Linda Julien

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Linda Julien

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Oral history interview of Councilwoman Linda Julien by Elijah Pestana

In this interview, councilwoman Linda Julien explains how she became involved in public service and advocacy for the Miami Gardens community. She tells her backstory as a child of Haitian immigrants in South Florida, her background in real estate, and her experience with homeownership in Miami Gardens. She also describes the housing affordability crisis in Miami from both the renting and ownership perspective: from evictions and spiking rents to barriers like low inventory and high interest rates. She also emphasizes the importance of systemic change (including federal and local policies regarding housing) as a necessary solution to the dire situation of Miami’s unaffordability and wealth inequality.

Publication Date

2022

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Miami, Florida

Keywords

Miami Gardens, Councilwoman, Haiti, Wealth Gap, Generational Wealth, Housing, Homeownership, Florida International University, Catalyst Miami

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Economic Policy | Public Policy | Social Justice

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Length: 31 minutes

Biography (source: Linda Julien | Miami Gardens, FLhttps://www.miamigardens-fl.gov › Linda-Julien )

Linda Julien, a Miami Gardens resident and homeowner, serves as the city's first Haitian-American council member. Linda earned a bachelor's degree in Public Administration from Florida International University and a Master's in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University. For the last ten years, she has worked throughout Miami Dade County, focusing on real estate, economic development, procurement, and workforce development. One of Linda's most notable projects is Solé Mia, a 4-Billion-dollar, 15-year mixed-use real estate development, public/private partnership between a local municipality and development team of Soffer and LeFrak. Ms. Julien serves on the Board of the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation, an organization dedicated to transforming under-resourced communities by improving access to health, education, employment and homeownership. Altogether, her work encompasses ensuring the prosperity of communities, safeguarding the future growth of residents, and advocating for homeownership and the success of local businesses.

Linda Julien

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