Pinellas county housing authority

Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8)

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 (

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.

New Important Topics – HCV Advisor

Read more information from HUD about Employment Income Verification (“EIV”), by clicking on the following link:

Public Housing-Section 8 EIV Guide

Click here to review our 2017 Administrative Plan.

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.

Click here to read more about calculation changes.

Waiting List

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.

Landlord Listing Availabilities

If you are a landlord and would like to make your affordable rental unit available to Housing Choice Voucher participants, you can list it for free at


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 visit

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.

Housing Advisor Assignments

Tenants are typically assigned advisors by their last name. Please find the first initial of your last name below.
Last InitialHousing AdvisorExtensionLast InitialHousing AdvisorExtension
AVirginia Perez3019NTanya Carrasco3022
BVirginia Perez3019OCheryl LaRock3017
CJonathan Ellman3034PCheryl LaRock3017
DErica Landers3064QCheryl LaRock3017
EErica Landers3064RCheryl LaRock3017
FErica Landers3064SCheryl Ponds3016
GErica Landers3064TCheryl Ponds3016
HKristie Mack3032UJennifer Robinson3044
IKristie Mack3032VJennifer Robinson3044
JKristie Mack3032WJennifer Robinson3044
KKristie Mack3032XJennifer Robinson3044
Li - LyKristie Mack3032YJennifer Robinson3044
La - LeTanya Carrasco3022Z and VASH (A-E)Jennifer Robinson3044
MTanya Carrasco3022VASH (F - Z)Karen Brodess3042

Additional Housing Choice Voucher Staff

Please find any special cases below.
Additional CaseHousing AdvisorExtension
HCV and Compliance ManagerMiriam Torres3048
Compliance DirectorRay DiRusso3069
Housing Choice Voucher AssistantMarisol Guevara3124
Housing Choice Voucher DirectorElisa Galvan3056
HQS InspectionsMyra Jirau3041
HQS InspectionsJeanette Figueroa3047
PBV CoordinatorElicia Ford3036