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Preserving Affordable Housing Along the Brightline in South Florida

The South Florida Housing Link Collaborative is working to develop and preserve affordable housing along South Florida's intercity rail line, in the process of transitioning to the Virgin Trains USA brand, as prices along the route climb.
November 18, 2019, 8am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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JPMorgan Chase’s Partnerships for Raising Opportunity in Neighborhoods awarded a $5 million grant to a coalition of local, state and national nonprofit institutions to preserve and build affordable housing along the Virgin Trains USA high speed rail route in South Florida, report Rene Rodriguez and AlexHarris.

The South Florida Housing Link Collaborative is expected to use that $5 million "to leverage as much as $75 million of external capital from investors, lenders and government sources," according to Rodriguez and Harris.

"The funds will be used to build 150 new affordable rental units and renovate another 150 existing affordable units. The money will also be used to buy vacant or underutilized land along the railway line. Also, 200 improvement loans will be granted to existing homeowners to upgrade their residences for energy efficiency and resiliency."

Hat tip to Jared Brey for sharing the news.

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Published on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in Miami Herald
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