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Tampa Police evict squatters who took abandoned house before Republican convention listen

09/07/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A couple who took over an abandoned house in Tampa just before the Republican convention was evicted this morning by Tampa Police.

Tyler Mitchell is an activist who was there to help the squatters, who did not want to be interviewed.

Mitchell said the police did not have legal standing to evict the residents, but they let the Police into the home.

“We are at 208 East North Street in Tampa, Florida. This is a site where there was a housing ...

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Affordable / workforce housing in Tampa Bay

02/09/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Debra Koehler with Sage Partners was our main guest, speaking about affordable/workforce housing. Mark Hendrickson, former head of the state housing agency and now a private consultant called in from Tallahassee to discuss the Sadowski Trust, which are housing funds composed of local and state revenue from documentary-stamp taxes paid on property sales. While the recession has reduced those sales, and the need for new housing, the funds can still be used to repair and rehabilitate old apartm...

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Tampa Housing Authority awarded 75 additional vouchers to provide housing for homeless veterans listen

08/26/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa Housing Authority has recently received more than a half a million dollars to help local Veterans who are homeless or cannot afford their housing payments.

In July the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced grants to public housing agencies in every state. The funding totals $46.2 million. The Tampa Housing Authority was awarded 75 additional vouchers to provide assistance to veterans in need. Margaret Jones, Director of Assisted Housing for the Tampa Housing Autho...

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Tampa and Hillsborough are merging Section 8 housing programs for low-income families listen

08/09/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Tampa Housing Authority and Hillsborough County Affordable Housing are merging their housing assistance programs for low-income families.

The city and county are merging their Section 8 programs because of the ongoing economic recession. They say the goal is to provide better service for families in need and to save money. Paula Harvey, director of Hillsborough County’s Affordable Housing Department says merging the programs for low-income housing assistance will also reduce confusion ...

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Pinellas fair housing conference promotes equal rights for all listen

04/11/11 Lenka Davis and Christopher Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Are you planning to rent an apartment but the landlord does not want you to live there with the kids? Were you ever denied the purchase of a house because your skin color did not fit in the neighborhood? The Fair Housing conference, organized by Tampa Bay Fair Housing Consortium and Pinellas County Office of Human Rights last Friday dealt with equal access to housing.

In April 1968, following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Fair Housing Act was adopted at the federal ...

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Foreclosure Workshop At Tampa Convention Center listen

09/28/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With foreclosures rates at an all-time high across the nation, hundreds gathered at the Tampa Convention Center on Saturday for a foreclosure prevention workshop.

Karen Brown is sick over the thought that she might lose the first home she has ever owned. “I cannot eat. I have no appetite. My husband. They don’t understand my family. They notice I’m withdrawn from talking. I just don’t want to hear it. If I’m talking about it. I go to a corner by myself. I will cry and they don’t even...

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Tampa Housing Authority has contracted nearly all of its stimulus funding listen

09/04/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa Housing Authority has committed 92% of the stimulus funds it has been granted. The housing authority and Kathy Castor, who represents much of the city in Congress, made the announcement this morning before taking a bus tour of several projects where the funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are being spent.

At Stetson University’s College of Law campus in Tampa Friday morning, Castor said that the jobs created by the Recovery Act housing funds...

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Alyssa Katz on the Housing Crisis, Part II listen

07/23/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The U.S. housing market “appears to be healing”. Those were the words of Lawrence Yun, the chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, speaking after the organization’s new report showed re-sales of homes and condominiums rose 3.6% last month, the highest level since last October.

However, the report did say that distressed properties accounted for nearly a third of such sales. That’s not that different than a month before, with the median price now dragged down to $181,800....

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Some legislators will promote development to fix economy listen

02/20/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Earlier this week, some state lawmakers announced that they believe a way to kick start Florida’s economy is by streamlining the permitting process for new development.

The St. Petersburg Times reporting this week that some of the groups pushing for looser permitting include such politically powerful groups as the Florida Home Builders Association, the Association of Florida Community Developers, and Associated Industries.

Barney Bishop is president of Associated Industries, based ...

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State economist: Recession to last another year listen

12/17/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This morning the Florida House was given sobering news about the state of Florida’s economy.

The upshot, delivered from Legislative Economist Amy Baker was that things won’t be getting better anytime soon. Baker said the key ingredient in Florida’s economy is new construction. But she says that won’t come back until the state deals with its considerable current inventory of available housing.

Baker said she expected the state to actually experience growth in the next year, but it wo...

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