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Lakmika Manawadu, Accounting Manager

The Accounting department performs the accounting, payroll, budgeting, and auditing functions for all areas of the Housing Authority.  Monthly financial reports for each program area are prepared in comparison to annual budget for review by the executive director and presented monthly to the Board of Commissioners.  An annual external audit is conducted to ensure the Authority’s financial statements are fairly stated and comply with generally accepted accounting principles.  PCHA’s accounting team is dynamic, highly skilled and takes great pride in their work as demonstrated by the timely preparation of budgets and submission of reports.

For accounts payable questions, please call 727-443-7684, ext. 3133.

 Housing Choice Voucher

Elisa Galvan, Director of Housing Choice Voucher Program 

The Housing Choice Voucher program, also known as Section 8, is HUD’s major program for assisting low and very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. The Housing Choice Voucher program enables families to locate their housing in the private rental market, where property owners are willing to participate and where the rents are no higher than the program guidelines.

Under the direction of a highly experienced and knowledgeable program director, PCHA’s HCV department is a HUD-designated “High Performing” program.  With a budget of over $25M annually, PCHA’s HCV department is staffed with 15 trained housing professionals, including an HCV compliance team to assure continued compliance with HUD regulations governing the HCV program.  The program assists approximately 2900 families and individuals with payment of a portion of their rent each month.  Several specialized HCV programs, including the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) and HCV Homeownership program are also administered by the department.

For more information about the HCV program, including contact information, please click here.


Ray DiRusso, Director of Compliance

The Director of Compliance develops procedures and manuals for investigating prospective and current residents/participants and trains other staff in such procedures.  In addition to conducting investigations, gathering materials and presenting investigative results in termination/ineligibility proceedings for drug-related and/or violent criminal activity, unauthorized occupancy, and unreported income, the Director is responsible for monitoring fraud debts, recoveries, and pursuing collections.  The Director is also responsible for ongoing quality control reviews, quality control inspections and management reviews to assure continued program compliance and integrity.

Human Resources

Leslie Plassman, HR Manager

The Human Resources department is responsible for activities such as planning, directing, and coordinating personnel management; risk management; regulatory compliance and, payroll and benefits administration for approximately 60 PCHA employees.  The department is also responsible for developing and implementing procedures required for compliance with State and Federal regulations, Housing Authority policies and procedures as well as conducting and coordinating staff training programs.

or email your resume to employment@pinellashousing.com.


Omar Arce, Director of Construction Services

The Modernization Department works closely with contracted architects and compiles plans, specifications, feasibility studies, HUD applications and other projects associated with capital improvements and repairs of PCHA’s owned properties.   The department consists of a highly trained, experienced and motivated team that routinely makes recommendations for capital improvements, and monitors all modernization construction activities by personal inspection to ensure work quality and that work schedules are met.

In addition to modernization and capital improvements, department staff also conduct routine property inspections in accordance with HUD’s Uniform Physical Condition Standards to assure the properties are maintained in good and safe conditions at all times, prepare the agency’s Annual and Five year plans, prepare and monitor capital improvement budgets, 504 assessments, ADA modifications, physical needs assessments, energy audits and programs, and reasonable accommodation requests.

To contact the modernization department, please call (727) 443-7684 ext. 3049.

Procurement and Contracting

Rhonda A. Allen, Director of Purchasing and Contracts

The Procurement and Contracting Department is critical to PCHA’s mission as it procures a wide variety of materials, supplies, equipment, construction and professional services for all agency programs to insure their continued successful operation.  Under the direction of a seasoned procurement professional, the department is comprised of highly trained and experienced staff who conduct all procurement activity and contract administration in full compliance with the Federal standards as stated in 24 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 85.36, and the Housing Authority’s Procurement Policy.

PCHA Procurement and Contracting Department provides for the fair and equitable treatment of all persons or firms involved in the purchasing process; assures that supplies, services and construction are procured efficiently, effectively and at the most favorable prices available to the PCHA; promotes competition in contracting; provides safeguards for maintaining a procurement system of quality and integrity; and assures that PCHA purchasing actions are in full compliance with applicable standards, HUD regulations, as well as state and local laws.

For more information on current procurement opportunities or to register as a vendor, please click here.

Resident Services and Programs

 Regina Booker, Chief Operating Officer

PCHA’s newly established Resident Services and Programs (RSP) department is responsible for coordinating a myriad of services and resources to enhance resident economic and social self-sufficiency and the quality of life for residents living in a PCHA community and those participating in the agency’s Housing Choice Voucher program.

The RSP department works to provide residents with opportunities for employment, certifications, scholarships and public and private services as well as Section 3 business certifications.

Under the direction of an experienced, dedicated and highly motivated director, the RSP department is certain to flourish and has recently began developing new and strengthening current relationships with service providers, faith-based organizations, public transportation, and local government agencies to create support services/linkages to meet resident needs.  Future plans include community gardens, elderly services, and family economic self-sufficiency services.

Scholarships have been coordinated with the St. Petersburg College Foundation and through PHADA (Public Housing Authorities Director’s Association).  Please check our website regularly for scholarship opportunities.

For more information regarding Resident Services and Programs, including Section 3, please call 727-443-7684 ext 3050.