Youth Aging Out of Foster Care find housing opportunities with PCHA

October 26, 2010

Beginning November 1, the Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA) will be implementing their new Section 8 Voucher preference for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care in Pinellas County.  This preference will provide housing for those youth that are aging out of foster care as long as they are also eligible for PCHA’s Section 8 Voucher program. 

According to the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare, youth aging out of the foster care system need safe, stable and affordable housing.  There is no single funding stream for youth housing therefore, it is important to tap into a variety of funding streams to meet the housing needs of young people.  Housing Authorities are an invaluable collaboration to provide housing and housing resources for those exiting foster care.

PCHA receives awards at statewide housing conference

August 30, 2010 The Florida Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (FAHRO) recently awarded the PCHA with a 2010 Best Practices Award for Implementing Green Initiatives. Since 2009 when PCHA’s Board of Commissioners committed to becoming more environmentally conscious by incorporating “Implementing Green Initiatives” as part of the agency’s 5-year Strategic Plan, the PCHA has …

PCHA provides ACCESS to residents!

May 13, 2010

PCHA has partnered with the Florida Department of Children and Families ACCESS (Automated Community Connection to Economic Self-Sufficiency) program as a self-service site.

PCHA’s Resident Services & Programs Department located at 11479 Ulmerton Road in Largo will provide equipment such as computers, printer, phone and fax to assist residents when applying for various government assistance programs like temporary cash assistance, Medicaid and food stamps.  The ACCESS program will be operational in June 2010. 

PCHA’s Magnolia Gardens attracts national attention for its exceptional model of services

April 16, 2010 

PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDAMagnolia Gardens Assisted Living Facility (ALF) is one of the nation’s innovative affordable assisted living properties and is leading the way in societal change in senior care.  MIA Consulting Group, Inc. partnered with the Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA) are working together to implement a unique model of affordable housing in an assisted living facility, helping to change national policy on care for low-income seniors.

Conchy Bretos, CEO and founder of MIA Consulting Group, Inc., launched her company in 1995 in an effort to create a model that provides services to low-income seniors and disabled adults living in public housing.

PCHA opens new Home Ownership Resource Center

Owning a home seems out of reach for so many people, especially in today’s economy. Even with declining home prices, for many in affordable and assisted housing, the dream of owning their own home is just that – a dream.  

Rabon Sanders knows all too well about circumstances getting in his way for the proverbial American Dream.

Self-employed for 23 years, owning an accounting business and then consumer electronics business, Sanders had it all:  family, career, success, health.  And then a rare disease called Post-Polio Syndrome from a sickness he had when he was three years old, caused his body to gradually weaken until he lost his ability to walk.  Not only did he lose his ability to walk, he lost his health, his family, his business and his money.