system, which can provide entry to free, easy-to-use instruments and guides for assessing portfolio and property vulnerability to hurricanes and impacts of local weather change, actionable methods and steering to handle points and alternatives to use for capital for crucial enhancements.
In addition, the City of Miami is offering $500,000 in deferred loans to be distributed amongst choose Keep Safe Miami individuals to help with local weather resilient property upgrades recognized by means of this system.
“This project is the quintessential example of our efforts to build a Miami that lasts forever and a Miami that works for everyone,” mentioned City of Miami Mayor Francis X Suarez. “Keep Safe Miami is protecting the apartments and the homes that make up the fabric of our community and its mission aligns perfectly with the Resilient 305 strategy: bolster our City’s resilience while maintaining its vibrancy.”
Suarez added, “In addition, the $500,000 Keep Safe Miami Loan Program will mitigate the devastating effects of climate change and, at the same time, help protect the residents of the City of Miami.”
South Florida is dwelling to roughly 43,000 multifamily inexpensive housing items, many positioned within the Miami space. The impacts of local weather change and extreme-weather circumstances are rising, and quite a few these items are getting older, with out consideration of climate-related dangers. In addition, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metro space added roughly 181,000 new residents to the 100-year floodplain over the interval ending in 2016, essentially the most of any area nationally.
“We have seen firsthand what happens to communities that aren’t prepared when disaster strikes,” mentioned Jacqueline Waggoner, president, Solutions Division, Enterprise Community Partners. “Keep Safe Miami brings together every available resource to make homes more resilient, particularly for low-income communities of color who face the most risk. Cities across the country will benefit from Miami’s example.”
Keep Safe Miami consists of 4 elements:
- Portfolio Protect – analyzes the dangers and identifies essentially the most and least resilient properties in a portfolio.
- Building Protect – evaluates particular wants of properties and identifies resilience methods on the constructing degree by means of website assessments.
- Funding Resources Guide – gives data to inexpensive house owners and portfolio managers about resources accessible to assist implement resilience methods.
- Training – free trainings on catastrophe preparedness in addition to actions residents can take to extend their vitality effectivity and save on prices.
In addition to remarks from Mayor Suarez, Enterprise’s President of Solutions Jacqueline Waggoner, representatives from JPMorgan Chase, the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network and representatives from Miami-Dade County and the town of Miami Beach, the digital occasion additionally included a panel dialogue on prioritizing resiliency and preservation amongst inexpensive housing properties, that includes Alan Dodd and George Mensah of the City of Miami, Laurie Schoeman of Enterprise, Steve Kirk of Rural Neighborhoods and Hattie Willis of Communities United.
“The keys to building resilient communities and keeping families safe are increased access to resources and collaborative programs,” mentioned Maria Escorcia, Vice President of Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase. “JPMorgan Chase is playing a key role in funding sustainable and affordable housing initiatives across South Florida. We’re proud to collaborate and support key initiatives like Keep Safe Miami which will help drive a more inclusive economy.”
“Miami-Dade County is one of the most vulnerable communities in the nation when it comes to climate impacts,” mentioned Meg Jamison, Executive Director, Southeast Sustainability Directors Network. “The steps that Keep Safe Miami is taking to mitigate risk will not only help communities in the Miami area become more resilient and sustainable, but will also serve as a model to scale to other cities and counties throughout the region.”
Keep Safe Miami was developed by Enterprise Community Partners in partnership with the City of Miami, Florida Housing Coalition, South Florida Community Development Coalition, Miami-Dade County, City of Miami Beach, Communities United, and IBTS, and made attainable due to the beneficiant help of JPMorgan Chase, Southeast Sustainability Directors Network, Regions Bank, and City National Bank.
Keep Safe Miami seeks to serve properties offering multi-family inexpensive housing at 80% AMI or under in Miami-Dade County. Owners and operators of properties meeting this standards can go to www.enterprisecommunity.org/KeepSafeMiami to register and start the enrollment course of. In addition, trainings can even be accessible for potential individuals to be taught extra concerning the instruments and resources accessible. Trainings for residents shall be coordinated immediately by means of Communities United.
This press launch was produced by the City of Miami. The views expressed listed here are the writer’s personal.