The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, also known as Section 8, was created by Congress in 1974. The HCV program is the largest affordable housing program in the United States and is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (www.HUD.gov).
The HCV program provides rental assistance to families, the elderly and persons with special needs that have incomes up to 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). Vouchers enable participants to receive a subsidy, while leasing from their choice of landlords in the private market.
The rental assistance is designed so that families are not forced to spend an unreasonable portion of the monthly income on shelter. The program also allows families the flexibility to select the community or neighborhood in which they live.
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Payment Standard Calculation Changes
On April 1, 2018, Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA) began using a new method to calculate the amount of money we will pay toward rent and utilities for each family on our Housing Choice Voucher and Homeownership Programs. Under this new approach, the standard we use to determine the maximum subsidy for a rental unit, known as the payment standard, is based on the rent estimates for each ZIP code.
The Pinellas County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher-Section 8 waiting list is currently closed. We are not accepting any new applications for this waiting list. We do not have a future date scheduled to open the waiting list.
We offer electronic forms for you to view, complete, and electronically sign. These forms are for existing Housing Choice Voucher holders and Housing Choice Voucher Landlords. These forms are not for applicants to any Pinellas County Housing Authority waiting list. Click here to be taken to the forms page.
Find Affordable Housing
If you are a participant of the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program and are looking for affordable rental housing please click here to find my unit or click here for the FloridaHousingSearch.org website..
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO)
PCHA has a strong commitment to affirmatively furthering fair housing. We do business in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing law. For more information about Fair Housing and your rights, please find HUD’s FHEO brochures in English and Spanish.
Contact Your Housing Advisor
You can reach your assigned housing advisor by calling (727) 443-7684 and dialing their extension. Advisors are assigned by tenant last name.
Additional Housing Choice Voucher StaffPlease find any special cases below.
|Additional Case||Housing Advisor||Extension|
|Intake, Applicants and Waiting Lists||Marisol Guevarafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Inspection Coordinator||Myra Jirauemail@example.com|
|Housing Choice Voucher and Compliance Manager||Miriam Torresfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Housing Choice Voucher and Compliance Manager||Cheryl LaRockemail@example.com|
|Housing Choice Voucher Director||Elisa Galvanfirstname.lastname@example.org|