Sarasota Housing Authority

269 South Osprey Avenue, Suite 100
Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida
(941) 361-6210

Sarasota Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Sarasota, Florida that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of March 25th, 2019, Sarasota Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Sarasota Housing Authority serves Sarasota County.

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

Open Sarasota Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Public Housing Waiting List

The Sarasota Housing Authority (SHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least March, 2019, until further notice.

To apply, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has 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 here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (941) 361-6210.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 03/09/2019.

Other Sarasota Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Sarasota County, Florida Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Sarasota Housing Authority (SHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed,. from March 8, 2019 at 12:00 pm, until March 21, 2019 at 12:00 pm ET. It was last open in March, 2019. Before that, it was open 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 03/21/2019.

Closed: 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.

About Sarasota Housing Authority

More information about Sarasota Housing Authority can be found on its website at

HCV Portability Status

As of 03/25/2019, it is not known if Sarasota Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. 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 most recent VMS report, Sarasota Housing Authority manages 1,332 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,020 13 31 45 15 162
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $865 $599 $1,014 $1,009 $706 $601
Monthly Cost $881,926 $7,793 $31,445 $45,399 $10,584 $97,439

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 Operated by Sarasota Housing Authority

Bertha Mitchell Complex

1912 N Orange Ave
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Janies Garden - Phase I

2458 Central Ave
Sarasota, FL

Janies Garden - Phase II

1404 Dr Martin Luther King Way
Sarasota, FL
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Apartment Communities managed by Sarasota Housing Authority

Mccown Towers

1320 6th Street
Sarasota, FL
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