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Welcome to the Pinellas County Housing Authority

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Executive Director's Message

Welcome to the Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA) website!  We hope that you will use this website to learn more about the programs and properties that we operate in Pinellas County, about the goods and services that we seek from community businesses, and as a way to communicate with us.

PCHA serves approximately 8,500 Pinellas County residents on a daily basis as tenants residing in the properties we own and operate, and through the rental subsidies we pay for families living in the private rental market.  We are very proud of our long history of accomplishment in serving Pinellas County residents as well as of the partnerships we have developed and maintained to provide the best quality services to our clients.

It is the commitment of every PCHA employee to provide the highest quality service to the residents of our communities and the customers we serve.  We also believe in providing avenues of opportunity for resident self-sufficiency by aggressively pursuing partnerships with public and/or private entities to allow for the implementation of programs beneficial to them.

Take a moment and browse our website for more information about PCHA, our Board of Commissioners and the programs and services that we provide.  Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information or if there is something that you cannot find.

It is a tremendous honor and a privilege to serve as the executive director of such a dynamic organization.  Thank you for allowing us the privilege of serving you!


Debra Johnson, PHM, CMPO, CME

Executive Director


What We Do

Pinellas County Housing Authority has been helping local families meet their housing needs since 1965. Established under Chapter 421, Florida Statutes, the Pinellas County Housing Authority is an independent special district of the State of Florida. Originally created “to address a shortage of safe dwelling accommodations in Pinellas County available to persons of low income at rentals they can afford,” the Authority continues to focus its efforts on creating, providing and increasing affordable housing opportunities to Pinellas County residents. Whether through its leasing, management and maintenance of PCHA’s owned portfolio of housing, or through the administration of various rental subsidy programs, or the coordination of first time homebuyer and household budgeting services to homeowners and prospective owners, the Pinellas County Housing Authority remains committed to its mission. 


Our Leadership Team

The Pinellas County Housing Authority is led by a senior management team with over 30 years of experience in the public and affordable housing industry.  Our team takes pride in assuring accountability, operational efficiencies, and compliance with regulatory requirements while providing the best service to the citizens of Pinellas County. 

Rhonda Allen, Director of Purchasing and Contracts

Omar Arce, Director of Construction Services

Regina Booker, Chief Operating Officer

Angela Clute, Modernization and Special Projects Manager

Ray DiRusso, Director of Compliance

Elisa Galvan, Director of the Housing Choice Voucher Program

Kelly Hale, Affordable Housing Portfolio Manager

Phyllis Holmes, Public Housing Portfolio Manager

Debra Johnson, Executive Director

Hugo Lotti, Director of MIS

Debbie Martin, Chief Financial Officer

Leslie Plassman, Human Resources Manager

Stephanie Rinkenberg, Executive Office Manager

Finance and Accounting

Debbie Martin, Chief Financial Officer

Under the direction of the Chief Financial Officer, the Accounting department performs the accounting, payroll, budgeting, and audit coordination for all areas of the Housing Authority.  Monthly financial reports for each program area are prepared in comparison to annual budget for review by the executive director and presented monthly to the Board of Commissioners.  An annual external audit is conducted to ensure the Authority’s financial statements are fairly stated and comply with generally accepted accounting principles.  For accounts payable questions, please call 727-443-7684, ext. 3133.

Public Relations

The PCHA Communications department supports the mission and good work of the housing authority by promoting internal and external communication and activities that create positive relationships and partnerships within our community.  Our goal is to create an awareness of PCHA's valuable services among our residents, employees, the media and other constituents. For press or media inquiries, please call (727) 443-7684 ext 3137.


Housing Choice Voucher

Elisa Galvan, Director of Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Housing Choice Voucher program, also known as Section 8, is HUD’s major program for assisting low and very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. The Housing Choice Voucher program enables families to locate housing of their choice, where property owners are willing to participate and where the rents are reasonable.


Human Resources

Leslie Plassman, HR Manager

The Human Resources department is responsible for activities such as planning, directing, and coordinating personnel management; risk management; regulatory compliance and, payroll and benefits administration for approximately 80 PCHA employees.  The department is also responsible for developing and implementing procedures required for compliance with State and Federal regulations, Housing Authority policies and procedures as well as conducting and coordinating staff training programs.

For open employment opportunities, please view the Careers tab or email your resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Planning and Development

Omar Arce, Director of Construction Services

The Planning and Development Department works closely with contracted architects and compiles plans, specifications, feasibility studies, HUD applications and other projects associated with capital improvements and repairs of PCHA’s owned properties.   The department coordinates new development, routinely makes recommendations for capital improvements, and monitors all modernization construction activities by personal inspection to ensure work quality and that work schedules are met.


Procurement and Contracting

Rhonda A. Allen, Director of Purchasing and Contracts

Working with PCHA offers new opportunities to use your know-how, develop new markets, and expand existing ones. When you work with PCHA, you'll be working with one of the top housing authorities in the nation.

PCHA's Procurement and Contracting Department procures a wide variety of materials, supplies, equipment, construction and professional services for all agency programs to insure their continued successful operation.  the department conducts all procurement activity and contract administration in full compliance with the Federal standards as stated in 24 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 85.36, and the Housing Authority’s Procurement Policy.

Resident Services and Programs

Regina Booker, Chief Operating Officer / Director of Resident Services and Programs

The Resident Services and Programs (RSP) department is responsible for coordinating a myriad of services and resources to enhance resident economic and social self-sufficiency and the quality of life for residents living in a PCHA community and those participating in the agency’s Housing Choice Voucher program.

The RSP department works to provide residents with opportunities for employment, certifications, scholarships and public and private services as well as Section 3 business certifications.

The RSP department continues to develop new and strengthen current relationships with service providers, faith-based organizations, public transportation, and local government agencies to create support services/linkages to meet resident needs and to provide homeownership opportunities.  Scholarships have also been coordinated with the St. Petersburg College Foundation and through PHADA (Public Housing Authorities Director’s Association).  Please check back regularly for scholarship opportunities.

 For more information regarding Resident Services and Programs, including Section 3, please call 727-443-7684 ext 3050 or click here!

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