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Homeownership Event to Help Home Buyers Navigate the Process


Amid an historically tight housing market, the City of Tampa is tackling the affordable housing crisis from every angle, including an upcoming Homeownership Event it will host this week.

On Saturday, June 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Tampa Convention Center, city staff will be joined by local industry experts to provide anyone interested in becoming a homeowner with valuable insight and advice about the many steps and factors involved in the home buying process and the available financial assistance programs available to income-eligible home buyers.

Real estate agents, lenders, insurance companies, among other housing professionals, will be hosting a series of workshops throughout the day, in English and Spanish, covering a wide range of relevant topics. City staff will also be providing guided bus tours of affordable properties in the City of Tampa. The properties are part of the City of Tampa's Infill Housing Program.

“Despite the housing challenges we have been hit with, we don’t want anyone to ever give up on their dream of becoming a homeowner in the city we all love and are proud to call home,” said Mayor Jane Castor. “Our housing programs continue to help individuals buy homes where they can live and thrive for generations, and we will continue to maximize our resources to make this possible for many more families. We encourage home buyers to attend the Homeownership Event where our team and partners will empower them with valuable information and knowledge to make their dream of homeownership a reality." 

Free parking will be available in the Tampa Convention Center garage. Event doors will open at 9:00 a.m., with the official kick-off with Mayor Jane Castor scheduled for 9:45 a.m. 

Interview opportunities previewing the event will be available Thursday, June 23, at 4:15 p.m. at the Tampa Municipal Office Building, located at 306 E. Jackson Street, Tampa, FL. Housing and Community Development Manager Kayon Henderson and DARE to Own the Dream program recipient Bryana Oliver, a mother of four who is days away from closing on her first home, will talk about her search for an affordable property and the city program that made it possible. Interested media crews must RSVP to Natalia Verdina by 2:30 p.m.