As the leading provider of affordable housing in St. Petersburg, SPHA operates three major housing programs and serves approximately 4,000 households. On this page, you can learn more about our housing programs and related services:
- Affordable Housing - Operated without federal funding, SPHA's Affordable Housing Program is a rental housing option for individuals and families who struggle to afford market-rate apartments, but who do not receive housing subsidies through Housing Choice Vouchers/Section 8 or Public Housing. Rents are set at below-market rates to make the apartments affordable for working families, and certain income restrictions apply.
- Public Housing - Established by the federal government to provide decent, safe and sanitary rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly and persons with special needs, Public Housing is an option for those with incomes up to 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). SPHA owns and operates the Public Housing properties in our portfolio, and the federal government provides funding through subsidies. Public housing tenants typically pay 30 percent of their adjusted monthly income for rent.
- Housing Choice Vouchers - The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, also known as Section 8, is the largest affordable housing program in the United States and is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The HCV Program provides rental assistance to families, the elderly, and persons with special needs who have incomes up to 80 percent of the Area Median Income. Program participants typically pay 30 percent of their monthly income for rent.
Housing Choice Vouchers enable participants to receive a subsidy, while leasing from their choice of landlords in the private market. These vouchers can also move with the tenant (portable). Project-Based Vouchers (PBV) are similar to Section 8 vouchers, except they are tied to the units (not portable).
SPHA also offers programs to help house families in need and to provide our clients with a path that leads beyond affordable housing and into independence, including homeownership:
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