Crestview Housing Authority
371 W Hickory Avenue
Crestview, Okaloosa County, FL


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Crestview Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 20th, 2015.

The Crestview Housing Authority in Crestview, Florida Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program waiting list is currently closed.  The last time the waiting list was open was from January 12 to 23, 2015.  At that time, applications were accepted only in person.

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 Statuses

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

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The Crestview Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

This housing authority offers 273 public housing units scattered throughout Crestview.

There are two ways to apply for public housing:
1. Request an application be emailed to you by emailing the housing authority at nikki@chaflcom.
2. Visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at 371 W. Hickory Ave., Crestview, FL 32536.

Once the application has been completed it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. Be sure to include these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, if you have children, documentation that they are enrolled in school, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: senior, disabled, and working families,

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at, or they can be reached with any questions you may have by calling 850-682-2413, during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of May 31, 2015

Crestview Housing Authority operates 273 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Crestview Housing Authority public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 33% 1 bedroom apartments, 34% 2 bedroom apartments, 26% 3 bedroom apartments, 6% 4 bedroom apartments and 1% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Crestview Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (May 31, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 250 out of a total 273 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 8.42%.

Family Type

Of the 117 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 47 (40.17%) were elderly, 70 (59.83%) were non-elderly, 95 (81.2%) were disabled, 34 (29.06%) contained children and 117 (100%) 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 (May 31, 2015) the minimum rent in Crestview Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Crestview Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $357.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $359. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $235. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $470. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $371.

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 Crestview Housing Authority portfolio, 37% of households identified as Black, 61% identified as White, and 4% 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 Crestview Housing Authority properties, 178 were Extremely Low Income, 52 were Very Low Income, 17 were Low Income and 3 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Crestview Housing Authority properties is $15,347. Of all public housing residents, 0% have no income and 12% earn more than $25,000 while 88% 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 Crestview Housing Authority public housing 45% have wage income, 64% have welfare income, 54% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 22% have other income and 0% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (May 31, 2015), there were a total of 250 households containing 594 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 2.4.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 29.06% of households included children. Across all household members in Crestview Housing Authority public houins units 21.2% are aged zero to five and 25.6% are aged 6 to 17.

11.6% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 41.6% 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 Crestview Housing Authority public housing communities. 48% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 19.2% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 32.8% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Crestview Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 273 affordable rental units. It also administers 212 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Crestview Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Crestview Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (56%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (44%) to that of all housing authorities in Florida, Crestview Housing Authority has a larger 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, Crestview Housing Authority scored an average of 90 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2008 and a low score of 78 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Florida is 75.77.

Crestview 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 Crestview Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 5/23/11 Plan
2010 8/18/10 Plan
2009 2/27/09 Plan
2008 2/6/08 Plan
2007 12/11/06 Plan
2006 11/18/05 Plan
2005 1/21/05 Plan
2004 11/5/03 Plan
2003 3/31/03 Plan
2002 9/19/01 Plan
2001 9/19/01 Plan
2000 6/15/00 Plan