If you live in a SPHA Public Housing property, here are the resources and forms to help you as a tenant.
- What is Public Housing?
Public housing was established by the federal government under the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers federal aid to local housing agencies, like SPHA, that manage the housing for low-income residents at rents they can afford. SPHA owns and manages six Public Housing properties throughout St. Petersburg.
- What is the most I can earn and still be eligible for Public Housing?
Residents can earn up to 80 percent of the Area Median Income. See the Maximum Qualifying Income Limits HERE.
- What is the least I can earn and still be eligible?
There is no minimum income requirement for Public Housing applicants.
- How is rent determined?
Households pay approximately 30 percent of their household’s adjusted gross income, if all household members qualify.
- What do I do if my income changes?
If your income changes, please contact SPHA’s Property Management Office immediately. The property manager will calculate the change in your rent. You must notify the property manager by the 15th of the month for the change to be effective on your next month’s rent. Click HERE for the interim change packet.
- What is SPHA’s role as landlord?
SPHA is responsible for the management and operation of our Public Housing properties. SPHA’s ongoing duties include: assuring compliance with leases; collecting monthly rents; setting other charges (e.g., security deposit, excess utility consumption, and damages to unit); performing reexaminations of the family’s income at least once every 12 months; terminating leases when necessary; and maintaining the development in a decent, safe, and sanitary condition.
- What is my responsibility as a Public Housing tenant?
Residents in Public Housing properties must comply with their leases. You and a representative from SPHA’s Property Management Office should go over the lease together. This will give you a better understanding of your responsibilities as a tenant and SPHA’s responsibilities as a landlord.
- What are my rights?
You have the right to dispute decisions about your lease agreement or housing regulations. Please contact the Property Management office for more information about the grievance process.
- What do I do if I’m having problems with a neighbor at a Public Housing property?
If you are having problems with one of your neighbors, please share your concerns with law enforcement, if applicable, and with a representative from SPHA’s Property Management Office to determine the appropriate next steps.
- How do I report suspected fraud?
SPHA encourages the reporting of suspected fraud by residents, clients, and vendors. You can report suspected fraud by filling out the form HERE and submitting it to SPHA. You also may call 727-323-3171, ext. 211, to make a report. You may remain anonymous.
- Does SPHA offer any programs to help with job training or education?
Yes, SPHA offers financial assistance to pay for training courses for Public Housing residents. SPHA also helps residents apply for college scholarships. You can learn more here.
Rent is due on the first of each month. If rent payment is not received by the fifth of the month, a $30 late fee will be added to the resident’s account.
- To pay rent, you can set up an automatic debit with the Property Management Office to have your portion of the rent automatically deducted from your bank account each month.
- You also may mail it to the St. Petersburg Housing Authority at P.O. Box 22949, St. Petersburg, FL 33742.
Work Orders / Requesting Repairs
Program Forms and Information
|Form Name & Link||Description|
|Interim Change Form||The Interim Change Form should be completed at any time a tenant has a change in income and/or household composition.|
|Personal Declaration Form||The Personal Declaration Form is required for all new public housing residents prior to tenancy and thereafter at their annual recertification review.|
|TVIP Application||If you would like to apply for a position in the Tenant Volunteer Incentive Program (TVIP), please complete this application. Participating residents receive Community Service hours or a stipend in exchange for delivering notices, picking up the property, opening and closing the laundry rooms and pools, and cleaning the laundry room. You can also fill out our online form here.|
|Community Work Requirement||If you are required to complete community service hours each month as part of your lease, SPHA can help find volunteer opportunities for you. This is a list of community service resources that may help.|
|Income Limits and Verification||Income limits for public housing and vouchers are set by the government. They change every year and are different in different parts of the state and for different sized families.|
|Accessibility Accommodations||SPHA will, upon request, provide a reasonable accommodation to help ensure that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability is excluded from participating in, or denied the benefit of, any agency program. Disabled residents may request an accommodation or physical modification of their unit, building, or surrounding grounds. The request should be made to the Property Management Office.|
|Public Housing Admissions & Continued Occupancy Policy||This is the policy that governs the administration and operations of SPHA’s Public Housing program.|
|Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity||SPHA believes that all people should have equal access to the housing of their choice and conducts our business in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing law. For more information about fair housing and your rights, please visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Fair Housing / Equal Opportunity website at www.hud.gov/fairhousing|
|Section 3 Training request form||If you are interested in receiving assistance with tuition for job-training courses or classes, please download and complete this form. See the “Education and Employment for Residents” section below for more instructions.|
Education and Employment for Residents
Section 3 Resident Training Fund
Public Housing residents in good standing are eligible to receive assistance with tuition for job-training courses or classes through SPHA’s Resident Training and Education Fund. To apply for assistance, download the Section 3 Training Request form, complete it, and bring it along with your student registration documentation to SPHA’s Leasing Office at 3940 55th Street North (between unit 101 and 103), St. Petersburg, FL 33709. Once you complete the form and are verified as a resident in good standing, SPHA staff will contact the training provider/school to verify the class and to arrange payment for it. Please be advised that SPHA must deem the training to be appropriate and maintains complete discretion when making funding decisions.
With rising tuition costs and unemployment rates, SPHA understands that many of our residents simply cannot afford to pursue some educational opportunities. Our staff works to help interested students living in Public or Section 8 Housing apply for national and local collegiate scholarships.
- St. Petersburg College (SPC) Scholarships, including several Foundation Scholarships, are offered to SPHA public housing residents annually – http://www.spcollege.edu/scholarships
- pTEC Scholarships
- Step Up For Student Scholarship Program