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Pinellas County Housing Authority to Host Free Landlord Workshop for Rental Property Owners

Pinellas County Housing Authority will host a workshop that will introduce prospective landlords to the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance program on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm.  Property owners with available rentals, both single family homes and multi-family properties, in PCHAs area of operation for the program, which includes unincorporated Pinellas County and the following cities: Largo, Oldsmar, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Gulfport, Kenneth City, Belleair, Palm Harbor, Pinellas Park, Safety Harbor, and Seminole, who are interested in finding out more about the HCV program, are invited to attend. 

Join us to learn:

  •       How participation in the program can benefit property owners,
  •       Owner and tenant responsibilities,
  •       Unit requirements, and
  •       How to participate

Special Note:  PCHA is also seeking owners of handicap accessible properties to participate in the HCV program.

The workshop will be held at the Pinellas County Housing Authority’s central office which is located at 11479 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL  33778.  Please RSVP by calling (727) 443-7684, ext 3124.

For additional information on this workshop, as well as on other workshop opportunities that PCHA offers, please visit our website at


For the second time in three years, the Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA) was honored as Housing Authority of the Year by the Florida Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (FAHRO).   The “Housing Authority of the Year” award recognizes PCHA for providing outstanding affordable housing in Florida.

“We are delighted and honored to receive this award.  This recognition is the result of a dedicated and hardworking staff focused on providing the best possible affordable housing.  I am excited and proud to be a part of this great housing authority” said Joseph Triolo, PCHA Board Chairman. 

“We are overjoyed to have received this award and thankful to all of our partners who made it possible.  It is truly an honor to be recognized for something that we love to do” said executive director Debra Johnson.

FAHRO’s core mission is providing professional development for public, assisted, and other affordable housing in the state of Florida by offering a network for increased communication and education, as well as supporting legislation for the improvement and development of affordable housing and economic opportunities.  FAHRO membership includes more than 200 housing agencies, community development agencies, and associate members who work together to ensure that all of Florida’s citizens have clean, safe, and sanitary housing.

A number of PCHA’s community partners recommended PCHA as 2014 Housing Authority of the Year.   “PCHA has a creative and committed board and staff that are always willing to work with community partners to create new opportunities for affordable housing become a reality. PCHA is always in search of new innovative opportunities and partnerships to improve housing conditions for low income families and seniors, as well as the quality of their lives” said Pat Weber, Tarpon Springs Housing Authority Executive Director.

The PCHA provides housing opportunities for nearly 8,500 county individuals by utilizing public and private funding. PCHA’s focus is on providing affordable housing through the development, ownership, and management of properties and administration of rental subsidies.

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Community Service Foundation to Host Free Financial Fitness Workshop at Pinellas County Housing Authority

Community Service Foundation will provide a free Financial Fitness Workshop at PCHA’s Central Office located at 11479 Ulmerton Road in Largo. The two-part workshop series will be held from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, and from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

Attendees will learn how to complete a budget plan based on household income and monthly expenses. The workshop is designed for anyone who desires to save money and gain better control over their finances.  

The workshop will teach ways to:

  • reduce energy expenses
  • reduce monthly grocery bills
  • save on costly car repairs
  • take vacations for next to nothing
  • strengthen credit scores 

The workshops are open to the public. All PCHA residents are encouraged to attend. To register for the free workshop, please call Ms. Heather Rady at (727) 443-7684, ext. 3046. 

For more information about the Community Service Foundation please visit their website at  

For a complete list of free workshops at PCHA, please visit our website at  

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 (

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

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