Area Housing Commission
1920 W Garden Street
Pensacola, Escambia County, FL

850-438-8561

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
Not ApplicableNot ApplicableNot Applicable

The Pensacola Housing Authority does not offer a public housing housing program.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Area Housing Commission operates 603 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Area Housing Commission public housing units range from studio apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 2% studio apartments, 28% 1 bedroom apartments, 46% 2 bedroom apartments, 21% 3 bedroom apartments and 2% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Area Housing Commission’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 578 out of a total 603 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 4.15%.

Family Type

Of the 527 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 44 (8.35%) were elderly, 483 (91.65%) were non-elderly, 186 (35.29%) were disabled, 285 (54.08%) contained children and 271 (51.42%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in Area Housing Commission's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Area Housing Commission’s public housing developments is $241.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $231. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $255. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $510. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $194.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the Area Housing Commission portfolio, 90% of households identified as Black, 9% identified as White, and 1% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in Area Housing Commission properties, 452 were Extremely Low Income, 97 were Very Low Income, 25 were Low Income and 3 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Area Housing Commission properties is $10,254. Of all public housing residents, 2% have no income and 5% earn more than $25,000 while 93% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in Area Housing Commission public housing 33% have wage income, 34% have welfare income, 51% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 56% have other income and 0% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 577 households containing 1,297 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 2.2.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 54.08% of households included children. Across all household members in Area Housing Commission public houins units 19% are aged zero to five and 29.5% are aged 6 to 17.

7.5% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 43.7% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for Area Housing Commission public housing communities. 17.16% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 11.09% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 71.75% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Area Housing Commission administers a public housing program. The housing authority owns and manages 4 projects which contain 603 affordable rental units.

According to HUD, Area Housing Commission is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 public housing units.

Area Housing Commission is among the 20% of Florida housing authorities that only offer public housing. Section 8 assistance in its target area is administered by another nearby housing authority.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Area Housing Commission manages 4 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 87. The scores for properties managed by Area Housing Commission range from a high of 94 to a low of 78.

The highest scoring property in the Area Housing Commission portfolio is Gonzalez-replacement and the lowest scoring property is Attucks Court.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Area Housing Commission have a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (data.gov, 2014)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Area Housing Commission.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 5/4/12 Plan
2011 6/21/11 Plan
2010 5/10/10 Plan
2009 3/28/09 Plan
2008 3/28/08 Plan
2007 2/21/07 Plan
2006 3/8/06 Plan
2005 3/2/05 Plan
2004 2/12/04 Plan
2003 2/13/03 Plan
2002 6/12/01 Plan
2001 6/12/01 Plan
2000 5/17/00 Plan