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

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

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Pinellas County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on May 6th, 2016.

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.


Important note: If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out its policy on how to update application information.

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

The Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA) is not accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher applications at this time.

Please note: The PCHA website states "Norton Apartments at Lake Bellevue is located at 1450 S Martin Luther King Jr Ave in Clearwater, FL.  Applications are being accepted on-site, for 4 bedroom apartments." However, we have confirmed with a PCHA representative that this information is incorrect.

Important note: If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out its policy on how to update application information.

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


Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Pinellas County Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update February 25th, 2016.

As of February 25, 2016, the Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.


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. 

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.

Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original pre-application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out its policy on how to update pre-application information.

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

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)

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