Jan 09

A Brief Primer on Pensacola Housing Funding Sources (Or, Time for Alphabet Soup)

Posted on January 9, 2018 at 1:04 pm by Dawn Corrigan

By Karen Thompson, Budget and Planning Manager

Alphabet Soup

In keeping with our mission to support a diverse, viable community that provides decent, safe housing for all residents, the Pensacola Housing Division administers a number of affordable and low-income housing programs. Affordable housing can be a confusing topic. What is affordable housing? Are affordable housing and low-income housing the same thing? And where does the funding come from?

When we talk to the public, it sometimes seems that people imagine affordable housing—or at least, low-income housing—to be a “one-stop shop” situation, but that isn’t the case. Besides Pensacola Housing, there are several other affordable housing providers in our jurisdiction, including public housing administered by the Area Housing Commission, and a number of subsidized multifamily apartment complexes and LIHTCs (low-income housing tax credit developments).

Affordable housing can feel like a big tangled plate of spaghetti—or, with all the acronyms involved, a bowl of alphabet soup. Here I’ll explain the programs administered by Pensacola Housing, as well as their funding sources—a brief primer on Pensacola Housing’s particular “bowl of soup.”

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Sep 26

Rental Fundamentals: Preparing for a New Unit Inspection

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 12:43 pm by Dawn Corrigan

By Demetrius Pettway, Customer Service Representative

Whether leasing up with a voucher for the first time or moving to a different unit, all voucher tenants want the move-in process to go quickly and smoothly. A big part of that is making sure the rental unit meets Housing Quality Standards (HQS) so it will receive a passed inspection. For the tenant, preparing for the inspection actually starts with the unit selection process. When choosing the right place to call home, you should always view, in person, the exact apartment or home that the landlord/rental agency will be offering you for residence. A good idea for any prospective tenant is to take note of any safety or maintenance issues that stand out during your first walk through. Don’t be afraid to bring up any issues that cause concern with the landlord at that time, and be sure to ask how soon those issues can be corrected.

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Sep 20

Stand Down for Homeless Veterans

Posted on September 20, 2017 at 3:34 pm by Dawn Corrigan

Homeless Vets Stand Down
On Friday, September 22, 2017, the Gulf Coast Veterans Advocacy Council in conjunction with the Salvation Army will host a stand down for homeless veterans. A stand down is an event that allows homeless vets to take care of personal hygiene, enjoy a warm meal, receive medical and dental care, and address other basic needs, including camaraderie, in a safe environment. The concept is modeled after Vietnam War-era Stand Downs, which provided a safe retreat for units returning from combat.

What: Homeless Veterans Stand Down
Where: Salvation Army, 1501 N Q St, Pensacola
When: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

For more information, please contact Joseph Herring at (850) 346-3996 or josephherring.gcvac@gmail.com.