Letters to the Editor

Help solve Miami’s housing challenges

A series of recent studies billed Miami as one of the least affordable cities in the nation. But we need not throw our hands in the air and wait for someone else to save us. This is our city, and we all play a role in solving our most pressing issues.

Starting on Monday, Nov. 13, we invite everyone in the region to join a massive community brainstorm to generate 100 great ideas to improve housing affordability in our region. There are innovative practices being implemented nationally, globally, and even locally, that are worth exploring, expanding, and investing in. The discussion will be live, on social media, in the “100 Great Ideas” Facebook group so that people can engage on their own schedules.

Community brainstorms are solution-oriented, generative, and collaborative. After the five-day campaign, top ideas and trends will be synthesized in a report to be shared widely. Many elected and community leaders, including County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, County Commissioners Daniella Levine Cava and Xavier Suarez, Miami Commissioner Ken Russell, and Miami Chief Resilience Officer Jane Gilbert, have committed to tuning in to the dialogue and reviewing the final report.

Last week, Miami voters passed a $400 million bond, with $100 million allocated for affordable housing. The city has not yet decided where that funding will go — and the community can guide the direction of that funding by elevating solutions to our housing affordability challenges during the 100 Great Ideas campaign.

We’re thrilled to be launching this discussion in partnership with many community partners. Whether you have five minutes or five hours, all of us play a role in shaping the future of our region, and this time, and we want to include your voice.

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, CEO and founder, Radical Partners, Miami

Maria Escorcia, vice president, global philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co,