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  • Greg Lane

Tampa pledges millions to tackle housing crisis

Tampa leaders know they have a huge housing crisis on their hands. The challenge they face now is figuring out ways to keep residents from getting priced out of their homes while the city tries to catch up to its ballooning housing demand.

Tampa‘s leaders are trying to tackle the housing crisis from multiple angles. The long-term plan is to increase the housing supply.

In the meantime, the city has created multiple avenues to assist renters and homeowners with rising costs.

Last week, Tampa’s Development and Economic Opportunity office announced a new Tenant Services Team that can help with everything from rental assistance to legal services for housing-related issues.

They’ve also boosted staff for its new housing information line to help clear through its backlog of more than 3,500 requests.

Recently, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor announced she aims to add 10,000 new affordable housing units by 2027.

To get there, the city is working to update its ordinances and relax zoning rules so that multifamily housing can be built in more areas.

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