For the last few years, the City of North Miami has maintained a Neighborhood Stabilization Program, designed to purchase foreclosed homes and help first-time homebuyers get a place to live. In 2011, Marie Charles-Brutus received some of that NSP money, then used it to buy and refurbish a house on N ... More >>
The City of Miami looks ready to give Jungle Island another chance. The city has prepared an offer for the beleaguered amusement park, which recently admitted it was about to default on a loan, that could extend its lease and give the park more land on Watson Island.But before the park agrees to ... More >>
Mayor Tomas Regalado stands in the lobby of the intercontinental hotel and stares up at an off-white marble sculpture that resembles a skewed donut hole surrounded by folds. "You have to say it's pretty," the mayor says. "But I don't get it."
The Urban League of Greater Miami helped to desegregate public housing in Dade County, supported Miami's Fair Housing Ordinance, and over the past seven decades has spearheaded a number of housing projects in the county. Now, shockingly, U.S. Department of Housing and Urb ... More >>
Alex IzaguirreThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sent affordable housing developers in Miami-Dade County an early Christmas present. This past October 16, HUD secretary Shaun Donovan announced 18 south Florida cities will receive $69 million for community development grants, hom ... More >>
Alex IzaguirreHialeah has long been known for voting shenanigans.First, in 1993, a judge ordered a new election after determining camps for both Mayor Raul Martinez and challenger Nilo Juri had participated in absentee ballot tampering. Twelve years later, federal HUD officials investigated then- ... More >>
This President Obama fellow has sure had a hard time filling his cabinet. After Gov. Richardson withdrew from consideration to be Commerce Secretary, Obama called on Republican Senator Judd Gregg to fill the slot. Turns out the Republican doesn't see eye to eye ideologically with noted Socialist Bar ... More >>
Political math god Nate Silver put together a handy pie chart showing that the career stop for a majority of current U.S. senators is a U.S. House seat. Good news for Kendrick Meek, Connie Mack IV, and the handful of other representatives who might be angling for the seat, but don't expect to see a ... More >>
The federal government decided that the county can be treated like a big boy again, and gave back control of the housing agency. HUD had seized control in 2007. [Herald]Sorry, no split title. The Florida Gators finish #1 on the AP poll after last night's BCS win. By the way, I'm all for Miami hiring ... More >>
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson withdrew from his commerce secretary appointment over the weekend owing to allegations that a company which donated to his presidential run was unfairly awarded a hefty state contract. Damn you, Rod Blagojevich, you've gone and made everyone extrasensitive about pol ... More >>
Not only did Barack Obama pass over Manny Diaz as secretary of HUD, but also he is widely expected to name Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion as head of his newly created Office of Urban Policy, another position Diaz was considered in the running for. But with the nasty habit our most powerful l ... More >>
Welcome to biggest blatant political scandal in years starring Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich. Basically the dude tried to leverage his power to be able to select the successor to Obama's Senate seat for money (note to wingnuts: There's no evidence that the Obama camp is involved in this at al ... More >>
It's been our fear that something huge politic-wise would happen while we were away looking at pretty, little art things, and what do you know it happens on the first day. Sonofa. Senator Mel Martinez has announced that he will not run for re-election in 2010. His Senate seat was generally seen ... More >>
The shortlist for HUD secretary keeps getting longer. Mayor Manny Diaz is still on this list, released to the AP from ominous sources inside the party and transition team: Miami Mayor Manny DiazRep. James Clyburn, D-S.C.Renee Glover, head of Atlanta's housing authorityNicolas Retsinas, director ... More >>
The Florida Legislature is getting worried about the budget. There could be a deficit of as much as $2 billion this fiscal year. [Local10] A Broward High School swim coach is arrested on child pornography charges. Who knew a guy who spends his free time around a bunch of teenagers in speedos would ... More >>
Chuck Todd of MSNBC just broke news that Mayor Manny Diaz is being vetted for the cabinet positions as head of Housing and Urban Development or the Department of Transportation. The role at HUD is the most likely appointment. Riptide first speculatedlast week on Diaz's chances for the HUD positi ... More >>
Meet Camilo Padreda, dynamic businessman, faithful Republican, patron of law enforcement, convicted felon
According to these folks, there's hope for America's most impoverished city
Miami's planners already have a blueprint for eliminating poverty -- now all they need is a little divine intervention
A once-thriving neighborhood is now a ghost town thanks to Miami's multimillion-dollar housing fiasco
A controversial theater troupe finds a new home in Miami
As Miami tries to collect millions in loans gone bad, the deadbeat debtors trot out their excuses
The county must spend most of its current $35.2 million community development grant by October 31
Octavia Anderson and the last days of the James E. Scott Homes
Senior citizens like Jack Giralt are being sent packing by landlords eager to cash in on the Miami Beach housing boom
Welfare reform has dramatically changed public housing in Miami-Dade County. Personal responsibility is the new refrain, and zero tolerance is the law.
From the issue of July 20, 2000
Miami developer Aristides Martinez once seemed an inner-city savior. Today he goes by another name: Slumlord.
Neil McGuffin was supposed to guide the Miami Beach Housing Authority into the new millennium. Instead he exposed an agency in disarray. And he lost his job.
Pay a visit to Overtown's New Jack complex, where drug dealers rule, kids play in sewage, and multimillionaire owner Garth Reeves makes excuses
The plan was to turn inner-city housing into an AIDS refuge. The reality is a shocking waste of money and charity.
Scott Homes residents realize their apartments are dirty, dangerous, and crowded. Yet many want to stay.
Miami's foreign-trade zone is a giant, peach-and-mauve testament to the city's incompetence
Dade's home rehab loan program is more adept at breaking hearts than repairing houses
Superintendent Roger Cuevas and a few dozen of his top administrators received graduate degrees from diploma mills. No wonder Dade's schools are in such great shape.
After decades of living month to month in trailer parks, some South Dade migrant workers have found a permanent address
Scenes from the Scott Homes -- the mamas, the kids, the babies, the fight for dignity, the pall of despair
Miami says the feds are holding up a grant worth millions. The feds say Miami didn't ask for it just right. Miami says up yours. The feds say . . .
Conflict-of-interest allegations force a recount in the divvying-up of federal AIDS funding
The last of the FEMA trailer occupants are now rehoused. The question is: For how long?
Tenants in this Northwest Dade public housing project say they're tired of HUD's head games
The Pottinger case returned to Judge Atkins's courtroom, and both sides came out firing
Don't let a few pesky fedearl regulations spoil your chance to make a killing in real estate
Just keep them out of Coconut Grove
The fight to end homelessness has moved to the boardrooms -- and Donna MacDonald, brash and outspoken, is having trouble finding a way in
Would tenants of the James E. Scott Homes choose Annie Love to represent them? If Love lets them hold an election, perhaps we'll find out.