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Oct 13

Housing Employees Honored at September 2016 Employee Recognition Event

Posted on October 13, 2016 at 11:54 am by Dawn Corrigan

On September 28, 2016, several Pensacola Housing employees were honored at the City’s monthly Employee Recognition Event.

First, Demetrius Pettway, customer service representative for the Inspections Department, was named the City’s September Employee of the Month. Mr. Pettway was nominated by several housing employees after an incident at the Housing Division in late August. Demetrius and another employee, Bill Daughdrill, were alone in the Inspections area when Demetrius realized Bill was in distress and struggling for air. Drawing on his military training, Demetrius quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver, staying with Bill until he was able to speak again.

Mr. Daughdrill retired from public service in September. We’re happy he’s here to enjoy his retirement, and wish him the best!

In addition, customer service representative Jea Plana was recognized for a year of service with the City. Ms. Plana became a permanent member of the Housing team on September 14, 2015. In her work with Housing she wears many hats, including receptionist, phone agent, accounts payable, quality control, and administrative support for the Housing Choice Voucher team.

Congratulations, Demetrius and Jea!

Sept 2016 Employee Recognition

Left to Right: Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward, Jea Plana, Demetrius Pettway.

Sep 27

Back to the Basics: A Fair Housing Informational Workshop

Posted on September 27, 2016 at 10:16 am by Dawn Corrigan


Back to the Basics 1

On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, the Escambia-Pensacola Human Relations Commission (EPHRC) will host “Back to the Basics,” a Fair Housing informational workshop designed to introduce and re-educate landlords regarding Fair Housing law and provide knowledge of landlord/tenant basics.

The Pensacola Housing Division is proud to be listed as a partner in presenting this workshop, along with Legal Services of North Florida (LSNF).
The workshop will run from 9 am until 12 pm, is free and open to the public, and will take place at the offices of the Pensacola Association of Realtors (PAR), located at 107 West Main Street in downtown Pensacola.

If you have any questions, or to RSVP, please call (850) 437-0513 or email

Many thanks to EPHRC, LSNF, and PAR for putting the workshop together. We hope to see you there!
Jul 28

City Assisting Homeless Residents in the Community

Posted on July 28, 2016 at 11:17 am by Dawn Corrigan

In July 2016, Pensacola Housing received a new allocation of HOME funds from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC), which will be used to support a Housing First initiative that will provide rental assistance for approximately 20 homeless families in the metropolitan Pensacola area and Escambia County.

This initiative is a continuation of a pilot program administered jointly between the City Housing Division and EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless (ECOH) from 2013 to 2016. During the pilot program, ECOH, which served as the referring agency, referred 47 families to Pensacola Housing, of whom 37 leased up in rental units using HOME Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) vouchers.

Families participating in the pilot program were eligible for 12 months of housing assistance, with the option of renewing for one additional year. As the families neared the end of their TBRA assistance period, Pensacola Housing Counselor Mary Nathan worked with them to ensure they would not revert to homelessness. She encouraged them to apply for the Section 8 waiting list and provided referral information for public housing, subsidized multifamily housing, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit properties  (LIHTCs), first-time homebuyer programs, and other affordable housing providers in our area.

At the end of the pilot program, almost half the families had secured a long-term solution to their housing needs. Housing staff was pleased with the outcome of the pilot program, and is looking forward to working with ECOH again on the new initiative.