Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority
27 Robinwood Drive SW
Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa County, FL

850-243-3224 http://www.fwbha.com/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on June 29th, 2015.

The Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority (FWBHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last opened for six months in December 2014, and prior to that for one month in September 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


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 : Open

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

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


This housing authority offers one apartment community with 124 units ranging in size from 1 to 5 bedrooms.

To apply for public housing please follow this link to download, then print and complete the application.

Once the application has been completed it must be hand delivered to the housing authority, located at 27 Robinwood Dr., SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, during normal office hours, Monday-Friday. Please Note:  A full list of everything needed to be included with the application, is on the front page of the application.

This housing authority does not have any preferences: Your application is placed by date and time received.

Please Note: If you are not working more than 30 hours a week you will be required to do 8 hours of community service a month.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://www.fwbha.com/, or they can be reached with any questions you may have by calling 850-243-3224, during normal office hours, Monday-Friday.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 173 affordable rental units. It also administers 757 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Fort Walton Beach 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 Medium High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (19%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (81%) to that of all housing authorities in Florida, Fort Walton Beach 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 (hud.gov, 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, Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority scored an average of 92 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2005 and a low score of 79 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Florida is 75.77.

Fort Walton Beach 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 (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 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 Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 5/25/12 Plan
2011 9/22/11 Plan
2010 5/21/10 Plan
2009 6/29/09 Plan
2007 1/9/06 Plan
2006 7/1/06 Plan
2005 12/13/05 Plan
2004 7/21/04 Plan
2003 7/29/03 Plan
2001 12/12/01 Plan
2000 9/8/00 Plan