Check Out the Latest Housing Homefront Newsletter
The Housing Homefront is SPHA's agency newsletter, and the Fall 2015 issue is hot off of the presses. Read about how SPHA is working to save taxpayer dollars and our efforts to house veterans, as well as more agency news. Click here to download (PDF).
SPHA Board Update
On Thursday, October 22, Ms. Jo Ann Nesbitt was sworn in as the newest member of the SPHA Board of Commissioners. The SPHA Board of Commissioners is tasked with developing the agency’s policies and goals. Board members are unpaid volunteers, serving four year terms.
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Two SPHA Residents Selected for College Scholarships
SPHA is helping pave the path to higher education for its residents. Ms. Latoyia Benjamin and Ms. Jacqueline McKnight were selected by the Housing Authority Insurance (HAI) Group from a national pool of applicants to receive a $2,500 college scholarship each for the fall semester of the 2015‐2016 academic year. Click here to read more.
SPHA Is Featured in Florida State Homes
Florida State Homes recently featured our programs on their website in an article called "St. Petersburg Housing Authority: Providing A Better Future Through Housing." To learn more about the resources that they have available for the home buying, selling, and owning processes, click here.
SPHA Provides Summer Jobs
This summer, SPHA is providing on-site job training and temporary employment to 32 local, at-risk young adults, in partnership with CareerSource Pinellas’ Tampa Bay YouthBuild program and Boley Centers’ Summer Youth Intern program.
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Two SPHA Programs Recognized as Nation’s Best
For the fifth consecutive year, the Housing Authority Insurance (HAI) Group has named SPHA programs as among the finest in the United States. Out of a national pool of submittals, the HAI Group selected two of SPHA’s programs as award winners in their 2015 Best Practices and Housing Authority Risk Retention Innovation Awards competition. Click here to read more.
SPHA Evaluated with Top Results
Last week, SPHA received the results of its annual Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) / Section 8 program evaluation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the initial report from its independent external auditor for fiscal year 2014. In both areas, SPHA received top results. Click here to read more.
SPHA Makes Housing Vets Its SOP
Housing veterans has become the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for SPHA. On Thursday, May 28, SPHA’s Board of Commissioners voted to award 23 vouchers to Boley Centers, Inc. and Catholic Charities, Diocese of St. Petersburg, Inc. to help house local military veterans. The two non-profit organizations were selected from responses to a Project-Based Voucher Request for Proposals (RFP) for Veterans, issued by SPHA earlier this year. Click here to read more.
Community Partners on Playground Upgrades
On Saturday, May 16, community members came together to upgrade and celebrate Perry Park, the playground area of Clearview Park Apartments, 3200 37th Avenue North in St. Petersburg. The Environmental Ownership Committee of the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Incorporated’s Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter added new mulch to the playground and planted pink roses in memory of former SPHA Commissioner Lorraine Perry, for whom the park was named. Click here to read more.
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