Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA) was recently honored as best in the state by the Florida Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (FAHRO) at its 2012 Annual Convention & Trade Show in Orlando.
The “Housing Authority of the Year” award recognized the housing authority that ranked highest for commitment to solving housing and associated community problems, innovation, industry involvement, affiliations with state and federal associations, awards received, and high performer designation from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
“This award is a testament to the strategic direction provided by PCHA’s Board of Commissioners and the dedication of PCHA’s extraordinary staff. This is just the beginning of what our team will accomplish” said executive director Debra Johnson. “We have been able to significantly improve the quality of life for residents by creating affordable housing opportunities and by coordinating community resources to help residents overcome barriers to self-sufficiency.”
FAHRO, which is comprised of more than 200 housing and community development agencies and associates, cited the outstanding affordable housing provided by PCHA.
“We are happy and honored to receive this award. This recognition is the result of a dedicated hard working staff focused on providing the best possible affordable housing. With the continued leadership of an exceptional executive director, I am excited to be a part of this great housing authority” said Joseph Triolo, Chairman of PCHA’s Board of Commissioners.
In a recommendation letter to FAHRO, Anthony Jones, director of the Housing Finance Authority and the Community Development Department for Pinellas County, wrote ” As the lead agency for affordable housing development in Pinellas County I can attest to PCHA’s drive, dedication and willingness to work for the people they are in business to serve”.
“The Pinellas County Housing Authority believes that when they help one family become self-sufficient, resources are made available to help another family in need. This philosophy is one that our agency shares and strongly embraces”, Jones wrote.
The PCHA creates housing opportunities for nearly 10,000 county individuals by utilizing public and private funding. Their focus is on providing affordable housing through the development, ownership, and management of properties and administration of rental subsidies.
For more information, visit www.pinellashousing.com.