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  • Public Housing

    photo-family-of-threeThe Sarasota Housing Authority currently owns and operates 407 units of public housing. These units are reserved for low-income families. Residents who live in our public housing units pay 30% of the monthly adjusted income for rent and utilities. Subsidy from HUD provides the additional funding required to operate the property. 100 units located at McCown Tower are restricted to elderly (62+) and near elderly families (age 55 and older). The remaining 307 units of public housing are for families and seniors and are all located in the Newtown area of Sarasota. In order to be eligible for Public Housing, you must be considered low-income in accordance with HUD’s income limits for Sarasota/Bradenton. SHA is in the process of redeveloping or modernizing its entire public housing stock. To read more about the redevelopment, go to our Redevelopment page.

    Do I Qualify?

    Our housing programs have income limits, which are set by HUD every year for our area, based on your family size. A family’s total annual income must not exceed the low income amount, defined as 80% of the area median income effective January 1, 2014:

    Family Size: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
    80% Area Median Income: 32,100 36,700 41,300 45,850 49,550 53,2000 56,900 60,550


     McCown Towers

    1300 Blvd of the Arts

    Sarasota, FL 34236

    Located near beautiful downtown Sarasota, this is the perfect place to call home.

    Our two distinct high rises provide one bedroom apartments for low-income and disabled persons. Apartments are fully equipped with newly renovated full kitchens and bathrooms, highly efficient air conditioning, and a private balcony. And the views are spectacular!

    Join the community for events on site with family and friends. Come join us for a movie night, a barbecue, or play bingo. Ask our Resident Service Coordinator what events are available off-site such as theater tickets, sporting events, or trips to local fairs and festivals.


    • Main Street shopping and dining
    • The Historic Rosemary District
    • Selby Library
    • St. Armand’s Circle and Lido Beach
    • Grocery shopping – Publix, Whole Foods
    • Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Players Theatre, and the Florida Theater Studio
    • Marina Jacks


    • Handicap accessible units
    • Utilities included (Electricity and Water)
    • Pet Friendly (20 lbs or less)
    • Bus access
    • Controlled facility access
    • Security guard and video surveillance
    • Laundry facilities
    • Community garden
    • Gazebo
    • Non-Smoking Facility w/ designated smoking areas
    • Computer Lab
    • Recycling
    • 24/7 Emergency On-Call Maintenance

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    Orange Avenue, The Courts and Bertha Mitchell (OCB)

    1912 N Orange Avenue
    Sarasota, FL 34234

    Located in Historic Newtown Sarasota, OCB consists of three distinct properties:

    • Orange Avenue Apartments – Once known as Newtown Homes, these 60 apartments are colored blue, salmon and tan, and are home to OCB’s only two-floor apartments.
    • The Courts – 100 duplex-style apartments, many with off-street parking at your front door.
    • Bertha Mitchell – 100 duplex-style apartments, many with off street parking; new kitchens, new central air conditioning, new energy efficient windows and exterior doors.
    • Full-time, on-site resident services staff facilitate getting residents training and education, and completing volunteer community service hour requirements.
    • Orange Avenue Grocery, a community convenience store, is on-site.
    • Publix super-market less than one mile away, directly on a bus route.
    • Bus stops on-site, directly in front of the Housing Authority office.



    • Distance to gulf beaches: 9 miles
    • Zip code population: 16,387
    • Number of units in this property: 260, sized 1 to 5 bedrooms.
    • Average Age: 40.7 years (FL Average 40.5 years)
    • Cost of living index: 88.5 (Below U.S. average of 100)
    • Percentage of zip code residents living and working in this county: 81.5%
    • North Sarasota Public Library is just a short bus trip away (1.3 miles)

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    Questions? Comments?

    You may contact our property offices for questions:

    • Orange Avenue Property Office

    1912 N Orange Ave
    Sarasota, FL 34234

    Tel: (941) 361-6210 x250;

    • McCown Towers/Annex Property Office (Elderly/Disabled Only)

    1300 Blvd. of the Arts
    Sarasota, FL 34236

    Tel: (941) 361-6210 x225