The Clearwater Housing Authority (CHA) is a Quasi-Municipal Corporation, created under Florida State Statue 421. We work in partnership with local government and the private sector. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a “High Performer Agency,” CHA achieved top marks on our public housing and Housing Choice Voucher programs.
CHA is overseen by a Five member volunteer Board made of professionals of varying backgrounds and or business persons in our community that bring their expertise in setting policy and the mission of the CHA.
Here is a little history….CHA was created in 1941, and our mission is to enhance the lives of those we serve by creating innovative communities, providing dignified environments and nurturing self-sufficiency. CHA has many rental and self- sufficiency opportunities for low to moderate income persons. For over 25 years we have expanded our portfolio of communities to increase and preserve the affordable housing stock within the City of Clearwater.
Currently, our Property portfolio is 30 percent Federally funded and 70 percent privately funded. We are proud of our ability to provide affordable rental housing opportunities while lessening our dependency on federal dollars. We strongly believe that, in order to progress and break the cycle of poverty, we must, as an agency, strive to become independent of federal funding ourselves. This is a challenge, but it is not impossible. By working to find new ways to fund our portfolio, we are more creative, efficient, and successful in being fiscally responsible and providing a real model of what can be done regardless of the challenges.
Along those lines we offer our residents a Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program that was one of the first of its kind in the nation. We encourage you to click here to learn more about our FSS program.
CHA is supported by great stakeholders in the local community and in the federal government who help make our services possible. HUD funds our largest federally subsidized program, the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program; they also help subsidize our 235 units of public housing. Our private investors fund 529 units of mixed income communities and our corporate offices, for which there is no federal subsidy.
Third party contracting is something else we do here at CHA to maximize our resources. Currently, we assist other organizations with Executive Management services. We offer discounted rates to entities needing Executive Management and Accounting Services.
Our corporate culture promotes courage, commitment, customer service, integrity, respect, professionalism, and proactiveness. About us…we are a business with a social conscience.