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Nov 14

Tips for a “Less Stress, More Success” Move

Posted on November 14, 2016 at 10:57 am by Dawn Corrigan

By Vicki Mullins, Senior Housing Specialist

Part of Pensacola Housing’s mission is to ensure that there’s a sufficient supply of affordable housing stock in our community to meet the needs of our low-income residents. For participants in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV), this means housing that’s decent, safe and sanitary in accordance with Housing Quality Standards (HQS). It also means housing that meets the specific needs of voucher families, which can change over time. Sometimes, that means using your voucher to move to a different unit.

Moving can be one of our most stressful transitions in life. The checklists below are designed to help you prepare for your move, and to provide a quick overview of how to move with your voucher.

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Nov 03

Filling the Gap with Workforce Housing

Posted on November 3, 2016 at 1:47 pm by Dawn Corrigan

By Mayor Ashton Hayward

There’s no place like home. It’s where we are sheltered, find our peace, start our day, plan our future, raise our children and keep all that is precious to us. As Pensacola and the rest of the country rebound from the recession and housing crisis, some segments of our community are still struggling. Living on the outskirts of the American dream, too many hard-working families cannot afford the costs of homeownership. It’s an unrelenting problem, not easily addressed and never fully solved. Nevertheless, we must devote ourselves and our resources to increasing our affordable housing inventory. Why, you ask?

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Oct 24

‘Why Would I Be a Section 8 Landlord?’: A Presentation to GCREIA

Posted on October 24, 2016 at 8:11 am by Dawn Corrigan

On September 20, 2016, Pensacola Housing staff members Marcie Whitaker and Dawn Corrigan were the guest speakers at the monthly meeting of the Gulf Coast Real Estate Investors Association, an education, information and advocacy group for real estate investors, speculators, landlords, flippers, and property managers.

The presentation, entitled “Why On Earth Would I Want to Be a Section 8 Landlord?,” provided an overview of the Housing Choice Voucher Program from a landlord’s perspective.

Approximately 30 local real estate investors were on hand to listen to the presentation and ask questions about the advantages and disadvantages offered by the Section 8 rental assistance program. Staff also provided information about HUD-VASH, the voucher program for homeless veterans.

Pensacola Housing is grateful to association president Daniel Upshaw, and to the whole GCREIA group, for the opportunity to meet with them.

Local real estate investors who are interested in more information about the program can call program manager Dawn Corrigan at (850) 858-0324.

The slideshow for the September 20 presentation is available here.