The Courts and Bertha Mitchell Public Housing Waiting List is Closed as of June 2024. The waiting list was last open in February 2023 and remains closed.

Ayat Elkarib

Analysis by Ayat Elkarib

Last Updated: February, 23rd 2024

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This waiting list is for Public Housing rental housing assistance in Sarasota, Florida.

The Sarasota Housing Authority (SHA) Public Housing waiting list for apartments at The Courts and Bertha Mitchell is closed.

The SHA last accepted applications for this waiting list from an unconfirmed open date, until the earliest confirmed close date of February 2, 2023. There is no notice when this waiting list will reopen.

  • The Courts and Bertha Mitchell, Studio and 1-bedroom units, located at 1912 Orange St, Sarasota, FL.

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

Income limit information can be found here.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Public Housing or Multifamily Resident who is a certified victim under the Violence Against Women Act (15 points)
  • Homeless Partnership Referral Program (5 points)
  • Local Preference (3 points)
  • Elderly/Disabled (1 point)
  • Active PH applicant at time of HCV application (1 point)

It was not known how selected applicants were placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the SHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the SHA applications page on February 2, 2023.

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The Courts and Bertha Mitchell Public Housing Applicant Preferences

The Courts and Bertha Mitchell has preferences for: Elderly, Victims of Domestic Violence, Live, Work, or Attend School Locally, Homeless, Disabled. Preferences are not required but Public Housing applicants that meet these criteria will be moved up the waiting list.

Sarasota Housing Authority

The Courts and Bertha Mitchell Public Housing Waiting List is managed by Sarasota Housing Authority.

Sarasota Housing Authority provides affordable housing for up to 1,982 low- and moderate-income households through its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and public housing programs.

This housing agency serves Sarasota County, Florida.

What should I do after applying to the Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing waiting list?

After applying, it's a good practice to keep a record of any application that you submit. This will help you keep track of your application, and is especially useful if you apply to multiple waiting lists. You can do this easily with a document on your computer or mobile device, and also with a notebook or piece of paper.

Make sure to write down your application or confirmation number with the application details. This number will be important to reference in the future. Once you have this information written, keep it stored in a place that's easy to access when you need it.

With this information safely stored, all you have left to do is wait to find out if you've been selected for the waiting list.

When will I know if I've been selected for the Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing waiting list?

Depending on the area, it may take weeks or even months to know if you've been selected for the waiting list. Your wait for an announcement is usually the longest in areas with large populations and a high demand for housing assistance.

Check if the public notice states when the housing authority plans to announce the results, or how long it may take to review applications. Contact the housing authority if this information isn't available.

How do I know if I've been added to the Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing waiting list?

Once all applications are reviewed, the housing authority will either contact everyone who has been placed on the waiting list, or message everyone who applied to check their results.

The housing authority will use the contact information you give in the application to reach you (usually by mail, email, or phone). For this reason, it is very important to put valid contact information on your application. Make sure you keep your contact information up to date, and that you respond quickly if any further action is required.

If you don't get contacted by the housing authority, it might mean that you were not chosen for the waiting list. Sometimes, housing authorities do not contact applicants who were not placed on the waiting list. Check with the housing authority for confirmation.

How can I check my status on the Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing waiting list?

To check your status on the waiting list, you usually have to log into an online portal, call a phone number, or visit the office. Each housing authority has different ways for you to check your status.

Some housing authorities will give your spot on the waiting list, but others might only confirm that you're still on the waiting list. Make sure that you have your application or confirmation number with you when checking your status.

How do I update my application for the Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing waiting list?

To update your waiting list application, you usually have to log into an online portal, call a phone number, or submit a form to the office. Each housing authority has different ways for you to update your application.

Make sure that you have your application or confirmation number with you when updating your application.

When can I apply for a Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing waiting list that is closed?

You cannot apply for a waiting list that is closed until it is reopened by the housing authority. It is not known when the housing authority will announce the next opening.

For the Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing waiting list, how do I apply online?

To apply online, an electronic form must be submitted to the housing authority on the internet. Many online applications require an account to be created to log in, and also a valid email address.

Who lives in Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing units?

If you are considering applying to live in a Public Housing unit, you may be interested to know who already lives in these units, and what the households tend to look like. Fortunately, we can provide some helpful statistics using HUD's 2023 Picture of Subsidized Households. The following data describes the economic and demographic characteristics of renters who live in Public Housing units provided by Sarasota Housing Authority.

How many renters live in Public Housing units provided by Sarasota Housing Authority?

At the start of 2024, Sarasota Housing Authority was managing 103 Public Housing units. Of the total number of units managed, there were 96 units occupied. This represents 93% of the total number of Public Housing units managed by Sarasota Housing Authority.

According to HUD, there is a total of 273 people living in Public Housing units managed by Sarasota Housing Authority, with the average number of people per household being 3.

How long did current Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing tenants spend on a waiting list before occupying a Public Housing unit?

The 96 households living in Public Housing units at the start of 2024 waited on average 54 months before being able to move in. Of those households, 16 occupied their unit in the last year. This represents 17 percent of Public Housing tenants in units managed by Sarasota Housing Authority.

Are there any Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing units not occupied?

The Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing program that this waiting list covers had 93% of its units occupied by households with 7% unoccupied at the start of 2024.

How many Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing households have children?

Of the 96 Public Housing households in units managed by Sarasota Housing Authority, 58 have at least one child. There are 1 two-parent households in the Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing units, and 57 single-parent households. There were 55 households with children with a female head of household.

How much do Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing households earn?

The average annual household income for Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing tenant households is $20,708 The average annual income per person is $7,282 The average Public Housing household annual income is 27% of the local Area Median Income.

Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing household annual income
Annual Income Range ($) Number of Households % of Vouchers
Less than $5,000 12 13%
$5,000 - $9,999 7 7%
$10,000 - $14,999 25 26%
$15,000 - $19,999 10 10%
$20,000+ 42 44%

What is the source of income for Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing households?

Of all Public Housing households, 45 (44%) receive the majority of their income from wages and/or business. 52 (50%) households derive the majority of their income from some other source (other than wage or welfare).

How much does a Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing unit cost?

For the Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing program, the federal government covers the cost of, on average, $1,980 per month for each household, which equates to annual cost of $23,760.

How much does the average Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing tenant pay per month in rent?

HUD refers to the portion of rent paid by the tenant as the Total Tenant Payment, or Family Expenditure.

For the Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing program, the average family expenditure is $470 per month or $5,640 per year. The combined payment from all tenants in the program is $45,120 per month, which is $541,440 per year.

What is the average utility cost paid by Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing renters?

The average cost of utilities for renters in this program is $92 per month. It is important to note this is not the actual cost renters will pay for utilities, but an estimate based on the energy cost estimates of the program.

What size are most Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing units?

Of the 103 households living in Public Housing units, 18 (19%) live in a studio or one-bedroom unit, 40 (42%) rent a 2-bedroom rental home and 38 (40%) have a 3-bedroom or larger rental. 13% of Public Housing households are overhoused with more bedrooms than people in the household.

What is the race and ethnicity of Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing households?

91% of Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing program households have a minority head of household who is Black, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander; or of Hispanic ethnicity.

What are the ages of tenant heads of households in the Sarasota Housing Authority Public Housing program?

Age Range of Head of Household Number of Households % of Households
Under 24 3 3%
25-50/td> 60 63%
51-61 17 18%
62-84 15 16%
85 or Older 1 1%