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Sarasota allocates $600,000 to help halt foreclosures listen

12/10/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Sarasota County Commissioners yesterday approved $600,000 to give direct financial assistance for families in the county facing foreclosure on their homes.

The funding – which ultimately could rise to $1 million - will be distributed in grants of up to $5,000 through a group of nonprofit organizations in the county.

Last month, deputy administrator Susan Scott said there were approximately 8,000 pending foreclosures in the judicial process and an additional 900 filings occurring month...

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Hillsborough plans for Neighborhood Stabilization Program listen

10/23/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Earlier this year, Congress passed the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. One component is the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The $3.92 billion NSP gives grants to states and local governments for purchasing homes that are in foreclosure or in danger of being foreclosed upon.

Today, Hillsborough County met about the NSP with housing non-profit groups.

Hillsborough County will receive $19.1 million through the NSP and the city of Tampa will receive $13.6 million. Homes that...


Athena housing for homeless female veterans listen

10/06/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With women playing a greater role in active-duty military operations, comes an increasing problem of homelessness among women veterans. This morning in Ybor City, a ribbon-cutting ceremony spotlighted a transitional housing program for homeless female veterans.

The Athena program, located in a historic brick building on Columbus Drive, will provide transitional housing to 16 homeless female veterans.

Sara Romeo is CEO of Tampa Crossroads, which organized the Athena program.

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