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SPHA Honored Nationally with Excellence in Housing Award
For the second time in three years, Nan McKay & Associates (NMA) has awarded SPHA with its highest honor. Just five housing authorities nationwide received recognition from NMA for their efforts in 2012, and SPHA was the only agency in the country to earn the prestigious 2012 Excellence in Housing Award. Click here to read more.
SPHA Helps Public Housing Resident Celebrate the Holidays
SPHA's Adopt-A-Family program made this holiday season a little merrier for one St. Petersburg family living in public housing. The housing authority provided wrapped Christmas gifts on Friday, December 21, to single mother Tanisha Lovett and her two daughters, ages two and six. Ms. Lovett’s third child is due in February 2013. The presents were purchased solely with personal donations from SPHA staff.
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October is Housing America Month
Mayor Bill Foster of the City of St. Petersburg and Mayor Dave Eggers of the City of Dunedin have declared October as “Housing America” month. The Housing America campaign, spearheaded by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) and supported locally by the Dunedin Housing Authority (DHA) and the St. Petersburg Housing Authority (SPHA), aims to inform the public and decision makers of the critical need to address the nation’s housing and community development concerns. Click here to read more.
Housing Authorities Receive National Merit Award
SPHA and the Dunedin Housing Authority (DHA) recently received national recognition for their achievement in revitalizing the local community. The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) honored the housing authorities with a 2012 Award of Merit in Housing and Community Development for Program Innovation: Community Revitalization. The award recognized SPHA and DHA’s collaboration in the development of the mixed-income Fairway Gardens Apartments as an innovative solution to address local housing needs. Click here to read more.
Getting to Work with SPHA’s Resident Training Initiative
Part of SPHA's mission is to help its residents achieve self-sufficiency. SPHA’s Section 3 Resident Training program is just one resource that assists residents living in public housing in becoming job-ready and provides them with access to jobs. Through a fund created by the federally mandated Section 3 program and maintained by contractor contributions, SPHA is able to help public housing residents pay for job training courses or classes. Click here to read more.
SPHA Honored By National Housing Authority Insurance Group
A program created by SPHA is one of just four in the United States selected by the Housing Authority Insurance Group (HAIG) to receive a commendation. SPHA is being honored for its “Smoking Risks Education Initiative for Public Housing Residents,” which has earned an honorable mention in the HAIG’s 2012 Best Practices and Housing Authority Risk Retention Innovation Awards competition. Click here to read more.
SPHA Announces Zero Findings for 2011 Audit
SPHA is proud to announce that independent external auditors have reported zero findings for the agency’s fiscal year 2011 audit. This marks the fifth consecutive year that an audit of SPHA has concluded with zero findings.
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SPHA Launches Demonstration Program to House
Aging Out of Foster Care
Working hand-in-hand with partners Camelot Community Care, Inc., Ready for Life, and Bay Area Legal Services, SPHA is now operating a demonstration program to house young adults who have aged out of foster care. The first two residents in this program moved into their shared apartment on June 1, 2012. 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. Mr. Michael Davis was selected from a nationwide pool of applicants to receive a $2,500 college scholarship from the Housing Authority Insurance Group (HAIG). Click here to read more.
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