Tampa Breaks Ground on New Affordable Housing Amidst Overwhelming Demand


Amidst the pressing need for affordable housing in Tampa, the city is taking a significant step forward with the groundbreaking of a new 188-unit development. With a staggering waitlist of 20,000 individuals seeking affordable housing, the project aims to address the critical shortage and provide hope to those in need.


West River Development Overhead

Tampa Housing Authority is undergoing a major transformation of the West River Community, with the groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. The $63 million project will feature a range of one, two, three, and four-bedroom units, catering to varying income levels.

The new development will allocate units based on income levels, ensuring accessibility for those earning 80%, 50%, and 30% of the area median income. The project marks a continuation of the city’s efforts, with over 800 mixed-income units already constructed and nearly 200 more nearing completion next month.

Dubbed Canopy Phase II, the project represents a significant milestone in the revitalization of the West River community. David Iloanya, Director of Real Estate Development at Tampa Housing Authority, envisions a vibrant and connected neighborhood, emphasizing the transformation from a community devoid of amenities to one filled with parks, trails, and a sense of community.

With Canopy Phase II slated for completion in 2025, the overall project aims to accommodate an estimated 2,000 mixed-income families, providing much-needed housing options for Tampa residents. Despite the challenges ahead, project leaders remain committed to the vision of a thriving, inclusive community.