Missing Middle Housing Forum



A panel presentation and Q&A will discuss policies, incentives, and project examples to address South Florida’s “missing middle” housing gap

The Missing Middle Housing Forum
November 21, 2019 | 3:00-5:00 pm
MetroLAB | FAU Fort Lauderdale Campus
111 East Las Olas Boulevard, Ground Floor, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Approved for 2.0 AICP CM credits
Thank you to our sponsor the Broward Section of APA Florida.

South Florida’s housing market is one of the most expensive in the US. According to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies’ 2017 Rental Housing Report, the Miami metro area ranked #1 on the list of most rent-burdened areas in the nation. This panel presentation followed by Q&A will discuss policies and plans, tools and incentives, and project examples that create additional market-rate and subsidized housing stock to address the missing middle housing gap.   REGISTER TO ATTEND



Panelists for The Missing Middle Housing Forum on November 21, 2019

Mandy Bartle
Executive Director, South Florida Community Land Trust

Mandy is a visionary with the proven ability to shift community outcomes. She has published over 30 reports identifying strategies for distressed areas, resulting in over $15M in investment to South Florida’s underserved communities. Ten years ago, she organized South Florida’s first regional housing conference, first countywide housing needs assessment, and first coalition of businesses, community groups and government to address affordable housing. The efforts resulted in the formation of South Florida Community Land Trust, in which she has served as the Executive Director since 2010.

Mandy holds a Bachelor’s from Carnegie Mellon University in Architecture and Urban Studies, where she also completed graduate coursework in Public Policy and Management. She has been a leader on local issues, serving on numerous boards and committees, including most recently as Chair of the Fort Lauderdale Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and on the Board of the Community Reinvestment Alliance of South Florida.

Jim Carras
Principal, Carras Community Investment, Inc.
Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

For over twenty-five years, as Principal of Carras Community Investment, Inc., James Carras has concentrated on designing and implementing responses and solutions for community and economic development opportunities. Assignments have ranged from influencing national policy on community investment, affordable housing and community economic development (Fannie Mae’s “White Paper on Affordable Housing Context”) to creating local financing and funding partnerships (e.g. Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation, Delaware Community Investment Corporation) across the country. Mr. Carras is recognized nationally for the creation and expansion of over fifty development financial institutions and community investment initiatives. He has served as the Founding Executive Director of the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders, the Founding President of the Broward Housing Partnership and the South Florida Community Land Trust. Prior to establishing his consulting business, he served as a Community Development Advisor to the Mayor of Boston and was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Urban Reinvestment Advisory Group where he was awarded the John Hay Whitney Fellowship. Mr. Carras has published various articles and publications including ones focusing on New Markets Tax Credits for the American Planners Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Community Reinvestment Act for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, National League of Cities and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and Affordable Housing Loan Consortia for the National Association for Affordable Housing Lenders.

Laura Cantwell
AARP Florida Associate State Director for Advocacy and Outreach

Laura Cantwell is an Associate State Director for Advocacy and Outreach.  She leads AARP Florida’s work on livable community issues and is the sate liaison on AARP’s Network of Age Friendly States and Communities, which currently includes 31 Florida communities and the State of Florida.  Laura serves on several statewide coalitions and committees, such as the Florida Transportation Plan and Strategic Intermodal System Plan Steering Committee.  Previously, she worked as AARP Florida’s lead on health care and consumer policy issues.  Laura holds an M.S. in Aging Studies from Florida State University.  She is a graduate of Leadership Florida’s Connect Class VII.  @L_Cantwell