Penny for Pinellas Affordable Housing Program

Program Highlights

  • The Penny for Pinellas Affordable Housing Program uses revenue from the voter approved 1-percent sales tax along with other public and private investment to preserve and develop more affordable housing.
  • The County has committed $80 million over the next decade to use with public and private investment for the development and preservation of affordable housing units.
  • Funds may be used for land acquisition or for capital projects associated with the development, construction and major rehabilitation of housing units affordable to the local workforce.
  • Allowable project types can vary greatly. Projects may include some market rate units but must include at least 30% of the total units as affordable to households earning no more than 120% of the Area Median Income (AMI).
  • In addition to program funding, Pinellas County has a number of other incentives available to facilitate affordable housing development (i.e. density bonuses, regulatory flexibility, etc.)

The County is looking for a variety of applicants, including developers who specialize in affordable housing and those who traditionally build market-rate developments as well as municipal and nonprofit partners.

Applications for the program are taken on a rolling basis throughout the year. Builders and developers with projects in Pinellas County that meet program requirements are welcome to complete the application process to begin staff review.

Review and approval process takes approximately 60 days

Projects will be reviewed by staff following the submittal, and recommended projects will go to the County Commission for approval. Applications will continue to be taken as long as funding remains available.

Approved Projects

As of July 2021, eight projects have been conditionally approved by the Board of County Commissioners and have begun the development process.  The County has committed $23.4 million of Penny for Pinellas funding to produce 1,197 units of which 884 will be affordable.

The table below provides a detailed summary of the approved projects.

Development Name Funded AmountTotal Dev CostTotal unitsAffordable unitsSubsidy/
Affordable Unit
Set Asides
Skyway Lofts$700,000$16,462,2966565$10,76910 < 30%; 42 < 60%; 13 < 80%
The Shores$750,000$12,600,0005151$14,70651 < 60%
New Northeast$4,000,000$97,000,000415124$32,25859 units < 80%
65 units < 120%
remaining units market rate
Washington Avenue Apartments$5,620,000$38,436,995171171$32,86518 < 80%: 49 < 100%;
104 < 120%
Innovare$1,000,000$16,933,1485150$20,0004 < 30% AMI
8 < 50% AMI
38 < 60% AMI
1 at Market Rate
Sixty90 on Central $3,500,000$49,075,000204183$19,126.0042 < 80% AMI
141 < 120% AMI
21 at Market Rate
Oakhurst Trace $6,750,000$50,821,370220220$30,682220 below 60% AMI
Whispering Pines $680,000$5,576,6142020$34,0004 < 30% AMI
11 < 50% AMI
5 < 60% AMI
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Applying for the Penny for Pinellas Affordable Housing Program

To qualify for Penny for Pinellas Affordable Housing Program funds, prospective projects must include affordable units for income qualified households. The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) has adopted program guidelines to prioritize projects based on a number of factors, including, but not limited to, range of incomes served, number of units and financial commitment by the project developer. These guidelines were developed by a countywide committee including local municipal agency partners and can be found on the program website. 

Applicants seeking funding for eligible projects will be required to submit an application that is reviewed and scored based on weighted project categories, and then forwarded to the Board of County Commissioners for consideration.

Housing Project Framework


Increase the number of affordable housing units throughout Pinellas County by supporting the development of new affordable units and preservation/rehabilitation of existing affordable units.

Eligible Projects

  • Minimum 10 affordable units / No Maximum Unit Count
  • A Minimum of 30% of the units must be affordable 

Eligible Use Of Funds

  • Land Acquisition as authorized by Florida Statute Section 212.055(2)(d)(1)(e)  All land acquired with designated land acquisition funds will remain in ownership by a local government or special district.
  • Capital Projects as authorized by Florida Statute Section 212.055(2)(d)(3)  Includes the hard costs associated with site improvements, infrastructure and building construction including major rehabilitation of existing units.

Ineligible Use Of Funds

Financing, administrative or operating costs (other restrictions may apply)

Project Scoring

Each category is weighted based on funding preferences. The scoring will help staff prepare recommendation reports for each application to the Board of County Commissioners. The County will include the scoring results, the adopted program guidelines, and other quantitative and qualitative information to develop project recommendations

Pie Chart

What You’ll Need To apply

To apply for funds, a complete application including supplemental developer and project information must be submitted. Please note: applications will only be eligible for review if all of the required documents are included. Please review the application for the required documents, which include:

  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Insurance Documentation
  • Evidence of Site Control
  • Property Information
  • Preliminary Site Plan
  • Development Schedule
  • Development Budget Sources and Uses

How to Apply 

  • Review the Sample Application
  • Gather necessary documents
  • Apply online

Timeline of Application Cycles

Round 1 June 29-August 31, 2020 (Complete)

On January 12, 2021, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved four projects recommended by staff. More information on the approved projects can be found by clicking the links below:

Round 2 October 1-November 30, 2020 (Complete)

No applications were recommended from round 2 applicants.

Round 3 February 1-March 31, 2021 (Under Review)

Round 3 applications are currently under review.

Round 4 June 7th, 2021 Onward

NEW! Beginning June 7th, 2021, applications will be accepted at any time, subject to funding availability. Please ensure your application contains all required documentation to avoid delays in review and processing.

Graphic of application process. 1. Application. 2. Initial Review. 3. Multi-department review and scoring. 4. Forward to BCC. 5. BCC Aware determination and delegation of authority. 6. Begin due diligence period.