The high cost of housing touches nearly every household in Pinellas County. From first-time homebuyers to renters, finding a place to live has never been more difficult or expensive. The largest cost burden often falls on those we depend on most: teachers, nurses, first responders, grocery store workers, and many others who keep our community running. They are most at risk of having to move away if they can’t afford to live here. To keep our community whole and ensure quality of life for everyone, we need to solve the housing affordability crisis.
Local governments across the county have agreed to work together to address the critical shortage of affordable homes. This cooperative effort is part of the Advantage Pinellas plan to address long-term, countywide needs for transportation, jobs and housing to improve the lives of our current and future residents.
THE NEED FOR ACTION
Housing is a big challenge, but we can overcome it together:
What we’re doing
- Since 2017, Pinellas County and partners have built, rehabilitated or preserved more than 2,000 affordable housing units countywide.
- In 2022 alone, five affordable developments have been completed providing 223 new homes to local residents, with another five projects with 755 units currently approved or under construction.
- Currently investing an est. $80 million from the Penny for Pinellas sales tax to spur more affordable development from 2020-2030.
- Local Government: Join the Housing Compact to unite Pinellas County and municipalities in a common approach to increase and preserve affordable housing linked to transportation, jobs, schools & more. Join us.
- Developers: Apply today to the Penny for Pinellas Housing Program.
- Residents: Get assistance with rent, down payment, or help finding an affordable place to live. Get help.
Hear what our partners have to say
Pinellas County, Forward Pinellas, and our four largest cities are developing a plan to meet our residents’ housing needs, but we need more cities, developers, neighborhood leaders, and everyone who loves their community to make this plan a success.