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03/19/2020

PUBLIC NOTICE - Resources Available During COVID-19 Crisis


Dear SPHA Clients,  

The St. Petersburg Housing Authority is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 to provide our clients and residents with the most up-to-date information on closures, available assistance, and governmental protocol.

These St. Petersburg organizations and non-profits are currently offering help to families in need of food, supplies, and healthcare due to increased shortages and lockdowns:

The St. Petersburg Free Clinic is open and providing free food and healthcare. Pre-bagged pantry items are available and the clinic is working on reducing wait times and ensuring clients are appropriately spaced out. For information, visit https://stpetersburgfreeclinic.org/ or call (727) 821-1200 or (727) 327-0333.

Beginning March 23 until March 27, the Pinellas County School District will be providing free breakfast and lunch to anyone 18 years old or younger. Children must be present to pick up the meals and a full list of locations and times is available at www.pcsb.org/coronavirus.

With longer school closures recently announced, additional food distribution is in the works and we will keep you updated as new information becomes available.

PCSD will also be distributing digital devices (laptop computers, etc.) to students for schoolwork on Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25. School-specific distribution times will be sent to families on the afternoon of Monday, March 23 via School Messenger.

For those facing unemployment due to layoffs and business closures, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is operating the Reemployment Assistance Service Center, information on which can be found at http://floridajobs.org/job-seekers-community-services.

Through March 27, SPHA will also be observing shortened work hours to promote social distancing at the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The updated hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

During this time, SPHA is following health officials' advised practices and encourages the community to do the same. Anyone needing to contact SPHA are urged to do so via email, phone or United States Postal Service, rather than in-person.

The situation with COVID-19 is evolving rapidly and we are following developments closely and will update tenants, landlords, employees, and all those SPHA conducts business with, as necessary.

Public Housing: For more information, contact SPHA at (727) 323-3171.

Residents of Jordan Park Apartments should dial EXTENSION 250.

Residents of Clearview, Disston, Gateway, Romayne, Sunset Oaks, Saratoga, and Palm Bayou Apartments should dial EXTENSION 239 or 238.

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8): Housing Choice Voucher Program participants should contact SPHA at (727) 323-3171, press option "1" and follow the prompts.  

For questions and concerns related directly to COVID-19, visit CDC.gov or FloridaHealth.gov. FDOH is also operating a 24-hour COVID-19 hotline that can be reached by calling 1-866-779-6121.

All information listed above

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