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Pinellas Housing Authority implements rapid housing program for veterans

Pinellas Housing Authority implements rapid housing program for veterans

Pinellas County -- Eighteen homeless veterans are a step closer to having a home of their own this week, thanks to the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program and the Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA).  PCHA implemented the first of several HUD-VASH Express Rapid Housing Program briefings for a group of homeless veterans referred by the Bay Pines Medical Center.

"We developed the HUD VASH Express Rapid Housing Program to help VASH eligible, homeless veterans find permanent homes and get back on their feet quicker" said Debra Johnson, PCHA's Executive Director. The model embraces the "Housing First" idea that vulnerable and at-risk homeless individuals and families are more responsive to interventions and social services support after they are in their own housing, rather than while living in temporary/transitional facilities or housing programs.  With permanent housing, these veterans can begin to regain the self-confidence and control over their lives they lost when they became homeless.

BungalowFest Benefit for the Children's Cancer Center

BungalowFest Benefit for the Children's Cancer Center

This year’s famous Historic Kenwood’s BungalowFest will include a Designer Show Home to benefit the Children's Cancer Center, a Tampa Bay non-profit whose mission is helping children with cancer and chronic blood disorders.

A Gala Preview Party and fundraiser will be held at the Designer Show Home on Friday, Nov 4 from 6 pm-9:30 pm to celebrate the beginning of "BungalowFest - A Celebration of Art and Architecture." The Gala will include a preview Show Home tour, a designer meet-and-greet, and a catered bounty of delicious treats and beverages. Only 300 tickets are available for the Gala Preview Party and also include admission to the homes on the BungalowFest Home Tour on Saturday.

2011 Property Tax Bills to be mailed Oct. 31

2011 Property Tax Bills to be mailed Oct. 31

Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson reminds property owners that 2011 tax bills for real estate and tangible personal property will be mailed on Monday. The Tax Collector’s office will mail close to 415,000 tax notices, totaling $1.1 billion. Payments will be accepted starting Nov. 1, as allowed by Florida law.

“We are preparing for another busy tax season,” Nelson said. “We collect the majority of property taxes in November as a result of the 4 percent discount.”

Taxpayers receive a discount of 4 percent for payments made by Nov. 30. After November, payments made by the following dates – or postmarked if sent through the mail – receive the respective discounts: Dec. 31, 3 percent; Jan 31, 2 percent; and Feb. 29, 1 percent. All payments must be made by March 31 to avoid becoming delinquent.

Meeting for owners of manufactured homes

Meeting for owners of manufactured homes

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Homeowners of manufactured homes in Dunedin are invited to a meeting Friday.

The Federation of Manufactured Home Owners of Florida, Inc. is holding the meeting at 9:30 a.m. at the Amber Glades Mobile Home Park, 3113 S.R. 580 in Safety Harbor.

ALL MANUFACTURED HOME OWNERS ARE INVITED! Coffee and donuts will be served at 9:00 a.m. On the agenda is a discussion of proposed House and Senate Bills (HB271 & SB386) which will affect mobile homeowners.

 

Bank United branch coming to West Central Ave.

Bank United branch coming to West Central Ave.

BankUnited is coming to the 62nd Street block of west Central Avenue in St. Petersburg.  The new bank is taking over a branch that had been a Bank of America location, but has been closed and vacant for many years.  

According to the BankUnited website,

Are you a smart consumer?

Are you a smart consumer?

Should you do business with that company?  Do you know how to avoid identify theft?

“How to be a smarter consumer” is the featured topic Thursday, Oct. 6, on There’s No Place Like Home, the radio show sponsored by the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County. 

The show features Anna Marie Millett, investigator for the Pinellas County Department of Justice and Consumer Services. Millett will provide tips on how to be a smart consumer, how to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft and foreclosure prevention.

Want a new home for the holidays?

Want a new home for the holidays?

It is the perfect time to start thinking about a holiday party in a new home. Pinellas County has lowered its mortgage interest rate to 4.25 percent for the Home Key 1st Mortgage program for first-time homebuyers in Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties. 

Down payment assistance with the Home Key Plus 2nd Mortgage is also available in Pinellas and Polk Counties for qualified buyers.

The program is available to buyers who have never owned a home, or who have not owned a home in the last three years. It is also available to veterans. Buyers must have a credit score of at least 620 and are required to take a free Homebuyer Education Class.