Affordable Housing Trust Fund Eyed For Hillsborough County

April 18, 2019. WJCT.ORG

Hillsborough County Commissioners Wednesday took a step toward creating its first dedicated source of money for affordable housing. It comes after other money has been repeatedly diverted from a state housing fund.

The move wouldn’t create a dedicated trust fund, which supporters had pushed for. But the vote does direct Hillsborough County to try to find $10 million in the upcoming budget, and every year after. It would help people who are being priced out of the area’s housing market to cover the cost.

Faith groups ask for affordable housing and criminal justice reform

March 29, 2019. 88.5 WMNF

A coalition of faith-based groups will gather on Monday to ask Hillsborough County leaders to solve problems of affordable housing and criminal justice in the county.

The Hillsborough Organization for Progress & Equality, or HOPE, is hosting what it calls its ‘Nehemiah Action.’ About 1400 participants are expected.

Hillsborough’s Housing Crunch: Searching For Solutions

December 16, 2018. WUSF News.

Back in October, hundreds of Hillsborough County residents packed the pews of Tampa’s First Seventh Day Adventist Church.

It was an interfaith gathering of congregations, all members of the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality (HOPE). People chatted and a choir led the group in singing hymns, but before too long, they got down to business.

Interfaith Group Gets Commitments On Affordable Housing, Civil Citations

April 17, 2018. WUSF News.

Elected leaders in Hillsborough County were in the hot seat Monday night, asked to commit on the spot to action on community issues.

More than 1,000 members of the interfaith group Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality (HOPE) asked officials for commitments on expanding the civil citation program, creating a local affordable housing trust fund and increased funding for elder care services. The event was part of the groups 2018 Nehemiah Action.

When asked, Hillsborough public defender Julianne Holt, Chief Judge Ronald Ficarrotta and State Attorney Andrew Warren said they will support extending the county’s civil citation program to include second and third misdemeanor offenses by minors.

Rents rising in Tampa Bay, more quickly than national average

March 21, 2018. ABC Action News.

Rents are on the rise in the Tampa Bay Area, and rising much more quickly than the national average.

According to the latest report by RENTCafe, a nationwide internet listing service for housing rental units, St. Petersburg leads the Tampa Bay Area with the highest rental spike, up 7.1% since last year.

St. Pete was top 20 in the country for that high of a percentage change; Orlando led the state of Florida with a 7.8% price increase.