The St. Pete City Council Thursday voted to explore ways the city could increase the availability of legal support for tenants, especially those facing eviction.
An emerging housing crisis in the city was exacerbated in recent years by the COVID-19 pandemic and rapidly rising rents and inflation in the Tampa Bay area. Groups like the St. Petersburg Tenant’s Union formed in the pandemic’s wake to assist struggling renters, especially those facing eviction, often linking them with legal services to help stop or settle eviction disputes. Those services are similar to those Council Member Richie Floyd hopes the city will provide.
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