The Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow vision plan was created by Mayor Jane Castor in 2019 to tackle the top priorities for Tampa’s future. Below is an overview of the five strategic goals including stories from members of our community.
Tampa is dedicated to increasing homeownership opportunities for residents at all income levels. Some strategies to increase housing affordability include:
- Setting a goal of adding 10,000 affordable housing units to the market by 2027
- Working with developers to provide City-owned lots for affordable housing through the Infill Housing Program
- Expanding the City’s homeownership assistance programs, including downpayment assistance through the DARE to Own the Dream program
- Prioritizing the maintenance and repair of existing homes through programs like the Owner-Occupied Rehab Program
To learn more about the City of Tampa’s housing assistance programs and services, visit www.tampa.gov/HCD.
Angela is a hardworking mother of three who has overcome a lot to achieve her American dream. She is from the Caribbean Island of Saint Thomas, but after hurricanes Irma and Maria destroyed her home, she decided to move to Florida. She started to rebuild her life in Tampa, working full-time to pay rent and provide for her children. Angela dreamed of having a safe place of her own for her kids to grow and play, but she didn’t feel financially ready to buy a home and she didn’t understand the process.
Angela worked with Solita’s House (a partner agency of the City of Tampa) and took homeownership classes through the City’s first-time homebuyer education program to learn the steps she needed to take. She also applied to the City of Tampa’s Dare to Own the Dream Program, which provides downpayment assistance to income-eligible homebuyers. Through this program, Angela and her sons received $100,000 towards the purchase of a new home, making her dream a reality. The home she moved into is also part of the City’s infill housing program, which provides City-owned lots to developers for affordable housing. Angela was brought to tears when she received the keys to her new home, thinking of the memories she will be able to make with her two older boys and her baby for decades to come.