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Tampa City Council to crack down on slumlords listen

01/09/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: housing, Tampa City Council, Yolie Capin, Lisa Montelione, Charlie Miranda, code enforcement, slumlords

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Hillsborough County government is under fire after a scathing report uncovered code violations where landlords received subsidies for housing homeless people. Now Tampa City Council members are considering tightening the belt on landlords to deal with rampant violations throughout the city. During a meeting Thursday, Jake Slater, head of the city’s neighborhood empowerment department, laid out plans to both register and grade owners of rental properties.

“Our total intent is to address th...

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Help available for for some Florida seniors hurt by reverse mortgages listen

11/12/13 Ashley Whitney
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: senior citizens, housing, housing crisis, mortgage bubble, reverse mortgage, Florida Hardest Hit

Since the United States housing bubble, many elderly home owners in Florida decided to get a reverse mortgage on their homes so that they could afford to keep their residence. The longer a senior has a reverse mortgage the less value their home will have and they might find they can not afford to get by. There is a new program to help Florida’s seniors avoid foreclosure and hardship.

During a teleconference Tuesday, Florida Housing Finance Corporation and Florida Department of Elder Affai...

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New Hope for Homeless

06/26/13 Warren Elly with Homeless Coalition CEO Maria Barcus
Last Call Wednesday
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New Hope for Hillsborough's Homeless?

On the eve of tough new legislation from Tampa City Council to ban panhandling in downtown and YBOR city zones, Maria Barcus, newly hired Homeless Coalition CEO, says putting a roof on people's heads is the first step. She also says that in South Florida laws like Tampa's Panhandle Zones actually led directly to a local one cent tax on meals and rooms to finance solutions. Callers ranged from the sympathetic, to those who say foreclosed houses ought t...

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Forrest Gump actor Gary Sinise kicks off 2013 wounded vet project in Tampa listen

02/13/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Actor Gary Sinise – better known as Lieutenant Dan to Forrest Gump fans -- is heading up an effort to build twelve severely wounded soldiers specially-equipped homes. Sinise, along with other charity leaders and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced the 2013 Building for America’s Bravest program during a ceremony in downtown Tampa Wednesday morning. Sinise said he enjoys giving injured soldiers some of their normal life back.

“They’re going to have life challenges for a long time ...

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V.M. Ybor residents want pool and less crowded housing units listen

02/07/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In the V.M. Ybor neighborhood of Tampa some residents are living in overcrowded lodging facilities. They also don’t have access to the community’s pool for the fourth consecutive year. This morning neighborhood leaders asked city council members to move forward with proposals that would solve both problems.

Community leaders from the historic neighborhood north of Ybor City often find themselves addressing Tampa City Council looking for ways to strike a balance between middle-class h...

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New apartment complex offers housing for Tampa's chronically homeless listen

01/24/13 Ella Wind
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Two years ago, Tampa government officials began to investigate options for addressing Tampa's homeless population, which numbered around 18,000 people. On Wednesday, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Cypress Landing housing complex in North Tampa, the first permanent housing complex for the chronically homeless in Hillsborough County.

The Cypress Landing complex will house the chronically homeless, those who are repeatedly homeless or have been homeles...

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New activist movement in Tampa is targeting slumlords listen

01/17/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A group of activists is targeting slumlords in Tampa. Members of the Tampa Solidarity Network warned passing traffic not to rent from a USF-area apartment complex during a protest yesterday.

Two activists held a giant banner in front of Aaran’s Walk Condominiums calling Jennifer Rendahl a slumlord. Some drivers passing by honked in appreciation. Others slowed their cars to ask why. Protester Jake Vigness told them the complex’s management headed up by Rendahl enforced silly rules an...

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Clean Up Scheduled for University Area Community in Tampa

01/15/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk about a community project taking place soon in North Tampa-- it's an effort to improve the lives of people who live in the area near the University of South Florida. But first- one listener comment about yesterday's show. Yesterday we spent much of the hour talking about guns and what to do to reduce gun violence. Here's what one listener had to say:

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This Saturday more than 500 volunteers from busines...

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New homes for injured veterans part of community redevelopment in St. Pete listen

12/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A wounded military veteran broke ground on what will be his new home today in St. Petersburg. The house is being paid for through a collaborative of charities, but is part of a greater effort to rehabilitate the city’s troubled Midtown area. Brian Lamb, president of the non-profit Community Partners in Revitalization said the project will help drive property values up in the neighborhood.

“Within that, there’s a huge economic advantage to coming into neighborhoods, recognizing –...

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Local pastor charged with 8 felonies trying to put a roof over someone's head listen

11/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A Tampa Pastor is suing the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for arresting her after she helped a member of her congregation move into a home owned by someone else. Tami Robinson used centuries old land ownership loophole to try to acquire an abandoned home, but it didn’t work. Robinson said she and the woman she was helping were arrested and charged with eight felonies.

“We’ve been charged with burglary, two counts of grand theft, two counts of burglary, two counts of imper...

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