By Erik Waxler, WTFS Tampa Bay
TAMPA, Fla. — When Samantha Wolf was 12 years old, she was arrested and put in jail for stealing a necklace.
“It was traumatizing when I was in there. They put me in a room with two other women and locked the door,” she said.
C.T. Bowen, Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA —- Last year, Hillsborough County commissioners said they would budget $10 million to expand affordable housing. Last week, they voted to start spending it.
The commission selected seven private groups to develop both owner-occupied homes and rental units targeting low and very low income tenants as part of a nearly $20 million investment in affordable housing around the county.
July 24, 2019. WUSF NEWS
Hillsborough County Board Commissioners held a public hearing last week about a proposed budget allocation for affordable housing.
April, the commission directed the County Attorney’s Office to draft an
ordinance for an affordable housing trust fund in an amount of $10
million a year.
There is a remainder of a $5 million budget that
will be added onto the new budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year,
according to the commissioners.
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.
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
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.