Happy New Year!
We wish you and your families a happy, healthy, prosperous and peaceful 2023!
The new year celebration is a season of new beginnings. It is a time to reflect on the events of the past year for which we are most thankful, including our friends and family. It is also a time to try new things and make new memories. Search for your dream job, learn a new skill, take a class or get involved with new activities in your community.
The management and board of directors are very committed to your safety and well-being, effective January 2023 we have incorporated best practices in the policies and procedures to achieve this objective.
The lease that you signed to become a resident requires that all persons living in each apartment need to be listed and included in the lease. This is for the benefit of all residents in the community as well as the property owner.
Statistics prove that violence drops by as much as 40% in neighborhoods where residents know and watch out for one another. We encourage you to get to know your neighbors and to report unusual occurrences in the community. Each resident is responsible for adhering to the terms of their lease and is subject to eviction for not doing so.
Creating a Healthy Living Environment
Beginning January 2023, Acclaim management and the FLCDC Board will conduct monthly inspections of all the units to ensure the health and safety of each resident. Management will have a check list to ensure that inspections are complete. You will be given 7 days to correct any violations.
FLCDC Goes Smoke Free
Beginning January 2024, FLCDC properties will become smoke-free. Smoking is the source of many chronic illnesses that plague our communities, including lung cancer, asthma and heart conditions to name a few. The home is the main place many children and adults breathe in secondhand smoke, it also travels from unit to unit affecting your neighbors. For more information about smoke free living, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco.
Broward College at L.A. LEE YMCA/ MIZELL CENTER
Broward UP (Unlimited Potential) has expanded Broward College’s service model to ensure all Broward County residents have access to education after high school. Broward College is offering FREE workforce training and support services online and directly in the neighborhood at the Y. By partnering with Broward College the L.A. Lee Y’s goal is to help you get the training needed to find a good job, make more money, and get the skills needed to thrive in the workforce.
Broward College is located on the 4th floor at 1409 NW 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. Please stop by to explore their course and workshop options; or visit the website https://www.broward.edu/browardup.
Are you interested in homeownership?
The FLCDC is developing a new 2,005 square foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom single family home on a vacant lot located at 517 NW 13 Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, between NW 6th Street and NW 5th Street.
This home is being developed in partnership with the City of Fort Lauderdale with HOME Funds. The purchase price is $332,000 and the homebuyer’s income cannot exceed 80% of the Area Median Income.
The City of Fort Lauderdale Purchase Assistance Program may be available to first-time home buyers, that have successfully completed a certified First Time Home Buyers Program and meet all other requirements.
If you are interested and have questions, please contact the FLCDC office at 954-764-8500
The new L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center now open!
Located in the Historic Sistrunk community, the new L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center will impact more than 18,000 people per year and include a preservation of the history of the community and previous L.A. Lee YMCA.
The building will be 65,000 square feet, and of that, YMCA traditional programs will be run in about 25,000 square feet. The rest will be Broward College, retail space, community meeting space, and other features available to the community.
Traditional Y program offerings – exercise and wellness options, youth programs and activities, family Health & wellness programs – diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention.
Meeting Space - that supports events from community – family reunions, group meetings, HOAs, a place to gather
Retail Space - drive economic development in the corridor and give business owners affordable space to grow business
Preschool - to serve the community and continue the legacy of Mrs. Irma Wesley
Shared Work Space - Heard many businesses looking for space to set up until the can get on their feet
Black Box Theater - opportunity to bring cultural arts to the community and offer programming that the community wants to see
Swimming Pool - #1 Priority: teach kids to swim, provide low-impact exercise options
How To Stretch Your Food Budget
If you track your spending, you probably know how easily your food bill can get out of hand. It’s the budget category easiest to adjust when the budget needs to be balanced.
1. Cut out snacks - Avoid buying “snacky” food. It can be draining to the budget. Having 3 square meals a day is enough for most families and if someone gets a little hungry between meals, there’s usually some leftovers to munch on.
2. Always save leftovers - Even if it’s just one serving, it’s worth it. Store leftovers in a glass container, to easily microwave for quick prep.
3. Check out the clearance section - Walmart has a day-old bread shelf with the items considerably reduced.
4. Know how to store produce - Make your fresh produce last longer, so you don’t end up throwing out black bananas and squishy tomatoes. Find out how to extend the shelf life of your fruits and veggies and get the most of your grocery dollars.
COVID-19 Be safe! WALK-UP TESTING | FORT LAUDERDALE
The walk-up site listed below is available.
Lincoln Park - 600 N.W. 19TH Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL
Call (954) 412-7300 to schedule an appointment.
Open Tues. - Sat. | 9 AM -6 PM
Appointments preferred. No doctor referral needed. Open to anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Cleaning really can have benefits that go beyond just having a clean home. Spring cleaning can be an act of self care instead of a chore, especially when you realize just how many health benefits it has to offer. Here’s how a little cleanliness and organization can work double time for you.
1. Cleaning supports a strong immune system. If you’re someone who suffers from seasonal allergies , it may not only be pollen that is responsible for those sneezing fits. Dust, mildew, mold, pet dander and even bugs can be big immune system triggers for people prone to allergies , and cluttered homes tend to gather a lot of these pollutants during the winter months. Many scientists and environmental experts claim that the pollution inside your home can often be worse than outdoor air pollution. The best way to reduce the build up of these immune system disruptors in your home is to regularly vacuum your carpets, furniture and upholstery and clean out potentially damp areas such as bathrooms, basements and garages regularly.
2. Cleaning reduces stress. The physical act of cleaning may turn your brain off for a bit to allow you to relax your mind, some experts say. So while cleaning may seem like a repetitive, mindless task, that may actually be just what your brain needs to de-stress. Not to mention, eliminating external clutter may help you free yourself from internal mental clutter. Studies have also shown that doing housework for as little as 20 minutes can reduce your stress and anxiety by up to 20 percent . To help you de-stress faster, try cleaning products with calming scents like lavender or eucalyptus.
3. A clean space helps increase your productivity. The nature of clutter in your direct environment has significant effects on your ability to focus. When you are less distracted by the chaos that surrounds you or the extra things piled up in your home, you actually free up mental space that allows you to concentrate on any given task more fully. A study in 2011 from The Journal of Neuroscience confirmed this using MRI’s to track the brain’s response to cleanliness and found that more clutter significantly limits the brain’s processing capacity. Therefore, decreasing the clutter can decrease distractions and increase your overall productivity make for a much shorter to-do list.
Visit DOH-Broward for free COVID-19 tests and vax. No appt. Call 954-412-7300 for in-home appt. for homebound. Read more
The test sites listed below are FREE and do not require an appointment (except for the site at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport).
Select a location near you, or:
• A number of retail pharmacies, including CVS and Walgreen's, offer COVID-19 testing, as well as private health companies, urgent care centers and community health centers. A comprehensive listing of these sites can be found on the Florida Department of Health website. There may be a fee associated with test collections at some of these locations.
• If you are homebound and cannot leave your home to access one of the public test collection sites, please call DOH-Broward at 954-412-7300 to make an appointment for an in-home test.
• Diagnostic Testing available at Mills Pond Park located at 2201 NW 9 th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. Hours Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Phone: Dial 311 or (954) 412-7300 Website: www.broward.org
There are mortgages and assistance options that can help you become a homeowner, even with a low income If you have a stable job but are earning less than you’d like, you might be concerned that this can impede your ability to purchase a home. The good news: There are mortgages and assistance options that can help you become a homeowner, even with a low income.
Can I buy a house with a low income?
The short answer: Yes, you can buy a house with a low income, thanks to mortgage programs designed for lower-to moderate-income borrowers.
“Having a low income can increase your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio. This limits some of the loan program options you may be eligible for, but it does not mean you absolutely cannot buy a home,” explains Balenda Hetzel, regional production manager with Inlanta Mortgage, which is headquartered in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.
Low-income mortgages and assistance
Fannie Mae’s HomeReady mortgage program addresses one of the challenges of buying a home with a low income by requiring just 3 percent as a down payment. With this loan, your down payment and/or closing cost funds can come from other sources beyond savings, including grants and gifts, and you don’t need to contribute any of the money personally.
To qualify, your income can’t exceed 80 percent of the area median income (AMI) for the location where you’re buying a home. (You can look up local limits using Fannie Mae’s tool.)
While you can put down as little as 3 percent with a HomeReady mortgage, you’ll be obligated to pay for mortgage insurance. However, those insurance premiums can be canceled once you attain 20 percent equity in your home. You’ll pay the mortgage insurance with your monthly mortgage payment, so it’ll add to that cost, but it’s easy to get out of once you hit that 20 percent. In addition, you can add a co-borrower to a HomeReady mortgage, even if that person isn’t planning on living in the home. “Unlike other home loans, all borrowers do not have to reside in the property,” says Roselina D’Annucci, a New York-based real estate attorney with the Law Offices of Serrano and Associates, P.C. “For example, parents who won’t be living in the home can be co-borrowers on the loan to help their children qualify for a mortgage. ”With a HomeReady mortgage, your mortgage lender can also consider your rent payment history in order to help qualify you for the loan," D’Annucci adds.
By Erick J. Martin with Bankrate
The FLCDC Back To School Backpack Give-a-way!
The FLCDC in partnership with Acclaim Management provided well-stocked back packs to our families with school aged children.
Acclaim Management, FLCDC Board Members and Staff shopped, assembled and distributed the backpacks for students created from each individual “wish list” of school supplies. All backpacks were gifted with hand sanitizers and wipes to help keep students safe.
We wish each student a wonderful and successful 2021-2022 school year!