Technically, the Clearwater Housing Authority (CHA) is a Quasi-Municipal Corporation, created under Florida State Statue 421. We are not part of local government, but we work in partnership with them. We are recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a “High Performer Agency,” which means that we have achieved top marks on our report cards with our stakeholders.
CHA has a five member volunteer board made of business persons in our community that bring their expertise in setting policy for the agency. Our staff is lean in numbers and strong in skills.
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 fifteen years we have expanded our portfolio of communities to increase and preserve the affordable housing stock within the City of Clearwater.
Currently, our communities are 72 percent private investor 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 programs, 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 programs and services possible. HUD funds our largest federally subsidized program, the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program; they also help subsidize our 202 units of public housing. Our private investors help to fund 529 units of mixed income communities, 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 Asset Management, Financial Management & Compliance, Information Technology, and other consulting services. We offer discounted rates to entities that serve the market we serve.
Our corporate culture promotes integrity, loyalty, knowledge, and respect. About us…we are a business with a social conscience.
Clearwater Housing Awarded HAI Risk Management Award!