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In an effort to secure money, mini-bus tour for lawmakers showcases affordable housing

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November

Walmart worker Melissa McComish never dreamed she could afford to own a home.

But with the help of a state trust for low-income housing, the Clearwater single mom with two children obtained a no-interest loan and bought a trim three-bedroom house with a back yard.

"It's the biggest blessing ever," said McComish, 46, adding that she used to be homeless. "I never could have gotten here without help."

Two state lawmakers and several legislative aides heard that story and more Tuesday and Wednesday as affordable housing advocates took them on mini-bus tours of Pinellas County.

The Low-Income Housing Leadership Network organized the tours to showcase properties built with money from the state's Sadowski trust, an affordable housing fund that lawmakers have raided the past four years to pay for other things.

The effort is a response to lawmakers who say they hesitated to allocate money to the state's low-income housing funds because they didn't know how the money was being spent.

Read more here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 5:47pm]

    

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