Resident Services Staff

Ken Water, VP of Resident Services, (941) 361-6210, ext. 261

Michelle Stears, Family & Youth Services Manager, (941) 361-6210, ext. 252

Brian Croke, Youth Academic & Attendance Advocate, (941) 361-6210, ext. 230

Ara Arteaga, Sr. Service Coordinator, (941) 361-6210, ext. 241

Resident Services Mission

The mission of the Resident Services Department is to offer training, employment and educational opportunities to assist residents of the Sarasota Housing Authority in realizing economic self-sufficiency. We are increasingly focused on providing a literacy-rich environment for our young children with the goal of helping them be prepared for Kindergarten and be able to read on grade level by the end of 3rd grade. We also believe that achieving success for the entire family is best served by utilizing a two-generation approach to resident services and programs.

Youth Thrive

The purpose of Sarasota Housing Authority’s Youth Thrive program is to engage young people, enrich their lives, inspire them to dream and empower them to set and work toward goals that will enable them to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty. SHA Youth Thrive seeks to accomplish this by offering as many educational and life-enriching opportunities as possible directly to youth living in public housing.

Sarasota Housing Authority is grateful for the support of Sarasota County for its Youth Thrive programming.

Education Partners

Sarasota County School Board State College of Florida Manatee Technical College
Suncoast Technical College Education Foundation of Sarasota

Non-Profit Partners

Women’s Resource Center Children First Department of Children and Families
Suncoast Workforce Board Salvation Army Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Manasota Goodwill Industries Habitat for Humanity Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness

The Resident Services Department is constantly expanding its program offerings to meet the needs of the resident population. Through SHA’s non- profit partnerships, the Resident Services department is offering training programs that will enhance adult participants’ life skills and develop additional job readiness skills that will lead to employment and ultimately a better quality of life. Our Resident Services Department also offers Youth Programs such as After-school Tutoring, a Summer Enrichment program, and other educational and life-enriching opportunities on select weekends and school holidays.

We are always looking for employer partners, guest speakers, and other community leaders to assist in this very worthwhile and rewarding mission. If you would like to assist or make donations to the Resident Services Department, please feel free to call (941) 361-6210 or e-mail us.