About the Shimberg Center


To facilitate the provision of safe, decent, and affordable housing and related community development throughout the state of Florida, and thereby to establish Florida as the national and international model for successful affordable housing delivery.

What We Do

The Shimberg Center conducts research into housing policy and planning, with a special focus on housing affordability for Florida residents. We provide data and applied research to state agencies, local planners, the housing industry, non-profits, and others involved in shaping housing policy in Florida. We work closely with our colleagues in University of Florida's College of Design, Construction and Planning.

Our current research focuses on documenting housing market conditions and affordable housing needs in Florida's counties, cities and neighborhoods; preserving Florida's affordable rental housing; linking affordable housing with land use and transportation decisions through GIS modeling; and supporting the development of energy efficient and healthy homes. The Center also produces the Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse, which provides public access to data on housing needs and supply for Florida's cities and counties.

Timeline: Selected Milestones

Florida legislature establishes the Center for Affordable Housing at UF's Rinker School of Construction Management..
James H. "Jim" Shimberg a leading Tampa builder, donates $1 millon to the Center, which is renamed the Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing in his honor.
Jess and Ida Rogero Childre donate $100,000 to establish the Ida Rogero Childre Fellowship and Assistantship Endowment to support an outstanding graduate student.
Shimberg Center creates the Affordable Housing Needs Assessment under contract with Florida Department of Community Affairs.
Center completes construction of the first Windstorm Damage Mitigation and Demonstration Center ("Hurricane House") in St. Lucie County
Center produces its first Statewide Rental Market Study for the Florida Housing Finance Corporation.
Center produces analysis of FEMA data on housing damage from 2004 huricanes, which forms the basis for allocation of over $350 million in state aid.
In parnership with UF's Department of Urban and Regional Planning and GeoPlan Center, the Center receives a $500,000 grant from Wells Fargo for the Housing Suitability Model (HSM).
Planetizen.com names the Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse a Top Ten Planning Web Site
Center is renamed the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies in recognition of a wider research agenda, including a new focus on sustainability.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awards the Center $500,000 for data collection and research on the preservation of affordable rental housing
Bank of America awards the Center $155,000 to create neighborhood-level data to support community development.
The Center is a partner in two HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants, led by the Central Florida and East Central Florida Regional Planning Councils. The Center will use the Housing Suitability model to help develop affordable housing plans for six rural Central Florida counties and surrounding proposed SunRail commuter train stations in the Orlando area.
Center produces new Statewide Rental Market Study for Florida Housing Finance Corporation
Shimberg Center and Program for Resource Efficient Communities receive grant from the MacArthur Foundation's How Housing Matters competition to study energy efficiency in Florida's affordable rental housing supply.
Center receives grant from HUD's Research Partnerships initiative to use the Housing Suitability Model to evaluate transportation, land use and socioeconomic conditions surrounding affordable housing locations in 17 Florida counties.
Shimberg Center invited to join HUD's Multidisciplinary Research Team.