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CITY RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EFFORTS

North Miami, FL – 6/23/2014

 

 
At the 82nd Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, held in Dallas last week the environment was a focus of recognition. The annual awards program, now in its eighth year, recognizes mayors for innovative programs that increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. North Miami Acting Mayor Philippe Bien-Aime received an Honorable Mention in the Small City category.

The city of North Miami believes that sustainability and housing affordability represent two correlated concepts that are intimately linked.  The city seeks to use public funding to reduce or subsidize the cost of “sustainable living” and make the environmentally conscious lifestyle accessible to low to moderate income families within the City.

In 2011, the City adopted its Green Housing Rehabilitation Guidelines, the first in the State of Florida. The intent of the guidelines is to provide funding for “green” rehabilitation projects to make the aging housing stock in the City more energy efficient, and/or provide funding for the construction of multi-family residential properties for low to moderate income families, (at or below 80 percent of the area median income of $43,000.) The guidelines help to reduce the financial barriers that hinder low income families from achieving sustainable and affordable housing.

North Miami’s Green Housing Rehabilitation Guidelines require that one hundred percent (100%) of Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Ownership Opportunities Program (HOME) funds, as well as Florida’s State Housing Initiatives Program (SHIP) funds, must be used for rehabilitation, redevelopment and construction projects that contribute to the “greening” of the City.  Specifically, the guidelines require that all funds spent in these programs be used in a sustainable manner to promote energy efficiency. 
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