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On a recent afternoon, 71-year-old Milton Malphus walked into the community room of his senior apartment building to get some lunch. Sporting a flat-rimmed hat, basketball sneakers and a T-shirt covered in pineapples, Malphus said he dresses as young as he feels: 17.

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Hurricane Irma did a number on Earlene Kelly's home last year. Part of the roof on her Tampa home was ripped off, screens were torn to shreds and sections of the fence had fallen.

The storm hit just weeks after Kelly was told her car needed a new transmission. She had already been stressing over how to pay her mortgage, as her seasonal job as a reading instructor at Hillsborough Community College was coming to an end.

It was a perfect storm of circumstances, and it put Kelly out of the place she had called home for more than 20 years.

Cathy Carter

In the last four years, police shootings of unarmed young men have created tension between police and communities of color.

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The Tampa Housing Authority announced this week that it was approved for a federal grant that will help poor Floridians get better jobs.

The $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will connect people in public housing with education, training and job placement as part of the national Jobs-Plus Initiative.