Dunedin Housing Authority
The Dunedin Housing Authority (DHA) was created in 1966 to provide safe, decent and affordable housing for low-income residents within its jurisdiction, which includes the city of Dunedin and a 10-mile radius of the city.
A governing body of commissioners, made up of five volunteers who are appointed by the Mayor of Dunedin and confirmed by the City Commission, develops the policies and goals of the housing authority.
However, DHA is not a city department, but is an independent quasi-governmental entity and a political subdivision of the State of Florida, operating under Chapter 421 Florida Statutes. DHA’s income is derived from tenant rents, federal subsidies, grants, and investments. DHA does not receive operating income from the city of Dunedin, Pinellas County, or the state of Florida.
DHA is an Equal Opportunity Housing Provider.
Current Dunedin Housing Authority Board of Commissioners:
David Kelly, Chair
Regina Lawrence, Vice Chair
Shirley James, Commissioner
David Thinel, Commissioner
DHA Board Meetings
Regular meetings of the DHA Board of Commissioners are scheduled for the following dates and times. All meetings are open to the public and will be held at the Dunedin City Hall, 542 Main Street, Dunedin, FL, unless otherwise indicated. Please click on the link next to the date listed below to download the PDF of the DHA Board of Commissioners meeting agenda, as available.
2013 Board Meeting Schedule
- Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. (agenda, minutes)
- Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - MEETING CANCELED DUE TO LACK OF QUORUM
- Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. (Annual Meeting agenda; Public Hearing agenda; Regular Board Meeting agenda; minutes)
- Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. (agenda)
- Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at 3:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at 3:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 3:30 p.m.
2012 Board Meeting Schedule
- Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. (agenda; minutes)
- Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. (Annual Meeting agenda; Public Hearing agenda; Regular Board Meeting agenda; minutes)
- Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. (agenda; minutes)
- Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. (agenda; minutes)
- Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. (agenda; minutes)
- Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. (agenda; minutes)
2011 Board Meeting Schedule
- Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. (agenda; meeting minutes)
- Tuesday, February 22, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. (agenda; meeting minutes)
- Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. (Annual Meeting agenda; Public Hearing agenda; Regular Board Meeting agenda; minutes)
- Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. (agenda; meeting minutes)
- Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. (agenda; meeting minutes)
- Tuesday, August 23, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. (agenda; meeting minutes)
- Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. (agenda; meeting minutes)
- Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. (agenda; meeting minutes)
Latest DHA News
For the latest DHA news, check out our "Local Voices" blog on the Dunedin Patch!
DHA Properties - Fairway Gardens Apartments
DHA owns and operates Fairway Gardens Apartments, located at 30 Lady Mary Drive North and 110 Lady Mary Drive North in Clearwater, within DHA’s jurisdiction of the city of Dunedin and a 10-mile radius outside of it. There are a total of twelve one-bedroom/one-bathroom units
(approximately 650 square feet) and eight two-bedroom/one-bathroom units (approximately 750 square feet) in the development. Renovations by DHA include fresh paint, updated cabinetry and
countertops, new flooring, and HVAC.
Affordable Housing Units
Five units at Fairway Gardens Apartments are reserved for qualified families as part of DHA's Affordable Housing program. Offering rental units at below-market rates, Affordable Housing is a great low-cost option for the general public and Housing Choice Voucher holders. This program receives no federal funding. Income restrictions apply.
Two beautiful and recently renovated two-bedroom affordable apartments are available for rent now at Fairway Gardens Apartments. The monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment is typically $650.00, but a “ONE MONTH FREE” move-in special is being offered for a limited time. Interested renters may choose to either take the first month’s rent free or to spread the free month over the first year of the lease, reducing rents to as low as $596.00 per month for the first year. Rent also includes trash, lawn care, and pest control. On-site laundry facilities are available to residents.
The security deposit is $500.00 and is due at lease signing along with the first month’s rent. No application fee is required. Housing Choice Vouchers are accepted.
To apply, please contact our management office at 727-446-1045, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please note that the management office is closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on weekdays for lunch.
Please click on the links below to download the informational flyer and application for Fairway Gardens's affordable apartments:
For more information, please visit the Fairway Gardens website at www.fairway-gardens.com.
Public Housing Units
DHA is leasing 15 of the units at Fairway Gardens Apartments to Public Housing eligible families with incomes from zero to 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). Please click here for more information on income limits (PDF).
DHA’s Public Housing program was established under federal guidelines to provide decent, safe and sanitary rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly and persons with special needs. This program is dependent on funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
CURRENTLY, OUR PUBLIC HOUSING WAIT LIST IS CLOSED. If you already are on the wait list and would like to check your status, please click here.
Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy for Public Housing
Community Partnerships - Eco Village
In partnership with the City of Dunedin and the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County, DHA made a donation of two parcels of land in 2007 to the Pinellas County Land Trust for the development of an affordable, workforce housing project, now called "Eco Village." Twenty-five town home units will be constructed by the developer, Planet Green Group, on the land, which is located on the northeast and southeast corners of Douglas Avenue and Lorraine Leland Street. The town homes will range in size from 1,100 to 1,300 square feet and sell to qualified homebuyers for approximately $120,000 to $160,000. The new homes will not be public housing, and no government subsidy will be available. Eco Village is the nation’s first, affordable LEED certified net zero energy town home development, and DHA is proud of our role in making this housing possible!
For more information on Eco Village, please click here.
Following are pictures from the August 1, 2012, groundbreaking ceremony:
DHA Annual Plan
DHA's draft 2014 Annual/5-Year Agency Plan is available for public review. Please download the files below:
DHA's 2013 Annual/5-Year Agency Plan has been submitted to HUD for approval. Please click here to download a copy of the plan (PDF).
If you have questions regarding DHA's annual planning process, please call Melinda Perry at 727-
323-3171, ext. 223.
SPHA/DHA Interlocal Agreement
In August 2009, the St. Petersburg Housing Authority (SPHA) and the Dunedin Housing Authority (DHA) embarked on a partnership to share resources as part of an interlocal agreement under SPHA’s Economies of Scale (EOS) program. Under the agreement, SPHA provides executive management services and operations oversight to DHA.
In 2012, SPHA and DHA were honored for "Collaborations in Developing Fairway Gardens" with the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials' (NAHRO) "Award of Merit in Housing and Community Development," as a result of their partnership.
For more information on the nationally recognized Economies of Scales Program, please click here.
DHA in the Media
What Are Your Thoughts on Affordable Housing?
- Dunedin Patch's Local Voices Blog, April 24, 2013
Dunedin wants to sell 20 public housing apartments to Clearwater - Tampa Bay Times, April 3, 2013
Dunedin Looks to Sell Affordable Housing to Clearwater - Dunedin Patch, April 3, 2013
Net-zero townhome project finally coming to fruition in Dunedin
- Tampa Bay Times, November 17, 2012
City Leaders Move to Approve Design for Low-Income Green Homes - Dunedin Patch, November 16, 2012
October is Housing America Month - Tampa Bay Newswire, October 18, 2012
October is Housing America Month - Dunedin Patch's Local Voices Blog, October 17, 2012
DHA: Don’t Miss Out On A Great, Affordable Apartment - Dunedin Patch's Local Voices Blog, September 5, 2012
Housing Authorities Honored with National Award - Maddux Report, August 21, 2012
Housing Authorities Honored with National Award - Dunedin Patch's Local Voices Blog, August 21, 2012
Nation's First Net-Zero Energy Housing Planned - Old Northeast-Downtown St. Pete Patch, August 2, 2012
Affordable Green Homes Break National Ground - Dunedin Patch, August 1, 2012
Planet Green Group Announces First Affordable Net Zero Energy Townhome Project in Nation - The Financial, July 31, 2012
Green Homes To Break National Ground - Dunedin Patch, July 30, 2012
5 Local Voices You Should Meet - Dunedin Patch, June 30, 2012
Pinellas housing authorities hold Saturday event for dads and kids - Tampa Bay Times, June 13, 2012
Housing Authorities Celebrate Responsible Fatherhood - Maddux Report, June 11, 2012
Housing Authorities Celebrate Responsible Fatherhood - Dunedin Patch's Local Voices Blog, June 11, 2012
Long-delayed affordable townhome project getting under way in Dunedin
- Tampa Bay Times, April 14, 2012
Springing Into More Housing Opportunities
- Dunedin Patch's Local Voices Blog, April 4, 2012
A Look at 5 Certified 'Green' Projects in Dunedin
- Dunedin Patch, February 7, 2012
Rent Now at Fairway Gardens and Pay Less!
- Dunedin Patch's Local Voices Blog, January 19, 2012
Opportunity for Local Artists - Dunedin Patch's Local Voices Blog, January 4, 2012
What Is the Dunedin Housing Authority and Why Does It Own Apartments in Clearwater? -
Dunedin Patch's Local Voices Blog, December 14, 2011
Affordable Apartments Open House Saturday - Clearwater Patch, November 18, 2011
Open House for Affordable Apartments Slated This Week - Dunedin Patch, November 15, 2011
Affordable Apartment Open House at Fairway Gardens Apartments - Dunedin Patch, November 9, 2011
Open House at DHA’s Fairway Gardens Apartments - Dunedin Patch, November 7, 2011
Affordable housing units in Clearwater can't find tenants - St. Petersburg Times, November 4, 2011
Affordable Housing Seems A Tough Sell - Dunedin Patch, September 8, 2011
Residents Set to Move Into New Public Housing - Dunedin Patch, May 26, 2011
Dunedin Housing Authority set to open 20-unit complex in Clearwater - St. Petersburg Times, April 14, 2011
Chamber learns about all things green - Tampa Bay Newspapers, March 24, 2011
Dunedin Housing Authority Announces 2012 Plan, Opening of Wait List - Dunedin Patch, February 25, 2011
New Affordable Housing Prepares for Tenants - Dunedin Patch, January 10, 2011
Dunedin Housing Authority buys Lady Mary apartments - Gulf Coast Business Review, November 12, 2010
Housing authorities establish partnerships, savings - The Weekly Challenger, September 10, 2009
Housing authorities in St. Petersburg, Dunedin form partnership - Tampa Bay Business Journal, September 1, 2009
Photos of Fairway Gardens I and II
Fairway Gardens I, 30 Lady Mary Drive N.
Fairway Gardens II, 110 Lady Mary Drive N.
Renovated Living Room at Fairway Gardens
|Renovated Kitchen at Fairway Gardens