Hillsborough Affordable Housing Office Only Helped 18 Low Income Families After Getting $19 Million in Grants
Although Florida’s Hillsborough County was awarded the grants in 2009, a report shows that only 18 families have been placed in affordable housing over the last 3 years.
The federal government has sent millions of dollars to Hillsborough County to help low income families live in decent housing under what is called the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Although the county was given the grant in 2009, a September report shows that the families that have been helped is less than you can count on your toes and fingers.
Hillsborough Commissioner Al Higginbotham says the county has to do better. Higginbotham says, “We have fallen short on delivering as a county government, through affordable housing to families looking for help.”
The reason Higginbotham is upset is the 2009 Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant to the Hillsborough Affordable Housing Office was $19 million and since that time, it has reportedly been able to place only 18 families.
Higginbotham says that just doesn’t cut it.
According to Higginbotham,”Three years, $19 million, 18 families… yes they can say can say they are proud of it. I commend them for their good work, but we have fallen way short in this objective to get families into homes that are affordable.”
via WTSP 10 News
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