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Sarasota Housing Authority

269 South Osprey Avenue, Suite 100
Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida 34236

Sarasota Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Sarasota, Florida that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, Family Self-Sufficiency, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), and Family Unification Program (FUP) programs.

Sarasota Housing Authority serves Sarasota County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Sarasota County, Florida Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Project-Based Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Other Sarasota Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Sarasota Housing Authority Website: http://sarasotahousing.org/.

Sarasota Housing Authority Phone: (941) 361-6210.

COVID-19 Update: As of April 6, 2020, the website says:

"Due to federal, state and local public health guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution, SHA has decided to close our offices. For now, we are conducting limited, essential operations only and our employees are primarily working from home."

More information can be found here.

Closed: Sarasota County, Florida Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Sarasota Housing Authority (SHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two weeks in March, 2019; and before that in January, 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Request a paper application in writing via mail.

Once the paper application was completed, it must have been mailed.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Elderly, Disabled, Live, Work or Attend School in Sarasota County,  Head of Household is an active applicant on the SHA public housing waiting list at the time that they apply for the HCV list.

1,500 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

For more information visit the SHA Section 8 page here, or the SHA website here.

Last Updated on 05/08/2019.

Closed: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Sarasota Housing Authority (SHA) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information visit the SHA website here.

Last Updated on 03/09/2019.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Sarasota Housing Authority (SHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in May, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list had the following preferences: A Pathway to a Better Life; 12 Months of Verified Employment; Sarasota County Resident; Pre-admission Training Program; Those who have not resided in HUD subsidized housing within the past two years; Possess a High School diploma or G.E.D.; Military veteran.

For more information, visit the SHA website.

Last Updated on 06/04/2019.

About Sarasota Housing Authority

More information about Sarasota Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://sarasotahousing.org/.

Representatives of Sarasota Housing Authority may be available by phone at (941) 361-6210. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

Open today from 8:30am to 5:00pm ET.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:30am-5:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am-5:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am-5:00pm
Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
HCV Portability Status

As of 05/23/2019, Sarasota Housing Authority is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Sarasota Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Sarasota Housing Authority manages 1,427 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,079 16 35 78 14 158
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $873 $693 $1,091 $1,032 $836 $616
Monthly Cost $942,271 $11,085 $38,168 $80,530 $11,698 $97,311

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Sarasota Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 11% having issued approximately 129 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 10 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.7 persons and has a household income of $14,662 per year. 89% of households were very low income (VLI) and 63% were extremely low income (ELI). 36% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 57% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 56% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 17% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

53% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 50% of households with children have a female head of household. 80% of all households were headed by a female.

69% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 60% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Sarasota Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 20% include at least one person with a disability. 28% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 77% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

19% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 29% with 2 bedrooms and 51% with 3 or more bedrooms. 23% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Sarasota Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $387 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $854. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $144.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Sarasota Housing Authority

Bertha Mitchell Complex

1912 N Orange Ave
Sarasota, Florida

Janies Garden - Phase I

2458 Central Ave
Sarasota, Florida

Janies Garden - Phase II

1404 Dr Martin Luther King Way
Sarasota, Florida

Low Income Housing Managed by Sarasota Housing Authority

Mccown Towers

1320 6th Street
Sarasota, Florida
Subsidized