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Housing Applicants

Any individual or family who wishes to receive SPHA housing assistance must first apply for admission to the housing program of their choice. Here is information to help you determine your eligibility and to answer your questions about the application process.

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Wait List Opening Announcements

Public Housing:

Clearview Park Apartments - Waiting is CLOSED
Disston Place Apartment - Waiting is CLOSED
Gateway Place Apartment - Waiting is CLOSED
Jordan Park Apartments - Waiting is CLOSED
Romayne Apartment - Waiting is CLOSED
Sunset Oaks Apartments- Waiting is CLOSED

Section 8:
The Section 8 Wait List is currently CLOSED.


How to Apply

Instructions for applying for Section 8

  • Applications for Section 8 vouchers will only be accepted when the waiting list is open. Currently, the list is closed, and SPHA is not accepting applications.
  • If you already are on the Section 8 wait list and would like to check your status, please click HERE.
  • SPHA staff will not inform applicants of their ranking. Applicants must find this information HERE.
  • If your log in for the OWL system is not working, you must e-mail the software Tech Support. 
  • If you need to make a change to your submitted application, applicants must notify SPHA in writing. Applicants cannot make changes via telephone.
  • You must keep your e-mail address you entered on the application ACTIVE, as SPHA may communicate with you via this address. Be sure you add @stpeteha.org to your ‘Safe Senders’ list on your e-mail account. If you have a change in e-mail address, you must notify SPHA in writing of your new e-mail address.
  • Please Note: Failure to submit a change of address will result in your name being removed from the wait list. Click HERE for the Change of Address form.

Instructions for applying for Public Housing

  • Applications for Public Housing will only be accepted when the waiting list is open.
  • When a wait list is open, applications must be submitted online at www.waitlistcheck.com/FL2738
  • If you already are on a public housing wait list and would like to check your status, please click HERE.
  • You must keep your e-mail address you entered on the application ACTIVE, as SPHA may communicate with you via this address. Be sure you add @stpeteha.org to your ‘Safe Senders’ list on your e-mail account. If you have a change in e-mail address, you must notify SPHA in writing of your new e-mail address.
  • Please Note: Failure to submit a change of address will result in your name being removed from the wait list. Click HERE for the Change of Address form.

Instructions for applying for Affordable Housing


FAQ

  • What’s the difference between Section 8 and Public Housing?
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has many programs that assist low-income families with housing costs. Section 8 offers vouchers for families to live in private market rental housing, while Public Housing consists of entire developments of housing authority-owned units. SPHA also offers affordable rentals through our Affordable Housing programs, which does not include any government subsidy.
  • Can I be on the wait list for both Section 8 and Public Housing? 
    Yes, you can apply for both programs.
  • Is there a wait list for Affordable Housing properties? 
    There is currently no wait list for the apartment complexes in our Affordable Housing program, but income limits do apply to potential applicants.
  • Regarding eligibility, do you give priority to particular groups? 
    Yes. We give priority to military veterans, working families, the elderly or disabled, and victims of domestic violence.
  • Must I pass a criminal background check to qualify? 
    Yes.
  • How much will my rent be in Public Housing or with a Section 8 voucher? 
    Households pay approximately 30 percent of their household’s adjusted gross income, if all household members qualify.
  • Do you have emergency housing or emergency assistance? 
    No. Unfortunately, SPHA does not have emergency housing or emergency assistance available. However, you can contact 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares for help.