Valerie Crowder

At least 90% of structures in Panama City were damaged in Hurricane Michael. One year later, city officials are about to resume code enforcement actions, and residential property owners say they’re ready for the city to begin cracking down on neglected lots that pose a health and safety hazard to their neighborhoods.

Bay County

Bay County’s long-term recovery plan is heading to county commissioners for approval as deadlines for federal housing aid draw closer. 


Cream Brick House rests on a lawn of green grass.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM

Housing is scarce and evictions in the Panhandle are on the rise, leaving many with nowhere to go.

This antique store in Blountstown was severely damaged by Hurricane Michael. (October 2018)
Ryan Dailey / WFSU-FM

Hurricane Michael has damaged and destroyed thousands of homes and apartments in the panhandle and what’s left isn’t enough to meet the demand. Now FEMA is offering up its “FEMA Trailers” to help address the need.

A house under construction
Nick Ares / flickr.com

Rezoning a section of land in Northeast Leon County is on hold after commissioners received documents hours before a planned vote.

A house under construction
Nick Ares / flickr.com

A potential zoning change pending before the Leon County Commission has got Northeast residents angry. Leon County like much of Florida is experiencing a housing boom, and much of that new development is occurring in the Northeast. But area residents are expressing concern about the high density communities coming online in areas that were previously green spaces.

New Yard On The Block

May 31, 2017
Muhammad Mahdi Karim via Wikimedia Commons

The developer of an apartment complex in Tallahassee’s All Saints neighborhood wants to take the district back to its industrial roots.

Myers Park
Kate Payne

The City of Tallahassee is considering rezoning a part of the Myers Park neighborhood to allow for new housing. But some residents are worried how the plan could affect the historic district.

Tallahassee is an affordable place to live—if you’re a college student. That’s the bottom line from a report by the rental tracker service, Zumper.


Home sales are rising across Florida and so is the cost of rent. Many Floridians are stuck somewhere in the middle. Now a coalition of housing advocates are calling on the state legislature to steer more money into housing programs. For years the state’s housing trust fund has been used elsewhere.

Tallahassee may have finally hit its “student housing” peak. But it’s leaving non-students, and others with fewer options for where to live. Now  some city officials say the glut of student housing could lead to a transformation of the city’s housing market.

If you’re not a college student, options are limited when it comes to housing. Something Will Butler, President of the company that developed the College Town business center on Gaines street, acknowledges.

Tallahassee Woman Embezzles From Non-Profit

Jan 9, 2013

A Tallahassee woman has been charged with grand theft from a local non profit housing community.

Tallahassee Police said for nearly a year Latangee Hart the former property manager at the Maryland Oaks Mobile Home Park, stole 11 thousand 4 hundred and forty dollars.  Jenny Anderson, a resident of the housing community, called the news devastating.

“For you to steal from people who take everything pretty much what they got to pay, to put a roof over their kids heads, you’re low, you’re low, and you don’t deserve to even be around here,” Anderson said.

Tallahassee No. 6 for foreclosure rates

Jul 13, 2012

Foreclosures are on the rise and the state of Florida is outpacing others with the most cites dealing with the foreclosures crisis. A list compiled by Forbes magazine and Realty Trac, shows the Sunshine state taking up nearly half the list.

Out of 20 metro areas across the country, Florida is taking the lions share with eight cities seeing a serious uptick in Foreclosures, including its capital, Tallahassee. Daren Blomquist is with the foreclosure listing site RealtyTrac.