SPHA Helps Public Housing Resident Celebrate the Holidays
SPHA's Adopt-A-Family program made this holiday season a little happier for one St. Petersburg family living in public housing. Click here to read more.
Perry Park Dedicated in Commissioner’s Memory
SPHA recently held a ceremony to dedicate the playground area of Clearview Park Apartments, 3200 37th Avenue North in St. Petersburg, as Perry Park. The park is named in memory of former Commissioner Lorraine Perry, who was a long-time member of the SPHA Board of Commissioners, a community leader at Clearview Park Apartments, and an advocate for affordable housing. Click here to read more.
SPHA Hosted Event to Help Residents Stop Smoking
SPHA hosted a two-hour free event for Public Housing residents in support of the American Cancer Society’s “Great American Smokeout” on November 20 at Disston Place Apartments in St. Petersburg. The event’s goals were to encourage residents to stop smoking and to share with them the tools they need to stay tobacco free. Click here to read more.
DHA Receives High Score
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently advised the Dunedin Housing Authority (DHA) that it scored 98 out of a possible 100 points on the Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) interim evaluation for fiscal year 2013. This score means that DHA continues to hold HUD’s High Performer status, the highest designation achievable. Click here to read more.
Valerie Roberts Joins SPHA Board of Commissioners
Valerie Roberts was sworn in as the newest member of the St. Petersburg Housing Authority (SPHA) Board of Commissioners at their October 23 regular meeting. As a public housing resident, Commissioner Roberts will represent tenants’ interests on the board, making sure their perspective is considered in all SPHA business. The seven-member Board of Commissioners is SPHA’s governing body, responsible for oversight and policy-making. Click here to read more.
SPHA Awarded More Housing Vouchers for Homeless Vets
SPHA will soon make housing available to 45 more homeless veterans in the St. Petersburg area. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently awarded the additional Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers to SPHA, bringing the total count of vouchers in this program to 275. Click here to read more.
The Housing Homefront Newsletter – Fall 2014 is now available!
SPHA has just released its Fall 2014 edition of The Housing Homefront. Click here to read more.
SPHA Receives Award from National Insurance Group
For the fourth consecutive year, the Housing Authority Insurance (HAI) Group has selected an SPHA program as one of the best in the nation. The HAI Group named SPHA’s Community Policing and Crime Prevention program as the First Runner Up in their 2014 Best Practices and Housing Authority Risk Retention Innovation Awards Competition. SPHA is one of only two housing authorities in the United States to receive this year’s awards. Click here to read more.
SPHA Helps Kids Finish Education, Get Jobs
This summer, SPHA is working with local community partners, including CareerSource Pinellas and the Boley Centers, to provide job training and employment opportunities for underprivileged youth. Through these partnerships, SPHA currently is providing 27 at-risk young adults with on-the-job training and real-life work experience. Click here to read more.
SPHA Resident Selected to Receive College Scholarship
SPHA is helping pave the path to higher education for one housing authority resident. Ms. Jyaira Moore was selected from a national pool of applicants from to receive a $2,500 college scholarship from the Housing Authority Insurance (HAI) Group.
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Housing Authorities Celebrate Fathers
On Saturday, June 14, local housing authorities are encouraging economically disadvantaged fathers to take a more active role with their children. The Clearwater Housing Authority (CHA), the Dunedin Housing Authority (DHA), and the St. Petersburg Housing Authority (SPHA) are hosting Father’s Day 2014, a free event for housing authority residents only that will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the playground at Jordan Park (1245 Jordan Park Street South).
This event is not open to the general public. Click here to read more. Click here for the event flyer.
SPHA 2013 Audit Reveals Zero Findings
SPHA is proud to announce that its independent external auditor has reported zero findings for the agency’s fiscal year 2013 audit. This marks the seventh consecutive year that an audit of SPHA has concluded with zero findings. Click here to read more.
SPHA Renews Contracts for Housing Assistance
The SPHA Board of Commissioners recently renewed its contracts to provide rental housing assistance to residents of Pinellas Hope II in Pinellas Park and Serenity Towers in South Pasadena. Click here to read more.
SPHA’s Section 8 Program Earns Perfect Score,
Receives Highest Honor
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) notified SPHA on May 1 that its Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)/Section 8 program earned 100 percent on the FY 2013 Section 8 Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) evaluation.
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Introducing New SPHA Commissioners
Former St. Petersburg City Council member James (Jamie) Bennett and public policy advocate Ayele Hunt recently were sworn in as the newest members of the St. Petersburg Housing Authority (SPHA) Board of Commissioners. Click here to read more.
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