Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA) continues to forge ahead with its positive direction and commitment to the strategic action goals set forth by its Board of Commissioners. The first six months of 2012 were extremely busy and exciting as the agency experienced tremendous momentum in moving forward with the financing and planning for Pinellas Heights, the new mixed-financed, 153 unit senior community. Pinellas Heights will be constructed adjacent to PCHA’s existing central office on Ulmerton Road in Largo, Florida and will replace a vacant and aging commercial strip center. The demolition of the commercial strip center is scheduled for July. Prior to demolition, PCHA is donating any useful items from the strip center to Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store. The official closing on the financing is scheduled to take place in August with construction groundbreaking shortly thereafter. The financing for the project will be provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County, the City of Largo, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, and the Pinellas County Housing Authority. The new one and two bedroom apartment homes designed for occupancy by seniors 62 or older will be ready for occupancy in early 2014. Residents of the new community will pay only 30% of their monthly income toward rent.
PCHA to Host Second Annual Fathers Focused on Family Event for Public Housing Families
This week the Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA) will host its second annual “Father’s Focused on Family” Father’s Day event for families living in two of the agency’s largest public housing communities. Over 500 children live in these two communities. The first Focused on Fatherhood celebration will take place on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at the Rainbow Village community in Largo. The second celebration will take place on Friday, June 15, 2012 at the French Villas community in St. Petersburg.
HUD’s Father’s Day Initiative was developed in response to the stark socio-economic data indicating how children and youth are being negatively affected by father absent homes. Last year, the first year HUD kicked-off the Father’s Day initiative, 209 Housing Authorities from 33 states held Father’s Day events that combined supportive services with promoting fatherhood to strengthen families. An estimated 22,000 fathers, children, mothers and many others participated in events that local public housing authorities held all over the nation.
Pinellas County Housing Authority Hosts Free Prospective Landlord Workshop
Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA) will host a workshop to introduce prospective landlords to the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm. Property owners with available rentals in PCHA's area of operation, which include unincorporated Pinellas County and the following cities: Largo, Oldsmar, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Kenneth City, Bellair, Palm Harbor, Pinellas Park, Safety Harbor, and Seminole, who are interested in finding out more about the HCV programs and how to participate, are invited to attend.