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Oct 24

‘Why Would I Be a Section 8 Landlord?’: A Presentation to GCREIA

Posted on October 24, 2016 at 8:11 am by Dawn Corrigan

On September 20, 2016, Pensacola Housing staff members Marcie Whitaker and Dawn Corrigan were the guest speakers at the monthly meeting of the Gulf Coast Real Estate Investors Association, an education, information and advocacy group for real estate investors, speculators, landlords, flippers, and property managers.

The presentation, entitled “Why On Earth Would I Want to Be a Section 8 Landlord?,” provided an overview of the Housing Choice Voucher Program from a landlord’s perspective.

Approximately 30 local real estate investors were on hand to listen to the presentation and ask questions about the advantages and disadvantages offered by the Section 8 rental assistance program. Staff also provided information about HUD-VASH, the voucher program for homeless veterans.

Pensacola Housing is grateful to association president Daniel Upshaw, and to the whole GCREIA group, for the opportunity to meet with them.

Local real estate investors who are interested in more information about the program can call program manager Dawn Corrigan at (850) 858-0324.

The slideshow for the September 20 presentation is available here.
Oct 13

Housing Employees Honored at September 2016 Employee Recognition Event

Posted on October 13, 2016 at 11:54 am by Dawn Corrigan

On September 28, 2016, several Pensacola Housing employees were honored at the City’s monthly Employee Recognition Event.

First, Demetrius Pettway, customer service representative for the Inspections Department, was named the City’s September Employee of the Month. Mr. Pettway was nominated by several housing employees after an incident at the Housing Division in late August. Demetrius and another employee, Bill Daughdrill, were alone in the Inspections area when Demetrius realized Bill was in distress and struggling for air. Drawing on his military training, Demetrius quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver, staying with Bill until he was able to speak again.

Mr. Daughdrill retired from public service in September. We’re happy he’s here to enjoy his retirement, and wish him the best!

In addition, customer service representative Jea Plana was recognized for a year of service with the City. Ms. Plana became a permanent member of the Housing team on September 14, 2015. In her work with Housing she wears many hats, including receptionist, phone agent, accounts payable, quality control, and administrative support for the Housing Choice Voucher team.

Congratulations, Demetrius and Jea!

Sept 2016 Employee Recognition

Left to Right: Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward, Jea Plana, Demetrius Pettway.

Sep 27

Back to the Basics: A Fair Housing Informational Workshop

Posted on September 27, 2016 at 10:16 am by Dawn Corrigan


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On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, the Escambia-Pensacola Human Relations Commission (EPHRC) will host “Back to the Basics,” a Fair Housing informational workshop designed to introduce and re-educate landlords regarding Fair Housing law and provide knowledge of landlord/tenant basics.

The Pensacola Housing Division is proud to be listed as a partner in presenting this workshop, along with Legal Services of North Florida (LSNF).
The workshop will run from 9 am until 12 pm, is free and open to the public, and will take place at the offices of the Pensacola Association of Realtors (PAR), located at 107 West Main Street in downtown Pensacola.

If you have any questions, or to RSVP, please call (850) 437-0513 or email

Many thanks to EPHRC, LSNF, and PAR for putting the workshop together. We hope to see you there!