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Interview: Some seniors face challenges as housing costs soar in Florida

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 15: A house is available for rent on March 15, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Single-family rental home prices are soaring and increased a record 12.6 percent in January compared to the previous year, according to new data from CoreLogic. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Skyrocketing rents and other housing costs are hurting many Florida residents, including seniors on fixed incomes.

Tamara West , a technical adviser with the nonprofit Florida Housing Coalition, spoke with WMFE's Joe Byrnes in late May about the challenges some  older renters are facing.

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Joe Byrnes came to WMFE/WMFV from the Ocala Star-Banner and The Gainesville Sun, where he worked as a reporter and editor for several years. Joe graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and turned to journalism after teaching. He enjoys freshwater fishing and family gatherings.