Housing Authority Board

Administers the acquisition, lease, construction, reconstruction, improvement and operation of federally funded housing projects within the city.

Members

Board MembersEnd of Term
Dorothy Felton2021
Hal George2022
Kenneth Goodwin2021
Karen Jacobs2021
Judith Kovisars2021
Kevin O’Rawe2022
Joseph Regner2022

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.

Requirements

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.

Notices of Hearing

Contact

Patricia Rice

Executive Director

Jeff Briggs

Principal Planner
Planning & Community Development

Our Vision

Winter Park is the city of arts and culture, cherishing its traditional scale and charm while building a healthy and sustainable future for all generations.