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PCHA and the Pinellas County Public Defender’s Office Win NAHRO Award!

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We are very excited to announce that the Pinellas County Housing Authority and the Pinellas County Public Defender’s Office (PCPDO) won a National Merit Award from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.  The Award was recently presented at the 2014 NAHRO Summer Conference in Tampa!  The honor and award were for Program Innovation for the development of the Home of Hope in the category of Resident and Client Services.  Mr. Bob Dillinger, Pinellas County Public Defender; Joseph Triolo, PCHA Board Chairman; and Debra Johnson, PCHA executive director were on hand to receive the award from NAHRO officials.

The innovative and exciting results of this program stem from ability to do more than simply provide housing to those in need, but to also form long-lasting working partnerships with other public entities that strive for the same goal.  The Home of Hope provides housing and other forms of housing-type assistance for the clients of the PCPDO who are trying to re-establish themselves.  The clients are guided with the help of a case manager, and provided various community contacts for additional services and/or aids to assist them with the transition to self-sufficiency.

The NAHRO Agency Awards Program was created to give national recognition to the achievement and innovation of NAHRO agency/organizational members throughout the country; to provide additional opportunities to inform the public of the best in housing and community development; and to create a resource bank of information on significant, innovative activities performed by housing and redevelopment agencies and community development departments (nahro.org).

Congratulations to both agencies, and much continued success to Home of Hope!

PINELLAS COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY ONE OF 24 NATIONWIDE TO RECEIVE SPECIAL FUNDING TO PROVIDE HOUSING TO HOMELESS VETERANS

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced $7 million to 24 local public housing agencies across the country to help homeless Veterans find permanent housing.  As a result of a nationwide competition for the vouchers earlier this year, the Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA) has been awarded $111,093 for first-year funding to provide project-based HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) assistance to 16 homeless veterans at HEP West in Clearwater, FL.  The funding commitment will exceed $1M to PCHA as these vouchers will be provided by HUD annually for a minimum of ten years to support the Project-Based Voucher contract with HEP.  The C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center will provide case management and clinical services provided by VA.  PCHA currently administers 315 HUD-VASH vouchers for homeless veterans in Pinellas County.

“We are tremendously honored to have been selected by HUD to provide these project-based vouchers to homeless veterans in Pinellas County.  Our partnerships with the C.W. Bill Young Veterans Medical Center and Homeless Emergency Project will assure that we continue to work toward providing affordable housing to homeless veterans in a caring, supportive environment as they receive the services and care that they need moving forward,” said PCHA Board Chairman Joseph Triolo.

The new PCHA-HEP partnership will provide the HUD-VASH vouchers to Homeless Emergency Project’s

HEP West Apartments, located at 1101 Holt Avenue in Clearwater.  HEP-WEST was constructed and put into service in June 2012 and consist of 32 fully furnished one bedroom, one bath apartments.  Each unit is approximately 500 square feet and features a full bath and a fully functional kitchen with Energy Star appliances.  The property includes design features that provide for resident safety, privacy and security including exterior lighting, security cameras/video surveillance, fencing, fire protection sprinklers and assigned parking.  In addition to the case management and clinical services provided by the VA, HEP-West provides a full time case manager and an employment specialist to assist these veterans as they work toward self-sufficiency.

“We’re very thankful to be one of 24 housing authorities in the nation selected to participate in this program, and we’re excited about our ability to assure the continued sustainability of the HEP-WEST program, and most importantly, our ability to provide housing and supportive services to additional homeless veterans in Pinellas County,” said Debra Johnson, PCHA’s executive director.

 

Attention All Contractors... Learn How to do Business with PCHA!

Contractors should call now to reserve a seat for a free workshop to learn how to do business with the Pinellas County Housing Authority.  The workshop will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014 beginning at 3:00 pm at our offices located at 11479 Ulmerton Road in Largo. 

This workshop is especially geared toward potential vendors and contractors, and will provide in-depth information and guidance on navigating PCHA’s procurement process.

Workshop participants will learn about:

  • IFB, RFP, RFQ’s and the bidding process,
  • Section 3/MWBE certification, and
  • Davis-Bacon requirements

All contractors are encouraged to attend.  Please call now to reserve your seat!

To RSVP please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (727) 443-7684, Ext. 3030.

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