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Rental assistance goes unspent; shopping scams; local sports; Dashing Through Downtown

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Recent reports show hundreds of millions of dollars in rental assistance funds to Florida residents went unspent.

OUR Florida, the state-run program formed to distribute federal rescue funds, spent only 24% of the $870 million in federal pandemic rental assistance it was granted by Sept. 30 of this year. The state says it is working to distribute the funds.

Meanwhile, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid was recently granted $2.4 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to support legal assistance for low-income tenants at risk of eviction.

Guest:Jim Kowalski, president and CEO of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid.

Shopping scams

New scams target shoppers each year as the holiday shopping season kicks off.

Community First Credit Union is working to help its members and the entire North Florida community look out for these slick scams and protect themselves.

Guest: Lyndsie Burchett, director of fraud prevention, Community First Credit Union.

Local sports 

WJCT Sports Analyst Josh Torres joined us with updates on all the local professional and college sports teams.

Guest: Josh Torres, WJCT sports analyst.

Dashing Through Downtown

Dashing Through Downtown, a five-day QR Code Scavenger Hunt designed to encourage the community to support local businesses and enjoy the Holiday Decor in Downtown, kicks off today.

Guest: Haley Wright Tinkle, events manager for Downtown Vision Inc., is on the line now to explain how it works.

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Katherine Hobbs was Associate Producer of talk shows at WJCT until 2022.