For the second time in three years, the Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA) was honored as Housing Authority of the Year by the Florida Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (FAHRO). “We are overjoyed to have received this award and thankful to all of our partners who made it possible. It is truly an honor to be recognized for something that we love to do” said executive director Debra Johnson. The “Housing Authority of the Year” award recognizes PCHA for providing outstanding affordable housing in Florida.
FAHRO’s core mission is providing professional development for public, assisted, and other affordable housing in the state of Florida by offering a network for increased communication and education, as well as supporting legislation for the improvement and development of affordable housing and economic opportunities. FAHRO membership includes more than 200 housing agencies, community development agencies, and associate members who work together to ensure that all of Florida’s citizens have clean, safe, and sanitary housing.
In her letter of recommendation, Barbara Inman, President/CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Florida commented “Pinellas County Housing Authority has become a model HA; all housing authorities can benefit from exposure to the programs and excellence demonstrated by them”.
“PCHA has a creative and committed board and staff that are always willing to work with community partners to create new opportunities for affordable housing become a reality. PCHA is always in search of new innovative opportunities and partnerships to improve housing conditions for low income families and seniors, as well as the quality of their lives” said Pat Weber, Tarpon Springs Housing Authority Executive Director.
The PCHA provides housing opportunities for nearly 8,500 county individuals by utilizing public and private funding. PCHA’s focus is on providing affordable housing through the development, ownership, and management of properties and administration of rental subsidies.
“We are delighted and honored to receive this award. This recognition is the result of a dedicated and hardworking staff focused on providing the best possible affordable housing. I am excited and proud to be a part of this great housing authority” said Joseph Triolo, PCHA Board Chairman.
For more information about PCHA, please visit our website at www.pinellashousing.com.