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. View the current wait list information.
If you live in a SPHA Public Housing property, here are the resources and forms to help you as a tenant.
Rent is due on the first of each month. If your rent payment is not received by the fifth of the month, a late fee will be added to the resident’s account. SPHA offers many convenient ways to pay rent:
Program Forms and Information
Interim Change Form
The Interim Change Form should be completed at any time a tenant has a change in income and/or household composition.
Personal Declaration Form
The Personal Declaration Form is required for all new public housing residents prior to tenancy and thereafter at their annual recertification review.
If you would like to apply for a position in the Tenant Volunteer Incentive Program (TVIP), please contact your Management Office to find out if positions are available. If there is a position available, residents may complete this application. Participating residents receive Community Service hours or a stipend in exchange for conducting tasks that include but are not limited to, delivering notices, picking up the property, opening and closing the laundry rooms and pools, and cleaning the laundry room. You can also fill out our online form (online form coming soon).
Community Work Requirement
If you are required to complete community service hours each month as part of your lease, SPHA can help find volunteer opportunities for you. Click above for a list of community service resources that may help.
Income Limits and Verification
Income limits for public housing and vouchers are set by the government. They change every year and are different in different parts of the state and for different sized families.
SPHA may, upon request, provide a reasonable accommodation to help ensure that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability is excluded from participating in, or denied the benefit of, any agency program. Disabled residents may request an accommodation or physical modification of their unit, building, or surrounding grounds. The request should be made to the Property Management Office.
Public Housing Admissions & Continued Occupancy Policy
This is the policy that governs the administration and operations of SPHA’s Public Housing program.
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
SPHA believes that all people should have equal access to the housing of their choice and conducts our business in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing law. For more information about fair housing and your rights, please visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Fair Housing / Equal Opportunity website at hud.gov/fairhousing
Section 3 Training Request Form
If you are interested in receiving assistance with tuition for job-training courses or classes, please download and complete this form. See the “Education and Employment for Residents” section below for more instructions.
Education and Employment for Residents
Section 3 Resident Training Fund
Public Housing residents in good standing are eligible to receive assistance with tuition and/or costs associated with job-training courses or classes through SPHA’s Resident Training and Education Fund. To apply for assistance, download the Section 3 Training Request form, complete it, and bring it along with your student registration documentation to SPHA’s Leasing Office at 3940 55th Street North (between units 101 and 103), St. Petersburg, FL 33709. Once you complete the form and are verified as a resident in good standing, SPHA staff will contact the training provider/school to verify the class and to arrange payment for it. Please be advised that SPHA must deem the training to be appropriate and maintains complete discretion when making funding decisions.
With rising tuition costs and unemployment rates, SPHA understands that many of our residents simply cannot afford to pursue some educational opportunities. Our staff works to help interested students living in Public or Section 8 Housing apply for national and local collegiate scholarships.
Social Services Department
Do you need assistance with food, rent, or utilities? Contact one our Social Services Coordinators below: