Tampa Florida housing residents late fee increased to $75

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Tampa, Florida: Beginning January, a $10 late fee will rise to $75 for public housing residents.

The increase is part of the Tampa Housing Authority’s plan to convert all 2,500 of its public housing units to Section 8 housing with the agency acting as landlord. About 1,000 homes are . . . → Read More: Tampa Florida housing residents late fee increased to $75

Dayton Public Housing failed to comply with HUD’s rules

A federal audit has found that Dayton’s public housing authority multiple times failed to comply with HUD’s and its own procurement rules, which are designed to ensure contract costs are reasonable.

As a result, the housing authority and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) cannot be sure that $406,000 in capital . . . → Read More: Dayton Public Housing failed to comply with HUD’s rules

Broken elevator strand elderly in Daytona

Broken elevator strand elderly in Daytona

The 13-story apartment building on South Beach Street is managed by the Daytona Beach Housing Authority.

The lightning and all that water intrusion, which was brought on by the wind, essentially fried the circuits.

People here have been in their house for 11 days.

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Bradenton Housing Authority suspends no weapons policy

Just four days after approving a “No Weapons” policy for Bradenton Housing Authority employees and to post signs at the entryway of the agency’s building at 2002 Martin Luther King Ave. E. preventing the public from entering with weapons, BHA Executive Director Ellis Mitchell Jr. is suspending the policy now under fire by right-to-carry groups.

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Hillsborough uses technology to close reading gap

HUD partners provide reading technology in underachieving areas

About 40 percent of third-grade children in Hillsborough read below grade level, 2014 school accountability tests show.

The benchmark is viewed by educators as a major predictor of later success. Children who are already behind are more likely to end up dropping out of high school, a . . . → Read More: Hillsborough uses technology to close reading gap

Eureka Gardens approved as Section 8 for another year

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has renewed a contract with Global Ministries Foundation to receive $6 million to operate Eureka Gardens as a Section 8 housing project for another year.

The complex has been under scrutiny since News4Jax investigative reports exposed deplorable living conditions, involving everything from mold and mildew concerns to . . . → Read More: Eureka Gardens approved as Section 8 for another year

Macclenny Housing Authority gets clerk from Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF)

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) will soon have a clerk stationed at the Macclenny Housing Authority to assist the public with applications for government programs including Medicaid, food stamps (SNAP) and temporary cash assistance (TANF).

The interview clerk will be able to complete interviews for public . . . → Read More: Macclenny Housing Authority gets clerk from Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF)

Former Bradenton Housing Authority official sentenced to 5 years

Former Bradenton Housing Authority official Stephany West was sentenced on Wednesday to 5 years of probation for getting paid for working when she was off cavorting with her boss and lover now husband, Wenston DeSue.

Both were married to other people during their affair.

DeSue, the . . . → Read More: Former Bradenton Housing Authority official sentenced to 5 years

Collier County Housing Authority’s board hired controversial director

Collier County Housing Authority’s board hires controversial director

Collier County Housing Authority’s board, which fired its executive director in May after federal officials discovered money was mishandled, has hired Oscar Hentschel as the new director with a contentious background to lead Homestead’s housing agency.

Oscar Hentschel worked as executive director of the Homestead Housing Authority from 2011 until September . . . → Read More: Collier County Housing Authority’s board hired controversial director

Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers Outstanding Agency of the Year

The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers was awarded Outstanding Agency of the Year and Best Newsletter at the Florida Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (FAHRO) 2015 Conference and Tradeshow in Orlando.

The outstanding agency award was judged on the agency’s commitment to solving housing and associated . . . → Read More: Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers Outstanding Agency of the Year