Administers the acquisition, lease, construction, reconstruction, improvement and operation of federally funded housing projects within the city.
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Term of office: No term limits. By Resolution, the City Commission removed term limits for the Board since it was contrary to HUD’s stipulations.
One resident member. Members are required to file a financial disclosure form.
Housing authorities in Florida are established under Florida Statute 421. The statute provides for cities to establish housing authorities, which the City of Winter Park Board of Commissioners did in 1970. The only role of the City is that the Mayor appoints the Board members. One appointee must be a resident of public housing. The City would follow their own guidelines for residency–generally, the person lives or works in Winter Park.
The official name of the Winter Park Housing Authority (WPHA) is the “Housing Authority of the City of Winter Park”. The Board then operates similar to any non-profit Board, hiring an Executive Director and approving policy. The City has no role after appointment of Board members but certainly has been a valuable partner.
WPHA operates 171 units of subsidized public housing in two sites; the Meadows (family) and Tranquil Terrace (senior/disabled only). It also owns the Plymouth, a HUD 236 affordable senior property, and Winter Park Oaks and Tuscany at Aloma (the only property not in the City limits), which are affordable through the Orange County HOME program. Railroad Avenue is owned with the City of Winter Park–WPHA owns the buildings and the City of Winter Park owns the land. All WPHA properties have income guidelines for rental.