We all need more affordable housing for this community to thrive…

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, 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.

Homes for Pinellas is a partnership among local governments across the county who have agreed to work together to address the critical shortage of affordable homes. It’s 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.

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THE NEED FOR ACTION

Housing is a big challenge, but we can overcome it together:

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The average percentage of income spent on housing & transportation in Pinellas
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Affordable housing units needed each year to keep pace with population grown in Pinellas
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Median Pinellas household income
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Median home price in Pinellas

What we’re doing

  • Added thousands of new affordable homes in the last decade with local, state, federal and private investment.
  • Currently investing an est. $80 million from the Penny for Pinellas sales tax to spur more affordable development from 2020-2030.
  • This year, the County has committed $23.4 million toward 1,197 units that include 884 affordable homes.
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Get Involved

  • 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.