June 2021
Riviera Beach Housing Authority
Got a Family? Need Affordable Housing?
Heron Estates Family is a two-story, 79-unit new construction development being built on nearly nine acres on the former Ivey Green public housing complex site. It is on the same site as Heron Estates Senior, which opened in September 2019 and is fully occupied. There will be 19 one-bedroom, one bath units; 40 two-bedroom, two-bath units; and 20 three-bedroom, three-bath units. The development is scheduled to open in November. For price points, which will be based on Area Median Incomes (AMI), see below.
Here's How to Get the Information
Heron Estates Family rental rates will be based on Area Median Income (AMI), with 36 units available at 70 percent AMI, 31 set aside at 60 percent AMI and the last 12 units at 30 percent AMI. So, what that means is:

  • One bedrooms will rent for between $264 and $1,055 per month;
  • Two-bedroom units will cost between $325 and $1,274 each month; and
  • Three-bedroom units will rent monthly for between $381 and $1,477.

The development will also have a clubhouse and fitness center, a playground and a pool. Among other things. For more information, call Property Manager Anthony Poland, who has been on the team since before Heron Estates Senior opened in 2019. Trust us: he'll answer all of your questions. To reach him, call 561-346-6644 or send him an email here. That's him in the picture. And not at work. Heron Estates Family is scheduled to open in November.
Developing People and Real Estate
That’s the tagline for Urban Farmers Inc., a Section 3-defined contractor that focuses on community uplift through affordable housing. And on Riviera Beach. Makes sense: the company is now on the RBHA team in that it is working with us on our homeless and first-time-homebuyer initiatives, which is the company’s focus in the work it does every single day, according to Founder/CEO Terry Booty. Why is the company named Urban Farmers, though? “It’s a metaphor for community development,” Mr. Booty said, “urban means community and farmers means cultivating land to build wealth.” The company currently has projects happening in Belle Glade, Hallandale Beach and West Park, which is near the City of Miramar in Broward County. All of the projects have a singular focus, Mr. Booty says: the construction of workforce and affordable housing for underserved populations. And, he has other projects happening in Riviera Beach too, thanks to another City-based partner, the Re-Entry Center, which has a program that teaches construction-trade skills to ex-felons. To learn more about Urban Farmers, the hardworking, Hallandale Beach-based company, click here. And to contact Mr. Booty, shown in the picture, send an email here.
HTG is Tops in the Nation
Housing Trust Group of Florida (HTG) is our co-development partner again—first on Heron Estates Senior, now on Heron Estates Family—and, according to the national Affordable Housing Finance (AHF), there’s a clear reason why: the Miami-based developer is on AHF’s annual list of the top 50 property owners and developers in the country. Indeed, the company is number 20 on that list of 50—and that's because it has development activities in four territories, including the Gulf Region that is comprised of Florida, Alabama and Puerto Rico. It is also working on a public-private project with the City of West Palm Beach: Flagler Station, a 94-unit affordable housing development located at Banyan Boulevard and Tamarind Avenue. HTG also moved forward from last year's #29. On that list of 50. We, of course, were pleased to see all of this. And not surprised. Learn more about our partner here. And who's that in the pic? HTG President and CEO Matthew Rieger.
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Need Help With Electric Bills?

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program is being provided through Palm Beach County (PBC). The program provides electric bill assistance of up to, potentially, $4,000, and eligibility is based on income guidelines and documents that show proof of need. For more information on this program and others that offer assistance, including with paying rent or other bills, click here. And the need doesn't have to be related to the pandemic.
Did You Know...

...that the City has a new Municipal Library? Yes. And it's at a different location. The old library, on the campus of City Hall, had to move because of mold and other issues related to the building's age. Now, it'll be located on North Congress Avenue—and just down the street from Heron Estates! The location will also be the new home of the City's program for the young, the Riviera Beach Youth Empowerment Program. The grand opening will happen July 3.
Resident of the Month
The Resident of the Month is a new initiative that we have implemented to celebrate the residents who live in any of our properties. We look forward to continuing this and encouraging all of our residents to always put their best step forward.—Commissioner Alexis Lockhart, project lead
Jack and Joye Pinkney have been residents in our NSP Scattered Sites program for nearly a decade. Here's what Executive Director John W. Hurt had to say about them—and the program—and, then, what they had to say in response:

"They have been ideal residents, active in the neighborhood and good neighbors. The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) is a PBC grant initiative that allowed the Authority to purchase and rehabilitate four vacant homes in the City. The program was funded by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development in order to to help improve neighborhoods with good homes and affordable housing for families."

"We're both retired as of 2015 and Riviera Beach has been our home city for many years. We love it here! Thank you very much: we do enjoy our residential environment."
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