ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – Tony L. Love, the Chief Executive Officer of the St. Petersburg Housing Authority (SPHA), has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board (HLB), a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) which focuses on homeless families, individuals, and unaccompanied youth. Mr. Love will serve as a Housing Authority representative on the board for a term ending in December 2017.
Mr. Love said, “At the St. Petersburg Housing Authority, one of our specific goals is to help homeless military veterans find sustainable housing and stability. I am confident that, together with the HLB, we can come up with collaborative solutions to do more for our veterans who have sacrificed so much for us all.”
SPHA currently works with federal partners, such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), to offer affordable housing programs for homeless military veterans.
One of those programs, known as HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), helps veterans move from the streets into sustainable housing through subsidized vouchers. With a HUD-VASH voucher issued by SPHA, homeless veterans are able to rent private sector apartments in St. Petersburg, contingent on their motivation to continue treatment and improve their individual circumstances. Since 2009, HUD has awarded a total of 275 HUD-VASH vouchers to SPHA, in addition to the regular vouchers allotted to the housing authority’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) / Section 8 program.
Another affordable rental option for local military veterans is SPHA’s HUD-funded Project-Based Voucher program. While similar in benefits to the HCV program, the project-based vouchers for military veterans are tied to specific housing units at properties owned by Boley Centers, Inc. and Catholic Charities, Diocese of St. Petersburg, Inc. SPHA also provides project-based vouchers for half of the efficiency units at the Pinellas Hope II housing facility.
In addition, SPHA has plans to build a brick-and-mortar apartment development for wounded veterans and their families. More information about these efforts and more can be found here.