About Sarasota Housing Authority

Historical Highlights

  • SHA was formed in 1938, and was only the eighth housing authority formed in FL.
  • Orange Ave., a 60 unit apartment complex located at 1912 N. Orange Ave., was completed in 1940, becoming SHA’s first public housing development.
  • The Courts was Sarasota’s second public housing development, a 100-unit complex completed in 1950, and sits immediately East of Orange Ave.
  • Bertha Mitchell, another 100-unit complex, was completed in 1960, and is located primarily between 21st and 24th streets and Dixie Ave and Links.
  • McCown Tower, a 100-unit elderly public housing high-rise in Rosemary, was completed in 1969.
  • Janie Poe (128 units) & Cohen Way (72 units) were completed in 1971 and were built using the same architectural design. All of these units have been demolished.
  • McCown Tower Annex, a 75-unit Section 8 New Construction development, was completed in 1978.
  • In 2005, SHA was placed into federal receivership, after HUD found that SHA was troubled in several aspects, including financial, physical condition, and management.
  • In 2008, SHA was turned back over to local governance/locally-appointed board, marking one of the fastest and most successful HUD receiverships in history.
  • In 2009, Janie’s Garden Phase I was completed, providing 86 new apartments where Janie Poe once stood, and marked Sarasota’s first mixed-income rental development.
  • In 2010, Sarasota County turned its 500+ voucher program over to SHA.
  • In 2011, SHA completed construction of Janie’s Garden Phase II, adding another 68 mixed-income apartments, as well as 10,500 square feet of ground floor retail along Dr. MLK Jr. Way.
  • In 2012, SHA’s 501c3 affiliate, the Sarasota Housing Funding Corp (SHFC), completed it’s first multifamily acquisition/rehab of a 15-unit complex at 251 N. Tuttle Avenue, which houses extremely low, very low and low income families.
  • In early 2013, SHFC also opened a brand new 28-unit brownstone style townhome development on Dr. MLK Jr Way at Maple, which also houses extremely low, very low and low income families.
  • SHFC now owns 15 single family homes throughout Sarasota which are all leased to very low income families.
  • In 2013, SHA won the Best Agency in Florida as voted on by its peers from the Florida Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials.
  • Today, SHA and SHFC provide housing to over 2,000 families and are constantly working to develop more affordable housing in Sarasota.
  • SHA is also a HUD High Performer in every category, for several years running, for the first time ever.
Did you know?
  1. SHA was recently voted as the Most Outstanding Housing Agency in FL by our 85 in-state peers.
  2. SHA was once again designated as High Performer by HUD for both Public Housing (97%) and Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) (100%).
  3. SHA is utilizing the two-generation approach to propel and empower our families, with an intense focus on early childhood learning aligned with the Campaign for Grade Level Reading.
  4. SHA has recently housed 110 homeless veterans in our community through the VASH Program.
  5. Our non-profit (SHFC) manages 57 affordable apartments and sponsors innovative programs in partnership with Sarasota Police to foster positive relationships between police and our residents, such as Shop with a Cop and Book ‘Em – Cops & Kids Kids Literacy Event (book giveaway).
  6. Over 675 private landlords in this community lease units to families with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher.
  7. SHA provides affordable rental housing assistance to over 2,100 families in Sarasota, which is 757 more than in 2004!
  8. SHA and SHFC have sponsored over $50 million in redevelopment projects in Newtown since 2008, and we have broken ground on Phase III of Janie’s Garden, which will be a $10 million development adding an additional 72 rental units.
  9. SHA’s Janie’s Garden development won a gold medal for community design by the National Association of Home Builders.
  10. SHA manages an annual budget of over $16 million with 30 employees.
  11. SHA was awarded an Energy Star ”Leadership in Affordable Housing Award” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for promoting energy efficiency in affordable housing.
  12. SHA was the first housing authority in Florida with a LEED certified building – the Janie’s Garden clubhouse, designed by Carlson Studio Architecture.
  13. SHA was a finalist for the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s non-profit of the year award for 2013.