Citrus County Housing Services
2804 W. Marc Knighton Court
Lecanto, Citrus County, FL


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Citrus County Housing Services Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on May 2nd, 2016.

The Citrus County Housing Services (CCHS) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open, from May 2, 2016 at 9:00 am, until May 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm ET.

Please note: 

  • This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.
  • Applicants will be placed on this waiting list by random lottery, meaning the time you submit this application has no effect on your position on the waiting list. There are cases of applicants flooding the website as soon as a scheduled online waiting list opens, causing the website to crash for a period of time. If the website is down, it will eventually be back up to accept applications.
To apply, complete the online application here.

If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a friend or family member's computer, or one at a local library.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Citrus County residents, elderly, disabled, victims of domestic violence.

400 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the CCHS website, or call the office at (352) 527-7520.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Citrus County Housing Services administers a Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority administers 233 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Citrus County Housing Services is designated as Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.

Citrus County Housing Services is among the 25% of Florida housing authorities that only offer Section 8 voucher assistance. If there are any public housing units available in the target area, those units are administered by another housing authority.

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

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Citrus County Housing Services scored an average of 96 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2001 and a low score of 92 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Florida is 75.77.

Citrus County Housing Services has an average score that is more than the average Florida housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (, 2012)

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 Citrus County Housing Services.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 9/23/10 Plan
2008 8/1/08 Plan
2007 7/19/07 Plan
2006 9/11/06 Plan
2005 8/10/05 Plan
2004 9/1/04 Plan
2003 12/11/03 Plan
2001 2/11/02 Plan
2000 4/23/01 Plan