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Duval Park

Posted on: May 9th, 2016 by Tiffany Royall No Comments

First Housing is proud to announce that Duval Park has finished Construction.  Duval Park, located in St. Petersburg, Florida, was developed by Blue Sky Communities and Boley Centers.  The newly finished community is for Veterans and their families.

First Housing performed the Davis-Bacon Compliance Monitoring and conducted monthly employee interviews to ensure the contractors stayed in line with the Federal Regulations attached to this project.    Blue Sky Communities and Core Construction, the GC for this project, were a pleasure to work alongside.

Duval Park recently held their grand opening event with speakers from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation’s Board of Directors, Blue Sky Communities, a Florida State Senator, the Pinellas County Housing Authority, and many more.  The project is fully supported by its community.

Our team of affordable housing experts can provide you with the same level of services for your next project and we can also offer in-depth, hands-on training for you D-I-Y developers and contractors.  To learn more, visit our servicing page https://www.firsthousingfl.com/services/service/ or call us to find out how First Housing can assist you Today!

Duval Park Homes

 

Don’t know why you keep getting turned down for Government jobs?

Posted on: April 15th, 2016 by Tiffany Royall No Comments

Within each state and county, rent limits vary.  Families that cannot afford market value rent are looking for affordable housing.  Annually, HUD issues what is known as an Income Limit chart to determine household eligibility for affordable housing.  But do you know what other program uses this information?  Section 3 uses the Uniform Act Income Limits to qualify workers and businesses.  All agencies who receive federal funding are required, every year, to meet Section 3 plan objectives.  If you’re not getting your bids accepted, Section 3 could be the reason.
HUD’s Income limits PDF link is below for easy access.

https://www.huduser.gov/datasets/ura/ura16/IncomeLimits-URA-FY16.pdf

Is your business Section 3 certified? Are you unsure if you can become Section 3 certified?  Are at least 30% of your workforce at or below the income limits?

As an example, if you are in Fort Lauderdale the income limits are as shown below:

1 Person              2 Person              3 Person              4 Person              5 Person              6 Person
$40,600                $46,400              $52,200                $58,000               $62,650                $67,300

If you employ a worker who is single, with no dependents, who makes $19.51 an hour or less, they are considered a qualified Section 3 worker.

If you have 15 workers, only 5 of them need to be Section 3 Certified Workers for you to qualify as a Section 3 Certified Business.

Contact us at loanadmin@firsthousingfl.com to help answer your questions and get you pointed in the right direction.

If you want to start winning more bids, this could be your answer.

 

Florida Building Code Update

Posted on: April 5th, 2016 by Tiffany Royall No Comments

The building code of Florida is being updated.  Some of the changes you will see are going to be Accessibility, Code Administration, Electrical, Energy, Fire, Mechanical, Plumbing, Roofing, Special Occupancy, Structural and Swimming Pools.  According to Floridabuilding.org, “The Florida Building Code should not exclude any code section which is in the base code, even if some may think a code section is not application in Florida, such as a Snow Load.” If something is not applicable for a project, then it’s not enforced, but will not be removed from the Code Section.

A structural change is going to be a challenge in some regions of Florida.  “The State of Florida is the only state of the contiguous states where the entire land mass is a hurricane prone region.  Florida has endured numerous land falls form hurricanes and special attention is merited for the installation of hurricane protection.” (floridabuilding.org)  Certain high rise buildings will need to ensure they have the property safety routes in case a hurricane comes through and takes out several stories of a 15 story high rise. These building code changes are not just for the State to say they have updated their codes, but for the safety of everyone living in or around a building.  The State of Florida is surrounded by water, and 19 million people live here; so they need to be concerned about safety and the public’s well-being.

As a Floridian, I want to preserve the natural beauty of the land around us.  We have gorgeous oceans, lakes, and ponds that serve more than just recreational needs. This is where some plumbing code changes will benefit the state now and in the future.  We have a wealth of springs, wetlands, rivers, and lakes all around us, but how will we preserve them as recreational enjoyment and a water supply?  Adopt high efficiency flow rate for all plumbing fixtures.  This is not going to be an easy change, but it will be a worthy investment.  Changing how much water we flush each time, how much water we use when the dishwasher runs, the lower amount of water to wash those 3 loads of laundry per week, will all add up in each household to a savings.  We are a growing state and our water supply is going to be the first demand we see rise.

“Domestic consumption of publicly supplied water is one of the largest uses of water.  Florida is currently the only state in the nation to face water supply challenges” (floridabuilding.org). “The proposed efficiency measures can reduce deficits of future increased demand.  As a result of this proposed modification, a direct impact in reducing demand and ensuring the long-term sustainability of Florida’s water resource can be had without significant sacrifice by any party. This change would provide a foundation for further improvements of water use efficiency at a statewide level” (floridabuilding.org).
Several counties in Florida, including Miami-Dade, have already adopted a similar method.  Building Codes are more than just putting a building up, people live there for years, and then they sell it to a buyer for a higher price.  Building Codes are enforced to regulate the State, save energy and water, and protect the safety of all who live here.

“Governor Scott signed a Florida Building Code on March 25, 2016.  The changes that he has made in this new update include:

    Increased the building’s or dwelling unit’s maximum tested air leakage measure from ‘not exceeding 5 air changes per hour’ to ‘not exceeding 7 air changes per hour’ in all of Florida.

    The minimum fire separation distance for non-fire resistant rated exterior walls shall be 3 feet or greater and non-fire resistant rated projections shall have a minimum fire separation distance of 3 feet or greater.  Projections within 2 feet and less than 3 feet shall include 1-hour fire-resistance rate on the underside.  Projections less than 2 feet are not permitted.

    Mandatory blower door testing for all residential buildings or dwellings units.

    A restaurant, cafeteria, or similar dining facility, including an associated commercial kitchen, is required to have sprinklers only if it has a fire area occupancy load of 200 patrons or more”(floridagreenbuildingcoalition.com)

Resources:
Florida Building. www.floridabuilding.org. 2016
Florida Green Building Coalition.  www.floridagreencoalition.com.  2016

 

Protecting the American Standard of Living

Posted on: March 29th, 2016 by Tiffany Royall No Comments

There is no state in the U.S. where a minimum wage worker working full time can afford a one-bedroom apartment at the fair market rent.
(National Low Income Housing Coalition).

And you still think that Davis-Bacon work is not a necessity? Davis-Bacon does more than help with prevailing wages on projects, it is about Protecting the American Standard of Living.

The Davis-Bacon Act helps improve local economies by generating the prevailing wage law benefits to the community. “When working in a community, 2.4 times the amount spent on local construction goes into local shops and restaurants and pays the local taxes.” (Bac Web) “Additional economic benefits include: funding for building trades health and pension plans, training programs, immunizing the employees, an upward track for minority members of community to advance into higher-paying occupations.”(Bac Web)

Does the Davis-Bacon Act impede or improve labor markets? This is a huge debate for many. The facts themselves show it improves labor markets, but some Construction Professionals think it hinders their ability to perform the job by submitting payrolls weekly and trying to stay compliant during construction. Davis-Bacon promotes investment in human capital within the industry. “Construction is a competitive natured job/career. Construction workers are trained for their skill, it often takes years of schooling and apprenticeship to gain proper experience. With our innovative and evolving world of technology, these skills are being challenged and re-trained periodically. Workers have to be paid fairly to keep up with training and to do a great job that follows regulations. Davis-Bacon ensures the proper functioning of labor markets by grounding the industry’s competition in fair wages: making contractors compete.” (Bac Web).

Are you ready for a Davis-Bacon project now? Contact First Housing to discuss training, set up a Pre-Construction Conference, or assist you with project compliance administration. We have Experienced Professionals ready to answer the questions you may have. Email us today at loanadmin@firsthousingfl.com.

Already have a Davis-Bacon project started and need a poster, order online at http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/posters/davis.html

References
Bac Web. 2015. http://www.bacweb.org/legislative/prevailing_wage/DavisBacon%20Q&A.pdf
National Low Income Housing Coalition. 2016. http://www.nlihc.org/
Department of Labor. 2016. www.dol.gov

 

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