St Petersburg Housing Authority

2001 Gandy Boulvard North
Saint Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida 33702

St Petersburg Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), and Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV) programs.

St Petersburg Housing Authority serves Saint Petersburg.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
St. Petersburg, Florida Housing Choice Voucher Closed
St Petersburg Housing Authority Public Housing Closed

Other St Petersburg Housing Authority Waiting Lists

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

St Petersburg Housing Authority Website: http://www.stpeteha.org/.

St Petersburg Housing Authority Phone: (727) 323-3171.

Closed: St. Petersburg, Florida Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The St. Petersburg Housing Authority (SPHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from February 1, 2021, until February 4, 2021. 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:

  • Veterans
    • A person who served in the active military service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. Military Reserve members also qualify if currently serving honorably or discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. If the veteran dies before being admitted to the program, then the spouse of the veteran shall maintain their place and preference on the waiting list. Status is to be verified by:
      • A DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) will serve as proof of service for those no longer active or reserve duty; or
      • A current enlistment contract and/or unexpired military identification card will serve as appropriate proof of veteran status for those still in active reserve status or current enlistment.
  • Disabled or Elderly
    • Persons of families where the head of household, spouse or co-head is elderly or  disabled. Proof of preference will be required at the time of selection.
  • Homeless families
    • Applicant family is currently residing in Emergency Shelter, Transitional Shelter, Permanent Supportive Housing or participating in homeless services at/in/through a participating Pinellas County Continuum of Care agency and have received a written letter of recommendation from that agency not less than 30 days ago.
  • Resident of Pinellas County Florida
    • Applicant must provide proof of residency upon selection.
  • Victims of Domestic Violence
    • Applicants who are victims of domestic violence will receive a preference. In order to qualify for a preference on the waitlist for Domestic Violence, applicants should provide documentation that incidents of domestic violence have occurred within the past year.
    • Status is to be verified by:
      • Referral from domestic violence shelter (e.g., Hubbard House)
      • Confidentiality of applicant status shall be maintained by the agency in accordance with the provisions of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.
  • Involuntary Displacement
    • Involuntary displacement is defined as displacement due to a formally recognized natural disaster or government action.
    • Families who claim they are being or have been displaced due to a formally recognized natural disaster or governmental action must provide written verification by the displacing unit or agency of government or by a service agency  such as the Red Cross.
    • Families may qualify for the preference Involuntary Displacement due to either of the following:
      • Applicant is involuntarily displaced and not living in standard permanent replacement housing due to a government action or natural disaster.
      • Applicant is a part of a relocation effort by a government entity.
      • Local government has condemned their place of living.
      • Applicant will have to vacate their unit because of either of the following:
      • Activities by an agency of the United States or by any local governmental body or agency in connection with code enforcement, public improvements or a real estate development program, including RAD and/or real estate redevelopment.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, read the SPHA public notice, or visit the SPHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the SPHA on February 1, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Last Updated on 08/01/2021.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The St. Petersburg Housing Authority (SPHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the SPHA website.

Last Updated on 07/11/2019.

About St Petersburg Housing Authority

More information about St Petersburg Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.stpeteha.org/.

Representatives of St Petersburg Housing Authority may be available by phone at (727) 323-3171. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of August 2nd, 2021, it is not known if St Petersburg Housing Authority is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 04/26/2019, St Petersburg 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 St Petersburg Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, St Petersburg Housing Authority manages 3,296 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, 2020:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 2,593 255 66 228
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $866 $565 $1,070 $633
Monthly Cost $2,245,309 $144,152 $70,631 $144,335

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for St Petersburg 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 310 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 5 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $14,745 per year. 88% of households were very low income (VLI) and 57% were extremely low income (ELI). 37% 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 61% 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, 57% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 20% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

52% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 49% of households with children have a female head of household. 81% of all households were headed by a female.

75% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 71% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the St Petersburg 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. 65% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

31% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 31% with 2 bedrooms and 38% with 3 or more bedrooms. 15% 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 St Petersburg Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $373 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $823. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $178.



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 St Petersburg Housing Authority

Disston Place

8601 Dr Martin Luther King Jr St N
Saint Petersburg, Florida

New Jordan Park 21a

1251 23rd St S
Saint Petersburg, Florida