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Swan song for HFA Director at Florida ALHFA in Saint Augustine, Florida

FLA ALHFA members honor HFA Miami Director for 24 years of service.

Florida ALHFA 2014 conference a “Swan Song” event for HFA Miami Director after 24 years of service.

This year was extra special for Housing Finance Authority of Miami-Dade County (HFA) Board members  and staff at the 2014  Florida Association of Local Housing Finance Authorities (Florida ALHFA) in Saint Augustine, Florida. The conference was a “swan song” event for HFA Director, Patricia Braynon, as she approaches retirement. She has attended this annual event for over 24 years. Ms. Braynon served as a Florida ALHFA Board member, President of the National Association of Local Housing Finance Authorities (NALHFA) from 2007 to 2009 and as a Board member for Florida ALHFA for many years. “It has been like being a part of a family, said Ms. Braynon, I’m feeling a little bit like a “housing empty nester”.

Recognition for years of service from FLA ALHFA.

Recognition for years of service from Florida ALHFA.

Florida ALHFA President, WD Morris of the HFA of Orange County, and Florida ALHFA Board Member Rodney Fischer, Chairman of the Pinellas HFA, congratulate HFA Director, Patricia Braynon, for her many years of hard work and dedication to affordable housing! She received an award in honor of her impending retirement after over 24 years of service in affordable.

Always on the job, Ms. Braynon participated on a panel lauding the benefits of succession planning for organizations like Florida ALHFA member agencies.  She shared her agency’s succession plan which was created in 2012 and implemented in 2013. The panel on succession planning was very popular and well attended at the housing conference in St. Augustine, Fl.

Succession planning panel discussion at housing conference in St. Augustine, FlConference attendees participate in session on succession planning at housing conferencePanelist support the importance of planning for the future.

Selfie time at the Florida ALHFA Conference! Staff and Board members enjoyed the panel discussions and conference events held at the Casa Monica Hotel and local venues like City Walks.

HFA Staff Selfie-time at FLA ALHFA July 2014.

HFA Staff and Board members enjoyed the conference sessions and special events.  For more information on the July 2014 conference or the Florida Association of Local Housing Finance Authorities, go to http://flalhfa.com/

100 new rental units at Hampton Village Apartments: from historic to Grand Opening

Congratulations to Hampton Village Apartments from the Housing Finance Authority of Miami-Dade County – for 100 new apartments in Brownsville!

Housing Finance Authority finances 100 new units.

Hampton Village Apartments grand opening event!

The HFA is proud to be part of an elite group of affordable housing partners in Miami-Dade County responsible for financing and building 100 new apartments in the Brownsville neighborhood of Miami-Dade County!

The partnership of organizations came together to provide financing, land development, property management, and community involvement. And now Hampton Village apartments is a reality. HFA staff worked with Landmark Companies, the developer, on tax-credit financing and others like CarrFour Supportive Housing and Crossroads Inc. who provided tenant support. The Historic Hampton House Community Trust kept the vision of new units alive. HUD’s Miami office, Miami-Dade County and Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) provided Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) financing.


Housing Finance Authority with HUD Director and ADRAC member.

Housing Finance Authority Director, Patricia Braynon, HFA Associate Director, Cheree Gulley with HUD Director, Armando Fana and HFA ADRAC member, Gladys Estrada.

Ms. Braynon, the HFA Director, said “It has been an incredible experience to see new affordable apartments come to life in Brownsville.”

Miami-Dade County Commissioner, Audrey Edmonson, District 3, attended as well.  Overall, it was a great day in Brownsville and at Hampton Village Apartments because 100 new affordable apartments are now available in the community.

Anthia Pennant, Dr. Enid Pinkney and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson

Anthea Pennant, Carrfour, Dr. Enid Pinkney, Hampton House Preservation Project, and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson

Members of the Historic Hampton House Preservation Project like Dr. Enid Pinkney, continue to work on completion of the Historic Hampton House Museum which will be located near the new apartments.

At the grand opening celebration, Hampton Village apartment tenants shared the story of how they became residents. They thanked everyone involved for working together to make their dream of high quality rental living a reality. One resident, Mr. Cooper, told of his former life in a Single Resident Occupancy (SRO) and he thanked his mom for encouraging him. Another resident, Mr. Clifford Johns, spoke for his wife and three children when he said how much they enjoy their new apartment and the amenities at Hampton Village Apartments.

Hampton Village residents enjoy the grand opening event.

Hampton Village residents enjoy the grand opening event.

The 4-story Hampton Village apartments feature a conference room, a well equipped exercise room, a computer center and high quality urban landscaping. For more information about leasing and availability call (305) 635-2126.

The Hampton House Motel served as a haven for African-American leaders, activists and professional athletes including Muhammad Ali, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,  Malcolm X, and Billie Holiday . The Hampton House Motel is currently being restored/preserved and has been designated as a historic site—now called The Historic Hampton House.



HFA celebrates 100 new rental units at Circle Creek Apartments grand opening in Homestead, Florida.

Group picture Circle Creek Opening June 2014Pool area Patio Circle Creek

HFA Director, Patricia Braynon and HFA Associate Director, Cheree Gulley helped Circle Creek apartments celebrate its grand opening one June 23. Ms. Braynon said, “This wonderful event was full of personal acknowledgements, community excitement and an overall feeling of hope.” During the celebration, residents gave personal testimonials, the developer, Francisco Rojo, thanked everyone who helped to make the project successful and he invited the guests to take a tour of the property which is located at 26000 SW 144 Avenue Road, Miami, Florida, 33032.

Balloons Francisco RojoGrand Opening Banner and tent

Circle Creek apartments consists of 100 garden style units in two separate three-story buildings. The design plans scored very well with HFA’s Architectural Design and Review Committee (ADRAC). Some of the property amenities include a swimming pool, picnic area, a tot lot, an exercise room, a computer center and a community clubroom. All units were offered to families with incomes that do not exceed 60% of the area median income. Circle Creek apartments also offers units to special needs tenants and 5% of the units are fully accessible. At the time of the grand opening the property was fully leased up.

C Creek - Final Dusk (Edited)

For more information on Circle Creek apartments, call 305-258-5501. The Landmark Companies website is http://www.landmarkco.net/about.php . The Circle Creek Apartment property manager may be contacted at http://www.royalamerican.com/ 




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