Pinellas County Housing Authority
11479 Ulmerton Road
Largo, Pinellas County, FL

727-443-7684 http://pinellashousing.com/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

The Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when the waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.


The Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently open

Please note: This waiting list is open only for 1-4 bedroom apartments at Norton Apartments at Lake Bellevue, from August 24, 2015 at 9:00 am until August 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm ET. However, the 4 bedroom waiting list will remain open indefinitely. The Pinellas Heights Senior Apartments waiting list was last open in March 2015. There is no notice of when the Pinellas Heights Senior Apartments waiting list will reopen.

The PCHA offers two Project-Based Voucher communities:

  • Norton Apartments at Lake Bellevue
    1450 South Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
    Clearwater, FL 33756
    (727) 441-9010
  • Pinellas Heights Senior Apartments
    11411 Ulmerton Road
    Largo, FL 33778
    (727) 953-9809
There are three ways to apply:

  1. Pick up a pre-application at Norton Apartments at Lake Bellevue at the address listed above from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.
  2. Pick up a pre-application at the PCHA central office, located at 11479 Ulmerton Road, Largo, Florida 33778, during normal office hours.
  3. Download the pre-application online, then print and complete. The pre-application is available in English and Spanish.
Disabled applicants can call Norton Apartments at Lake Bellevue at the phone number listed above to have a pre-application mailed to them.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed or hand delivered to Norton Apartments at Lake Bellevue at the address listed above. 

Important note: Pre-applications sent by mail must be postmarked by September 5, 2015, or it will not be accepted.

Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: Bank statements, verification of any assets, photo IDs for all adult household members, birth certificates, and Social Security Cards.

The PCHA has identified the following preferences: Working families, displaced by a natural disaster, elderly, or disabled.

For more information, visit the PCHA website, or call the office at at (727) 443-7684 during normal office hours.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.


Please note: The waiting list is open only for 1-5 bedroom units at Rainbow Village Apartments from August 24, 2015 at 9:00 am until August 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm ET. However, the 4-5 bedroom waiting list will remain open indefinitely. The Lakeside Terrace waiting list is closed.

The PCHA offers two Public Housing communities with 495 units for families and senior/disabled households:

  • Rainbow Village Apartments
    12301 134th Avenue North
    Largo, FL 33774
    (727) 581-4793
  • Lakeside Terrace
    4200 62nd Avenue N,
    Pinellas Park, FL 33781
    (727) 489-6470
There are three ways to apply:

  1. Pick up a pre-application at Rainbow Village Apartments at the address listed above from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.
  2. Pick up a pre-application at the PCHA central office, located at 11479 Ulmerton Road, Largo, Florida 33778, during normal office hours.
  3. Download the pre-application online, then print and complete. The pre-application is available in English and Spanish.
Disabled applicants can call Rainbow Village Apartments at the phone number listed above to have a pre-application mailed to them.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed or hand delivered to Rainbow Village Apartments at the address listed above. 

Important note: Pre-applications sent by mail must be postmarked by September 5, 2015, or it will not be accepted.

Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: Bank statements, verification of any assets, photo IDs for all adult household members, birth certificates, and Social Security Cards.

The PCHA has identified the following preferences: Working families, displaced by a natural disaster, elderly, or disabled.

For more information, visit the PCHA website, or call the office at at (727) 443-7684 during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Pinellas County Housing Authority operates 331 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Pinellas County Housing Authority public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 48% 1 bedroom apartments, 20% 2 bedroom apartments, 18% 3 bedroom apartments, 11% 4 bedroom apartments and 4% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Pinellas County Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 312 out of a total 331 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 5.74%.

Family Type

Of the 278 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 39 (14.03%) were elderly, 239 (85.97%) were non-elderly, 92 (33.09%) were disabled, 160 (57.55%) contained children and 152 (54.68%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in Pinellas County Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Pinellas County Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $228.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $79. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $61. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $122. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $77.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the Pinellas County Housing Authority portfolio, 52% of households identified as Black, 44% identified as White, and 17% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in Pinellas County Housing Authority properties, 217 were Extremely Low Income, 54 were Very Low Income, 35 were Low Income and 5 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Pinellas County Housing Authority properties is $12,173. Of all public housing residents, 1% have no income and 10% earn more than $25,000 while 89% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in Pinellas County Housing Authority public housing 37% have wage income, 27% have welfare income, 49% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 28% have other income and 0% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 311 households containing 792 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 2.5.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 57.55% of households included children. Across all household members in Pinellas County Housing Authority public houins units 17.7% are aged zero to five and 34.3% are aged 6 to 17.

10.4% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 37.6% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for Pinellas County Housing Authority public housing communities. 27.01% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 9.97% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 63.02% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Pinellas County Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 5 projects which contain 579 affordable rental units. It also administers 3,145 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Pinellas County Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Pinellas County Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (16%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (84%) to that of all housing authorities in Florida, Pinellas County Housing Authority has a smaller proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Florida.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Pinellas County Housing Authority scored an average of 94 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 102 in 2004 and a low score of 82 in 2005. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Florida is 75.77.

Pinellas County Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Florida housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Pinellas County Housing Authority manages 3 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 98. The scores for properties managed by Pinellas County Housing Authority range from a high of 99 to a low of 97.

The highest scoring property in the Pinellas County Housing Authority portfolio is French Villas and the lowest scoring property is Lakeside Terrace.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Pinellas County Housing Authority have a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (data.gov, 2014)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Pinellas County Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 2/16/11 Plan
2010 1/22/10 Plan
2009 1/7/09 Plan
2008 2/19/08 Plan
2007 11/17/06 Plan
2006 2/1/06 Plan
2005 11/10/04 Plan
2004 11/15/03 Plan
2003 2/12/03 Plan
2002 2/20/02 Plan
2001 1/26/01 Plan
2000 6/9/00 Plan