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Posted: 1/17/2014
Emergency assistance available to help residents pay electric bill

Hillsborough County has funds immediately available to assist low-income residents with payments of delinquent electric bills through its Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

Qualifications

Low-income households may qualify if they meet the following criteria:

  • Have a total household gross income below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Reside in Hillsborough County
  • Are a U.S. Citizen, qualified alien or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Have a recent past due or final notice energy bill

Additional requirements may be necessary for eligibility determination. Applicants will be informed of these requirements at the time of application.

How To Apply

Applicants will need to bring the following information with them to one of the five Neighborhood Service Centers listed below:

  • Proof of income for all household members for the last 90 days. This proof can be a pay check stub, employer letter, public assistance check, Supplementary Security Income check, unemployment check or a pension check stub.
  • Proof of home energy obligation or electric bill
  • Picture identification
  • Proof of Hillsborough County residency, such as: valid driver’s license with current address, a letter from your landlord or mortgage company, voter’s registration card, etc.
  • Birth Certificate for anyone under 18
  • Social Security cards for all household members

Neighborhood Service Centers Locations and Phone Numbers

  • Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center, 3402 N. 22nd St. in Tampa, 813-272-5220
  • Plant City Neighborhood Service Center, 307 N. Michigan Ave. in Plant City, 813-757-3871
  • Ruskin (SouthShore) Community Resource Center, 201 14th Ave. SE in Ruskin, 813-671-7647
  • University Community Resource Center, 13605 N. 22nd St. in Tampa, 813-975-2153
  • West Tampa Neighborhood Service Center, 2103 N. Rome Ave. in Tampa, 813-272-5074


Hillsborough County’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded program offered by the Department of Family and Aging Services. For more information, contact one of the above neighborhood service centers or 813-272-6770.

Posted: 1/15/2014
Florida DCF awarded more than $4.4-million in grant to serve homeless

The Emergency Solutions Grant will support funding for shelters statewide

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) today announced they were awarded the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) totaling $4,457,094 to serve homeless families and individuals by providing emergency housing, outreach efforts and prevention services throughout Florida.

“The grant allows us to continue to reach homeless individuals and families and those at-risk of losing housing,” Interim Secretary Esther Jacobo said. “All Floridians deserve a place to call home. By investing in this vulnerable population, we are insuring children’s most basic needs are being met and we’re giving adults an opportunity to thrive and become self-sufficient.”

ESG awards will be distributed by DCF to shelters and outreach organizations statewide. Seventy-four nonprofits agencies and government entities will receive funds to continue the programs that meet their communities’ needs. More than 14,000 unsheltered homeless persons, or individuals and families at-risk of losing housing will be served by the grant. Funds will be distributed in the following program areas:

  • $153,196 awarded for outreach services to connect unsheltered homeless persons with local housing and supportive services.
  • $2,295,306 awarded for prevention services which focus on persons currently in permanent housing but are at risk of losing their houses; or to re-house individuals who recently lost shelter find permanent rental housing.
  • $2,008,592 awarded to help improve the quality and quantity of emergency shelters for homeless persons and to fund essential supportive services for those individuals in need of assistance to improve their situations.

ESG funds are awarded annually through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for five program components: street outreach, emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing assistance and data collection through the Homeless Management Information System.

For more information on the Florida Department of Children and Families, please visit www.myflfamilies.com.

Posted: 1/14/2014
Temple Terrace Town Hall Meeting to be held at Raintree
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TEMPLE TERRACE – Downtown redevelopment and other important issues will be the focus of a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 in the Raintree subdivision.

The meeting will be start at 6 p.m. in the Raintree Manor Clubhouse, 11802 Wildeflower Place, located within the Raintree subdivision off Fowler Avenue. Mayor Frank Chillura and City Council members will be on hand, as well as key staff members and department heads, to answer questions about City services and operations.

Town Hall meetings are held periodically to give Temple Terrace residents a chance to meet with elected officials and City staff in a casual setting, where they may ask questions, share experiences, air complaints or offer suggestions for improving municipal services.

All residents are encouraged to come out, ask questions and share their thoughts on Temple Terrace. For more information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at (813) 506-6440.

More Temple Terrace news...

Posted: 1/10/2014
City of Tampa Announces Proposals for Redevelopment in Historic Ybor City

The City of Tampa has announced that it received proposals to redevelop two city-owned parcels in historic Ybor City.

"The two RFPs released were aimed at stimulating development that would complement the surrounding neighborhood and that would bring new economic opportunities. Each proposal offers unique ideas for re-energizing the parcels," said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "I am looking for partners who recognize Ybor’s history and want to help fulfill its potential."

The first RFP targets the northeastern corner of E. 7th Ave and Nuccio Parkway to be purchased and developed into a hotel. The City of Tampa received two proposals for this project. Those proposals were submitted by YC Hospitality, LLC and Liberty Group.

The second RFP is for the purchase of a property located along 12th Avenue between 16th and 17th streets with the intent of creating a new multi-family residential development. The City of Tampa received one proposal to develop this parcel, which was submitted by Intown/Framework Group.

Background

The City of Tampa released two Requests for Proposals (RFPs) on December 6, 2013 aimed at generating new economic opportunities in Ybor City.

Since spring 2011, the City of Tampa has released three other major RFPs for redevelopment of city-owned properties: Water Works Building, Classic Federal Courthouse, and a parcel adjacent to the Tampa Riverwalk.

Posted: 1/6/2014
"A Night in Foreverland" will benefit Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay
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The Straz Center will be the location of a valentine fundraiser benefiting the Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay. The "Be Mine: A Night in Foreverland" benefit on Feb. 6th at 6:30 pm will celebrate the joy of families found and the hope of those yet to come. Guests will enjoy food, festivities, and a unique love-inspired auction just in time for Valentine's Day. Hear amazing stories from forever families and waiting children.

Complimentary Valet Parking and Open Bar. Cocktail or Business Attire.

This event sold out last year, so get your tickets early. Exciting sponsorship opportunities are available now! Please contact Melissa Twomey at 813-314-2021 or by email at mtwomey@camelotcommunitycare.org to learn more about corporate and individual sponsorships.

Information and online ticket purchase

Posted: 1/6/2014
Help UACDC Paint the Town!
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What does it take to transform the most at-risk community in Hillsborough County into a stable, prosperous neighborhood? There’s only one way: we "Make it Happen" together!

UACDC and our community partners are seeking volunteers and organizational groups to join us on Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 8:30AM to 2:00PM to show our sense of community pride.

“Paint the Town!” is an event to allow community residents and an army of volunteers to come together to show what can happen when you pair belief with a willingness to roll up your sleeves and invest some sweat equity into transforming our community.

Whether you can paint, sweep, rake or put trash in a bag, we’re asking you to step forward and show that you care about the future of the University Area Community, and the people who call it home.

To register an individual or a team of volunteers for “Paint the Town!” click on the link below to visit the volunteer sign-up page or contact Anna Lejnar.

Click here to register...

Contact

AnnaLejnar,, alejnar@uacdc.org
phone:(813) 558-5212.


Posted: 1/2/2014
Children's Board to dedicate board room in honor of Colleen Bevis
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A leading children's advocate, Colleen Bevis influenced and continually fought for the educational and human service needs of children, particularly those at risk. Mrs. Bevis joined her local Parent Teacher Association (PTA) in 1951, eventually becoming local, county, and state president as well as serving on the national PTA board. In 1987, the cooperative school program for severely emotionally disturbed students at the University South Florida's (USF) Department of Child and Family Studies was officially named the Colleen Lunsford Bevis School by both USF and Hillsborough County School Board in recognition of her work. In 2000, the School Board of Hillsborough County voted to name an elementary school in her honor.

Ms. Bevis was a leader in the creation of the Children's Board of Hillsborough County and later served as a Board Member of the Children's Board from 1996-2001.

What: Board Room Dedication Ceremony Honoring Colleen Lunsford Bevis
When: Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 5pm - 6pm
Where: Children's Board of Hillsborough County, 1002 E. Palm Ave., Tampa, 33605

Posted: 12/16/2013
Free PREVENT Obesity training for childcare providers – Jan. 28th
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Hillsborough County is happy to announce that it will offer the next free PREVENT Obesity training course:
• Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
• 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
• Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department
• Mango Recreation Center, 11717 Clay Pit Road, Seffner, Florida 33584

This training will be facilitated by Alina Soto, Florida Department of Children and Families Statewide Childcare Quality Liaison.

Training participants will receive two (2) hours of childcare license in-service training credit. This is a participatory training, attendees should come prepared to participant in group and individual activities.

Please RSVP your attendance as well as your staff, this is a free training limited to the first 200 participants.

Please RSVP your attendance to Jacquelyn Brown.

Should you need additional information, please contact Alina Soto.

More information about the PREVENT Obesity program

Posted: 12/16/2013
Hillsborough County shifts gears on funding for redevelopment

TAMPA – Hillsborough County is moving away from a plan to create special taxing districts to pump money into blighted areas such as the neighborhoods around the University of South Florida and Palm River.

County officials realized while studying the idea that the districts would raise too little money in the near term to pay for drainage improvements, sidewalks or other amenities that would make them attractive for redevelopment soon.

So the county is exploring a new idea: dedicating a portion of future property tax growth across the county to spruce up specific areas in need of a facelift. By capturing a portion of taxes all property owners pay, the county hopes to raise more money quickly, an idea commissioners seem to like.

Continued in the Tampa Bay Times...

Posted: 12/12/2013
Join the Celebration at Children's Board Family Resource Centers
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Bring the family to celebrate the season at your local Family Resource Center. Dates for holiday gatherings at each location are listed below. Please call the center nearest you and let them know that you would like to join them to celebrate the holidays!

BRANDON — December 14th, 11am-1pm
1271 Kingsway Road, Brandon, FL 33510 • 813-740-4634

CENTRAL TAMPA December 12th, 4-6 pm
1002 E. Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605 • 813-204-1741

EAST COUNTY — December 21st, 10am-noon
639 E. Alexander St., Plant City, FL 33563 • (813) 752-8700

NORTH TAMPA — December 14th, 11am-1pm
1401-A E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33612 • (813) 558-1877

SOUTH COUNTY — December 19th, 5-7pm
3030 E. College Ave., Ruskin, FL 33570 • (813) 641-5600

TOWN 'N' COUNTRY — December 17th, 5:30-7pm
7520 W. Waters Av., #8, Tampa, FL 33615 • (813) 356-1703

Learn more about the Children's Board Family Resource Centers

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