Anne Ray is the manager of the Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse at University of Florida's Shimberg Center for Housing Studies. She directs the center's statewide rental market study and has performed research on preservation of assisted rental housing, public housing, the housing needs of persons with disabilities, farmworker housing and states' implementation of the low-income housing tax credit.
Areas of Expertise (4)
Florida Housing Policy
Media Appearances (3)
Skyrocketing housing costs spark calls for state leaders to respond
WJCT News online
Many parts of Florida have simply become too expensive for many people to live. Across the state, protesters are calling for relief from skyrocketing rents and home prices. Earlier this month, domestic workers across South Florida gathered for a march through Downtown Miami on International Workers' Day to protest high rents. Protesters say the housing affordability crisis is pricing them out of their neighborhoods.
Rising housing costs are prompting protests and possible solution from lawmakers across Tampa Bay
WUSF Public Media online
This week, we start our look at housing affordability in the greater Tampa Bay region. Since early on in the pandemic, rising rents and evictions have brought more awareness of the issue — especially as both lower- and middle-class residents are being priced out of neighborhoods in cities such as St. Petersburg and Tampa. Experts say the pandemic is accelerating a problem that has been growing over the past few years. In this episode, host Steve Newborn talks with people on different ends of the issue.
Locked Out: Low pay, soaring rents, pro-landlord laws set up Florida renters for eviction once COVID hit
Orlando Sentinel online
Jocelyn Bennett paints her daughters’ toenails, not bothered by the strong scent of nail polish filling the room at the HomeTown Studios in Orlando. The girls show off their pink toes, toddling around the small pay-by-the-week hotel room, one of many the Bennetts have called home since the pandemic began and they got evicted. It’s just one room with a bathroom with not enough space to even open the front door all the way. But it’s got a stove and a fridge, and it’s better than living in their car or outside.
The Lost Properties Inventory: Affordability of Post-Subsidy Rents Shimberg Center for Housing Studies, University of Florida - Data and MethodsShimberg Center
A property with a three-bedroom gross rent in the 30.01-60% AMI range but a two-bedroom gross rent in the 60.01-80% AMI range was categorized as “affordable” at the 80% AMI level, “mixed” at the 60% AMI level, and unaffordable at the 30% AMI level. Results Affordability Current rents for most of the formerly subsidized properties would not be affordable by the standards of the Housing Credit and SAIL programs. Of the 61 properties in the survey sample.
Household Energy Costs and the Housing Choice Voucher Program: Do Utility Allowances Pay the Bills?Housing Policy Debate
Anne Ray, et. al
Utility bills present a hidden threat to the affordability of a family’s housing—unknown before a household moves into a unit, and unpredictable from one month to the next. In theory, tenants receiving Housing Choice Vouchers are shielded from energy cost burdens through utility allowances built into rent subsidies. However, tenants may face actual energy costs that far outstrip allowances, effectively rendering their housing unaffordable.
Opting In, Opting OutCityscape
Anne Ray, et. al
This article updates the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) report Multifamily Properties: Opting In, Opting Out and Remaining Affordable (Finkel et al., 2006). The original report examined the loss of affordable housing associated with HUD's Section 8 project-based rental assistance and Section 236 and 221(d)(3) subsidized mortgage programs between 1998 and 2004.