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Corporation to Develop Communities assistance programs of Tampa Bay region of Florida.

The local community action agency is Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, also known as CDC. The non-profit organization and its staff provide financial assistance across Hillsborough County Florida. While a number of services are administered, the focus is on addressing housing and employment issues in the region.

Housing assistance programs from CDC

Foreclosure Counseling and Prevention is for those that are having difficulty in making their monthly mortgage payment. Specialists from Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa will go over the different options with homeowners. A key for someone from the region is to ask for help early as the longer that homeowner waits, the fewer options they will have.

The non-profit CDC of Tampa Bay offers free weekly foreclosure prevention workshops followed by one-on-one counseling. All sessions held and assistance offered will come from highly certified foreclosure prevention specialists. They work with servicers, banks, and lenders, and all services are provided free-of-charge to those that qualify. Find a wide range of other resources for mortgage assistance in Florida.

One of the agencies available in Tampa Bay, that is a partner of CDC is the Florida Housing Finance Corporation as well as resources such as the Hardest-Hit Fund (HHF) and loan modifications. The assistance from the community action agency or its partners is for people from the state and county who are underemployed or unemployed through no fault of their own.

The staff at Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa and Hillsborough County aim to help qualified Hillsborough County homeowners by providing low / zero interest loans that are used as a form of mortgage assistance. They also assist with mediation, referrals to legal aid, workshops for struggling homeowners and more. Any type of assistance is paid directly to the applicants loan servicer/bank for those homeowners deemed eligible to participate.

 

 

 

Homebuyer Preparation will work with clients in an effort to make ownership opportunities available to low- and moderate-income families and individuals. CDC of Tampa operates as a federal government HUD-certified housing agency.

The counselors provide clients looking to buy a new home with assistance in obtaining financing, quality training and education, and they even offer post-purchase services including credit and budget counseling. Also get information on low interest loans for housing needs. The community action agency is a leader in providing this service to people from the city of Tampa and the greater Hillsborough County region.

Home repair programs, including free grants, may be offered to qualified low income households in Hillsborough County Florida. A major focus is on low income senior citizens, retirees, the disabled as well as people who have had their house damaged in a storm. There are free home repair as well as modification resources ranging from grants Corporation to Develop Communities to FEMA or even the state of Florida. Government aid and/or low cost loans are used. More on home repair grants.

Free budgeting, money management, and saving resources in Tampa Bay

Credit Counseling and Budget Management deals with a number of financial concerns that residents may have. Studies show that people that receive financial literacy education and credit counseling are much less likely to lose their homes to foreclosure. The agency has on staff a number of certified credit counselors and debt reduction specialists. They can help people take control of financial future concerns by working with them on different activities.

 

 

 

 

Services include help with creating a realistic monthly budget, improved credit scores, creation of a savings plan for both short and long-term financial goals, reduce and control credit card debts and usage, and information on consolidating predatory and payday loans.

Resources to help find a job or increase career skills

Career Resource Center provides assistance to the jobless and to low and moderate income residents. Case managers from Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa work with individuals that are facing the greatest challenges to finding fulfilling employment in Florida. Clients come from a wide range of backgrounds, but tend to fall among the hardest to employ. This can include people who have limited skills, job training, and access to resources in finding employment. Those that are hardest to employ also include TANF eligible clients, the ex-offender population, non-custodial parent, and domestic violence victims.

Community Action Agency staff can also be a legitimate resource for non-traditional jobs. The Corporation to Develop Communities can direct clients to stay at home jobs, side gigs, freelance websites and other tools. This type of jobs in Florida (or nationwide) can be a primary or secondary source of income. Find legitimate stay at home jobs.

The regional Youth Leadership Movement program offers activities that are attractive to teenagers and young people. The agency will work to foster their healthy development. Youth will be able to participate in workshops and actives around recreation, education, and job services.

Phone number to apply for Corporation to Develop Communities resources

The Corporation to Develop Communities (CDC) of Tampa and its staff offer other support as well. Contact to learn about government assistance (such as SNAP food stamps and housing vouchers) and more. Staff work to help the less fortunate, seniors, and disabled get the help they need. The address is 1907 E. Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa Bay, Florida 33610. Call (813) 231-4362.

By Jon McNamara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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