On Thursday, September 29, Rev. Dr. Basha P. Jordan, Jr. was sworn in as the newest member of the St. Petersburg Housing Authority (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.
Board Chairperson Delphinia Davis said, “We are proud to welcome Commissioner Jordan to our board. As the grandson of Elder Jordan, Sr. for whom Jordan Park was named, he has a unique connection to our community and will be an important voice on our board as we move forward. ”
As an ordained minister for 39 years, Commissioner Jordan is the founder of Hope Alive Ministry Deliverance Fellowship/House of Hope, which helps inner city residents find hope and inspiration. He established his ministry in St. Petersburg in 2004, and he also serves the local community as a member of the St. Petersburg chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Jordan Park Nostalgic Association, the Seven by Seven evangelistic movement, and a group of St. Petersburg pastors who pray together weekly known as The Gathering. Commissioner Jordan received his Doctorate of Ministry in 1984 from Drew University, and he earned certification as a Supervised Addictions Counselor in 2002. Additionally, he is a contributor to the Weekly Challenger newspaper and WRXB-AM radio station as an addictions expert.
Commissioner Jordan said, “God called me to move from Baltimore to St. Petersburg to serve on His behalf and to build upon the legacy of my grandfather, Elder Jordan, Sr. I’m thankful that the mayor was moved to give me this opportunity.”
Jordan Park Apartments is the oldest public housing property in the City of St. Petersburg, and it was redeveloped under a federal HOPE VI grant in 2001. For the past 15 years, Jordan Park Apartments has been owned by a private developer, Jordan Park Development Partners. SPHA currently is working to buy back the property with the plan to make significant improvements. As of September 2016, the owner has agreed to give SPHA the property for $0, with the stipulation that the original negotiated sales price of $400,000 will be immediately reinvested at Jordan Park. SPHA is working in partnership with the City of St. Petersburg and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to move the deal toward closing as soon as possible.
SPHA operates under Chapter 421 of the Florida Statutes as an independent quasi-governmental entity and a political subdivision of the State of Florida. While the Mayor of St. Petersburg appoints the board members and city council approves the appointments, SPHA is not a department of the City of St. Petersburg and receives no city, county, or state funding. SPHA’s income is derived from tenant rents, federal subsidies, grants, investments, and inter-agency contracts.
SPHA board meetings are open to the public and are held at 10:00 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month, except in July and December, at 2001 Gandy Blvd. North, in St. Petersburg. More information, including meeting agendas and minutes, can be found here.