Implement housing solutions that effectively support the needs of the whole community and contribute to its sustainability and resilience.
Branch Lead: Michael Johnson
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60 Acre Home Site
There is a 60 Acre plot of land on Hwy 231 in North Bay County that is for sale. This property was once owned by a developer and already has partial infrastructure installed. This would be a good place to purchase and develop an affordable community using one of the building techniques captured already (ie. container homes or 3D printed homes).
Floating Hotels, Riverboats and Cruise Ships for Temporary Housing
Floating hotels, cabin riverboats, and cruise ships (smaller sizes) can be brought into the Panama City for temporary housing.
4. First, create policies that REQUIRE affordable housing to be included integrally in all major new developments over a threshold of the # units called for by affordable housing advocates. Distribute affordable housing across the county.Second, investigate feasibility of innovative approaches like creating a Tiny House community (there is one in Tallahassee).
Third, investigate mechanisms by which renders of AH can build wealth-rent to own, etc.
Fourth, set up an empowered Task Force to stick with this issue to investigate and implement most viable options.
Shipping Container Housing
Shipping container housing would be a great, quick, and affordable housing solution to a HUGE problem in our area. The options are limitless and can be made on all ends of the affordability scale. This is already being done all throughout international areas and is picking up momentum in the US. Best options include: -Multifamily …
Increase base level of building codes
Strengthen regulations to mandate additional storm mitigation accessories on residential structures. Homes built to increased storm protection standards will have fewer recovery costs.
Purchase and demolish properties in the floodplain. This will increase greenspace and reduce recovery costs from damaged structures.
Public Awareness of Flood Insurance
Project to increase public awareness of the benefits of flood insurance though public education.
Affordable Housing Development Lending Fund
The majority of affordable housing projects never start because an organization whose focus is affordable housing development often do not have early funding to finance land purchase and/or soft costs. Subsiding just some of the potential lost could get financial institutions and/or national non-profits to invest in a fund which could speed up and increase …
Education on Resiliency & Push for Neighbor Envy of Resilience
FEMA estimates for every dollar spent on resiliency over the life of the property will save $7. Today we see strong neighbor envy over such items as granite counter tops & high end appliances yet items such as hurricane roof straps or storm windows are only a focus or desired items immediately after a disaster.
Transitional Housing Facility prioritizing veterans
Non profit veterans housing community and center for community care. Examples of successful developments can be found all over the US. Here is one from Tallahassee. http://www.floridahousing.org/FH-ImageWebDocs/AboutUs/BoardOfDirectors/BoardPackages/Exhibits/2015/01-January30/Consent/MFP_Ex_A.pdf Catalyst Church disaster recovery coalition is ready and willing to take the lead in development and long term management of this initiative. How will this project impact the …
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Community Land Trust
Establish a Community Land Trust (CLT) that will own land on which homes for homeownership can be built and then allowing long term leasehold of the land reducing cost of homeownership. Bay County could subsidize the creation of the CLT and then restrict home sales & leases based on individual AMI restrictions both on initial …
3D printed concrete homes
Demo home using 3D printing technology to provide affordable, hurricane proof homes that the average income wage earner can afford. These homes are printed from materials such as cement, sand, and plasticizers and cost a fraction of the price as traditional building materials, as well as taking less time to build.
Relocate Rescue Mission
Bay County has a need for homeless services and the Rescue Mission does a good job of that mission. A homeless population in the downtown area is inconsistent with redevelopment objectives. The right way to fix both needs is to provide a suitable/desirable option that allows the Rescue Mission to continue their mission at a …
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