- Faith & Family
Audrey M. Edmonson, Miami-Dade County District 3 Commissioner, has built a reputation as a long-standing advocate for affordable housing. Serving on the commission since December 2005, Edmonson has championed 39 affordable housing developments throughout the district, from Liberty City to Little Haiti, Overtown and Allapattah, by supporting a variety of developers to generate private investment and create and/or renovate more than 3,800 quality affordable apartments for seniors and families.
Having served as chair of the Housing and Community Development Committee, she has advocated for opportunities throughout District 3, supporting necessary zoning changes, helping assure local government letters of support and leading the way for public/private partnerships with developers to build on County-owned land. As a result, District 3 has benefitted from more than $900 million of private investment, which accounts for more private funds spurred by affordable housing development than in any other district in the County. According to studies done by the National Association of Home Builders, this investment in District 3 has resulted in the creation of more than 4,000 jobs in our community.
Edmonson has worked closely with 11 developers in her district to ensure that as many as possible of those opportunities are made available to those within the community. One of these developers, Carlisle Development Group, states they have created more than 1,000 District 3 jobs since 2005, with many more positions made available locally by the other affordable housing developers in the district
Junior Burrows, a Liberty City resident and labor foreman at Brownsville Transit Village, said, “In the past few years, I have gone from one job to the next, all on affordable housing developments in the neighborhood. It’s been great. I’ve been at Brownsville since it broke ground and have seen a bunch of local guys and ladies out here.”
As added benefits, all of these developments are selected for funding based on community-focused amenities and programs, such as easy access to public transit, schools, supermarkets, and medical facilities, swimming pools, exercise rooms, computer access facilities, community meeting areas, playgrounds, covered and secure parking, community space for local non-profits, as well as resident services that promote education, financial literacy, home ownership and health and wellness.
“As I fulfill the leadership promise that I made for District 3, I am forever mindful that a most important and critical need in this community is to provide jobs,” Edmonson said. “It is abundantly clear that with the development of affordable housing that I’m bringing to the district come hundreds of jobs because I have a real deep passion and strong level of commitment to continue providing jobs and housing for a better quality of life.”
Special to The Miami Times