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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

07/05/16: Chasing The Dream;; Brit Rose Foundation


Chasing the Dream

The deplorable conditions at the local low-income housing project Eureka Gardens captured national headlines when it came to light residents were living with dangerous mold, leaky gas pipes, and dilapidated stairs.

For poor people in Jacksonville, finding housing that’s both affordable and livable can be hard to come by. Finding shelter often means settling for dangerously run-down apartments and dealing with the constant threat of eviction.

WJCT's "Chasing the Dream" series examines what housing is available when you’re poor and what’s being done to help against a public housing system that’s underfunded nationwide.

Last week we heard stories of low-income Jacksonville residents looking for or living in affordable housing.

Today we speak with George Eckenrode, owner of White Collar Management, and a landlord for Section 8 voucher and other low-income tenants on Jacksonville's Northside.

It can be a challenge both locally and nationwide for interested political candidates to find open positions, deadlines, and learn the requirements for elections.

Only two percent of Americans run for office, and 40 percent of state legislature races in the U.S. go uncontested.

To make the process more accessible, the newly launched site is working to give citizens from all backgrounds the tools needed to start running for political office.

Jim Cupples, co-founder of, joins us with more about the site.

Brit Rose Foundation

We speak with Tori Sherpa, founder and owner of the Brit Rose Foundation, a First Coast nonprofit focused on suicide prevention, mental illness and bullying.

Sherpa started the foundation following the suicide of her daughter, who had bipolar disorder.

The foundation runs an online boutique clothing store, and donates the proceeds to educational support programs for families who struggle with mental illness, suicide or bullying. 

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