APRIL 2, 2020 – IMPORTANT UPDATE ON COVID-19

 

While there remains much to be learned about the Corona Virus, it is important that we recognize the need to consider the health of our residents, our staff, our partners and others in the community.

We will be reviewing official information as it becomes available, and may need to make adjustments accordingly.

There will be some immediate changes in our normal procedures that may impact how you do business with us. We thank you in advance for your cooperation as we manage through this difficult event.   Below is a list of business practices that will be impacted:

Punta Gorda Housing Authority lobby is now CLOSED to the public. If you need assistance, please call 941-639-4344.

Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) re-certifications will be conducted by mail or internet. The staff will mail the re-certification packets to you. Please complete them and either return by mail or e-mail them to pgha@puntagordaha.org.

Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) will conduct telephone appointments as much as possible.  Voucher briefings and portability briefings will be held via telephone. In addition, we will be managing as much of the portability process by mail or email as possible.

Landlords: All housing assistance payments will be processed and direct deposited into your bank account no later than April 7, 2020.

Tenants who live at Oak Tree Village and Fitzhugh Commons will be asked to manage re-certification and other activity by mail and by email.  Again, we encourage you to manage as many transactions by phone or email as possible.

Until further notice, maintenance will respond to emergency work orders only. Again, this is for your health and safety as well as that of our staff. If you have recently traveled, or are currently sick please inform us at the time your work order is called in. You may be asked additional questions, we appreciate your cooperation.  Our staff may need to make a decision regarding how to best serve you if you are currently ill, in a high-risk group, or have recently traveled. We appreciate your understanding.

All inspections for Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) and Public Housing have been canceled until further notice.

We are in touch with HUD and continue to monitor information from our local experts such as the Health Department, Centers for Disease Control State and Local Government.  As we receive updated information we may be able to adjust some of the conditions listed above.

Most importantly, we want all of our residents, staff, partners and community members to remain healthy and to make sound and reasonable decisions and choices during this time.

Sincerely,

The Punta Gorda Housing Authority

 

Please Click HERE to report a change of income

Local Resources for COVID-19

Please click HERE to learn more about the Charlotte County Public School lunches and their schedules.

Please click HERE to find contact information for all of the local Food Pantries.

Please click HERE for the Charlotte County 211 website.  This site provides many links and resources for Charlotte County residents.

Important Dates

Office will be closed the following holidays:

  • Friday, April 10, 2020
  • Monday, May 25, 2020

Board Meetings

Board meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 8:30 AM at the Punta Gorda Housing Authority offices located at 340 Gulf Breeze Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33950.

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About Your Housing Authority

The primary role of a Public Housing Authority is the delivery of quality, affordable rental housing and rental subsidies to qualified low-income households within its jurisdiction.

The Punta Gorda Housing Authority is a public body corporate and politic established pursuant to State law; it is not a Federal agency. PGHA has a contractual relationship with HUD to implement programs established by Congress according to federal laws and regulations. The Federal government, through its annual budget process, provides funds to operate these programs.

The Punta Gorda Housing Authority operates the Public Housing program and the Housing Choice Voucher program (also known as Section 8) for low income residents within its jurisdiction of Charlotte County. A seven-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the Punta Gorda City Council governs the Authority.

PGHA’s fiscal year runs from April 1 – March 31.

Our Mission

The mission of the Punta Gorda Housing Authority is to provide quality, affordable housing that is well maintained and free from drugs, violent crime, and discrimination while serving residents with the highest degree of professional courtesy, empathy and respect.

Providing Quality, Affordable Housing

The Punta Gorda Housing Authority’s (PGHA) public housing program provides federally subsidized rental properties that are owned and managed by PGHA to low-income families of Charlotte County. The PGHA manages 180 public housing apartments located in the City of Punta Gorda, FL.

Residents pay a portion of the rent typically based on 30% of the family’s income.

Any public housing resident 18 years or older that is not working or attending school full time MUST contribute 8 hours per month of community service or participate in an economic self-sufficiency program for 8 hours per month, or a combination of the two, unless that resident is exempt due to age and/or disability.