Clearwater Housing Authority
908 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, Pinellas County, FL


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Clearwater Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on August 12th, 2016.

The Clearwater Housing Authority (CHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day in August 2016, and prior to that for one day in August 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen. 

Clearwater, FL is about 20 miles west of Tampa, FL.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to download and print the application online.

Once the application has been completed, it must have been mailed to the CHA office. Mailed applications must have been postmarked on August 11, 2016 or August 12, 2016, and received by the CHA no later than August 19, 2016.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery. Persons placed on the waiting list will be notified by mail within 120 days of the deadline date.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 CHA website, or call the office at (727) 461-5777.

Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Public Housing Waiting List Status

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Clearwater Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update May 22nd, 2015.

The Clearwater Housing Authority is not accepting public housing waiting list applications at this time.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Clearwater Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 5 projects which contain 202 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,340 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Clearwater Housing Authority is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Clearwater Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (13%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (87%) to that of all housing authorities in Florida, Clearwater Housing Authority has a smaller proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Florida.

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, Clearwater Housing Authority scored an average of 95 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2007 and a low score of 78 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Florida is 75.77.

Clearwater Housing Authority 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 Clearwater Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 5/2/11 Plan
2010 2/5/10 Plan
2008 2/14/08 Plan
2007 2/26/07 Plan
2006 3/7/06 Plan
2005 3/31/05 Plan
2004 1/7/04 Plan
2003 2/11/03 Plan
2002 4/15/02 Plan
2001 3/29/01 Plan
2000 6/23/00 Plan