Seven on Seventh

Seven on Seventh

Florida Supportive Housing Coalition featured Broward Partnership and Seven on Seventh in their 2023 Winter Newsletter, click the link below to read the full article.

FSHC 2023 Winter Newsletter article

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Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Ceremony for Seven on Seventh

On Thursday, September 14th, Broward Partnership and Green Mills Group hosted a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Ceremony for Seven on Seventh, an affordable residential rental community in downtown Fort Lauderdale, situated adjacent to Broward Partnership’s Central Homeless Assistance Center. In collaboration with lead development partner Green Mills Group, Seven on Seventh was meticulously designed and built to facilitate the housing needs of individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness in Broward County, while also providing housing opportunities for other income-eligible households.

During the grand opening celebration, attendees had the opportunity to tour the newly completed residential building, which features 72 residences encompassing studios to two-bedroom apartments. The facility provides readily accessible common areas, including a fitness center, interactive library, training/conference room, offices for case management, and a Workforce Development and Training Hub.

Dodie Keith-Lazowick, Broward Partnership Board Member, and Mitch Rosenstein, Co-Founder and Principal of Green Mills Group, delivered welcoming remarks expressing gratitude to those who played a pivotal role in transforming the vision of Seven on Seventh into reality. Among the guest speakers were State Representative Chip LaMarca, Broward County Mayor, Lamar Fisher, City of Fort Lauderdale Commissioner, Steven Glassman and Broward County Vice Mayor Senator Nan Rich.

State Representative Chip LaMarca, with bipartisan support from long time affordable housing advocate, State Senator Rosalind Osgood, facilitated Florida State Legislature appropriation funding to outfit the Workforce Development and Training Hub that will provide residents with services such as computer and technology training, and a host of vocational courses in collaboration with community partners. Representative LaMarca presented the Broward Partnership with a check for $250,000 at the ceremony.

The event concluded with a ribbon-cutting that included Mitch Rosenstein and Oscar Sol, Co-Founders and Principals of Green Mills Group, Dodie Keith-Lazowick and fellow members of the Broward Partnership Board, Frances M. Esposito, CEO of Broward Partnership, along with distinguished Broward County, City of Fort Lauderdale, and State of Florida community leaders.

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Housing affordability is a serious socioeconomic concern for the South Florida community that shows no sign of waning. According to the United Way’s 2020 ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Report, nearly half of Broward County households – approximately 347,490 in total – struggle to afford basic necessities, particularly housing, due to underemployment and low income. Many of these households live paycheck to paycheck, placing them on the brink of instability that can lead to poverty and homelessness.

With the $25 million low income tax credit subsidy awarded to the Partnership in March 2019 from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, support from The Jim Moran Foundation, Broward County, and other donors, the Partnership and its development partner, Green Mills Group, began the construction of Seven on Seventh in summer 2021. Seven on Seventh is a mixed use affordable residential apartment community development in downtown Fort Lauderdale specifically designed for low-income and formerly homeless individuals and families. The building has 72 residential units, ranging from studios to two-bedroom apartments, readily available common space, amenities that include a fitness center, interactive library, ground floor commercial space, case management and workforce program offices where a diverse community of residents will reside and thrive.

Seven on Seventh