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The Scoop: Wed. March 13, 2024 Tampa Bay and Florida headlines by WMNF

NAACP’s advisory to Black student-athletes because of the elimination of diversity programs in public colleges.
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Florida second in nation for eviction and foreclosure moves

A rise in eviction and foreclosure-related moves have been happening over the past year. Florida is second in the United States with a shocking increase from 2021 to 2022. Data shows that Americans are facing...

Florida Democrats, advocates say rent stabilization and right to counsel could help address the state’s housing and eviction crisis

Florida Democrats are calling on Governor Ron DeSantis to add the state’s housing crisis to the agenda of a special legislative session focused on Florida’s property insurance market that’s scheduled to begin next week.  During...

St. Pete could become the first city in Florida to enact a tenants’ right to legal counsel policy

As the Sunshine City continues to seek solutions to its unaffordable housing crisis, city leaders in St. Petersburg are exploring the idea of guaranteeing a right to legal counsel for local tenants facing eviction. This...
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United Way Suncoast creates a dashboard for the “State of the Housing Crisis” in Tampa Bay

United Way Suncoast's new online dashboard, State of the Housing Crisis, finds half of Tampa Bay area families are rent-cost burdened.

Tampa tenants protest mass eviction

Tampa tenant's protest mass eviction at Holly Court Apartments after New Year's Eve notices served without explanation.
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Tampa Police contacted landlords to encourage evictions of tenants who had been arrested: Times investigation

The Tampa Bay Times found that police contacted landlords to encourage evictions of tenants who had been arrested or stopped by police.

CDC’s new eviction moratorium only covers US counties with high COVID transmission – that’s all of Florida

President Joe Biden said he’s buying struggling renters time with a new eviction moratorium that might not pass Constitutional muster. The new, more focused order only extends to areas of high COVID transmission. That includes...

Florida city council member, mayoral candidate who bragged about evictions under fire for new evictions

A recently unearthed Facebook post shows St. Petersburg council member and mayoral candidate Robert Blackmon bragged about evicting tenants when he purchased a downtown St. Pete apartment building. Blackmon is again under fire for evictions...
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Tampa Bay legislators introduce bills to stave off looming eviction crisis

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources A group of state legislators from the Tampa Bay area Monday introduced bills aimed at improving the state’s eviction process. The legislation is an attempt to stave...

Pandemic prompts St. Pete residents to call for rent relief, eviction moratorium during Friday rally

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources A group of St. Petersburg residents have organized to fight back against a rising wave of evictions, another crisis brought during the COVID-19 pandemic. A rally is...

Tampa Bay counties differ on whether there will be evictions during coronavirus pandemic

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “people who are homeless are a particularly vulnerable group” for COVID-19. Many communities around the country have taken...

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