Administration & Section 8 HCV Offices Have Moved
Click for Details: We_Are_Moving-2013.pdf
2014 Utility Allowances have been released.
Click here to view the allowances.
ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING 2014 PAYMENT STANDARDS
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has released the new Fair Market Rents (FMR's) for Sarasota County. While rents in our area are on the rise, the FMR's have been lowered, which means our payment standards have also been lowered. Effective January 2014, the following payment standards will be utilized when a client moves into a new unit. For all other clients, the new payment standards will be effective at their annual recertification in 2015. Payment Standards are the total rent plus the utility allowance for each unit.
0 BR = $675
1 BR = $751
2 BR = $960
3 BR = $1287
4 BR = $1511
5 BR = $1738
Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
Sarasota Housing Authority (SHA) is pleased to offer very-low income families in Sarasota a choice in where they live through the assistance of a Housing Choice Voucher. On October 1, 2010, SHA merged with Sarasota County’s voucher program. The combined voucher offices are now located at 40 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236. At this time we are unable to accept any new applicants on the waiting list.
Attention All Owners and Voucher Holders:
Beginning with all clients whose annual recertifications are effective in January 2014, the owner and the client will now be required to sign and submit new leases as part of their annual recertification process. Owners will also be required to sign a new HAP contract at this time. Owners will receive notices beginning in September or October for those clients that will be effective in January!
Notice Regarding Sequestration Funding Levels
Due to the March 1, 2013 across-the-board, 5% federal spending cuts enacted by Congress referred to as Sequestration, the Sarasota Housing Authority (and all other housing agencies) has received significant funding cuts in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. These immediate cuts to our subsidy that we pay to you our landlords is unprecedented. These cuts are going to affect our ability to make Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) unless we make changes to our current spending levels. Several things are being done to help us lower our spending each month; one of which is to deny all rent increases. Not only can we not sustain any increases in HAP at this time, but we will be doing everything we can to reduce HAP expenditures in order to sustain the payments that we make to our landlords.
Our focus at this time is to continue to assist as many families as possible and keep from having to terminate families due to the reduced funding levels. In addition, SHA will not re-issue any vouchers as a result of attrition. Reducing the monthly subsidy expenditures in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is like turning a cruise ship around. It is a gradual, incremental process with the ultimate goal of not running out of subsidy by the end of the year and facing the necessity of having to terminate some families from the program.
We appreciate your participation in the Housing Choice Voucher Program and we look forward to working with you now and in the future. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter. If you have additional questions, please contact the caseworker assigned to your specific tenant.
SHA Policies & Procedures
Please click here to view SHA's new 2013 Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Plan.
Housing Choice Voucher Program Staff
Housing Choice Voucher Director, Paula Scruggs, (941) 361-6210, ext. 229
Housing Choice Voucher Manager, Kami Headings, (941) 361-6210, ext. 230
Housing Specialist, Kaleena Sierra, (941) 361-6210, ext. 227
Housing Specialist, Mike Mosley, (941) 361-6210, ext. 226
Housing Specialist, Gail Magliano, (941) 361-6210, ext. 239
Inspector Liaison/Intake Specialist, Jessica Gilbert, (941) 361-6210, ext. 262
Inspector, Todd Bellamy, (941) 361-6210, ext. 262
Receptionist, Brian Croke, (941) 361-6210, ext. 232
Information for Applicants
If you are an applicant and wish to check your status on a waiting list, you may go to https://www.waitlistcheck.com and log in to see your current status. Our agency will no longer accept phone calls regarding your application status.
The Section 8 waiting list is currently closed. When we reopen our waiting list, you will be able to apply for housing by going to https://www.waitlistcheck.com/application/form.php?ID=2332-FL008 to complete an online application.
Information for Voucher Holders
In an effort to provide information in a more efficient manner, we are putting many of our documents and procedures online. Any suggestions regarding information that you are seeking and cannot find on our website is greatly appreciated. The more questions we can answer here, the better service our clients will receive!
Q & A - If you are a current voucher holder and you have a question about your assistance, please click here to see a list of commonly asked questions. You may find your answer here.
PORTABILITY - If you are a voucher holder from another agency and you are interested in moving to Sarasota, please click here for more information regarding how to "port" your voucher to our agency.
MOVES WITHIN SARASOTA - If you are interested in moving, please click here to see more information regarding moves with continued assistance.
If you have received any notice from the Housing Authorty and you do not agree with a decision made regarding your assistance, you have a right to file a grievance. Please click here to review our current grievance procedure.
Information for Current and/or Prospective Landlords
Q & A - If you are interested in becoming a landlord with the Housing Choice Voucher Program or you are a current landlord and you have questions, please click here to see if your answer is listed. We have included a wealth of information to assist you in a more efficient manner.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS - If you are a current landlord and you need to change the address that we have on file for you, please complete a new W-9 here and fax this form to (941) 366-4661 or mail to 269 S Osprey Ave, Suite #100, Sarasota FL 34236.
CHANGE BANK - If you are a current landlord and you need to change your bank account information that we have on file, please complete a new direct deposit form here. You may fax this form to (941) 366-4661 or mail to 269 S Osprey Ave, Suite #100, Sarasota FL 34236.
INSPECTIONS - If you are an owner and you are interested in learning more about what our inspector is looking at during a Housing Quality Standards inspection, you can click here for a copy of our detailed inspection form.
PAYMENTS - If you are a landlord with the Housing Choice Voucher Program, you will now go to http://www.hapcheck.com/ to see your monthly HAP payments. A letter was mailed to all owners at the beginning of October 2010 that contained instructions on how to log in. If you did not receive a letter, please call our office for assistance in logging into the website.
NEW OWNER OF A PROPERTY - If you have recently purchased a property from one of our landlords and you are going to continue renting to the current voucher holder that is residing in the unit, then we are going to need information from you! Please click here to complete the Change of Owner Packet. Please send all of the completed forms to us along with the settlement statement showing that you purchased the property and a voided check. Once we receive all of these items, we will process the change of owner to begin the first of the following month. Please be advised that we do not make any retroactive changes unless the old owner contacted us and asked us to place their payments on hold due to the pending sale. In this case, we will be able to make the change effective retroactively to the first month in which we held the payment.
OWNER SOLD SECTION 8 PROPERTY - If you have recently sold a Section 8 property and you would like to let us know, you can click here to complete a short form. The form will just let us know that we should be on the look out for information from a new owner and will also let us know how you wish for us to handle your future payments.
In order to list and rent your property through our program, there cannot be a discrepancy in the owner of record and the information that you provide. Before listing your property, please verify that your property has the correct information. You may do so by visiting: http://www.sarasotaproperty.net/
Helpful Resource Links
Social Services-Department of Family and Children Services-Child Support – Welcome to Florida!: http://www.myflorida.com/
Criminal Background Status: http://courtweb.co.sarasota.fl.us/crimapp/criminq.asp or http://www.manateeclerk.org/Home/tabid/57/Default.aspx
City of Sarasota: http://www.sarasotagov.com/index2.html
Social Security Administration: http://www.ssa.gov/sitemap.htm#C
Housing Authorities in the United States: http://www.phada.org/ha_list.php