Jacksonville Housing Authority
1300 Broad Street
Jacksonville, Duval County, FL

904-630-3810 http://www.jaxha.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville Housing Authority (JHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. There is no notice of when it last opened, or when it will reopen.

For more information, please visit the JHA FAQ here.

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

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

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

This housing authority offers 21 apartment communities and a scattered site program. For a detailed listing of each community this housing authority offers, please follow this link.

There are two ways to apply for public housing:
1. Visit the housing authority website to pick up an application, located at 1300 N. Broad St., 1st Floor, Jacksonville, FL 32202, Monday-Friday, between the hours of 8am and 4:30pm.
2. Follow this link to download the public housing application forms. Be sure to download, print, and complete all seven forms.

Once the application has been completed it must be hand delivered to the address listed above. The housing authority will time stamp the top page of the application for you to keep for your records. Be sure to include copies of these items with your application: social security cards, 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: living and/or working in Jacksonville, working families, victims of domestic violence, displaced by government action, and veterans.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://www.jaxha.org/, or they can be reached with any questions you may have by calling 904-630-3810, during normal office hours, Monday-Friday.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Jacksonville Housing Authority operates 2,870 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Jacksonville Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 7% studio apartments, 34% 1 bedroom apartments, 32% 2 bedroom apartments, 22% 3 bedroom apartments, 3% 4 bedroom apartments and 1% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Jacksonville Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 2,818 out of a total 2,870 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 1.81%.

Family Type

Of the 2,420 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 145 (5.99%) were elderly, 2,275 (94.01%) were non-elderly, 822 (33.97%) were disabled, 1,469 (60.7%) contained children and 1,385 (57.23%) 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 Jacksonville Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Jacksonville Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $239.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $187. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $224. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $447. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $188.

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 Jacksonville Housing Authority portfolio, 86% of households identified as Black, 12% identified as White, and 5% 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 Jacksonville Housing Authority properties, 2,338 were Extremely Low Income, 390 were Very Low Income, 86 were Low Income and 6 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Jacksonville Housing Authority properties is $10,349. Of all public housing residents, 5% have no income and 5% earn more than $25,000 while 90% 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 Jacksonville Housing Authority public housing 33% have wage income, 6% have welfare income, 49% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 26% have other income and 4% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 2,820 households containing 6,523 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 2.3.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 60.7% of households included children. Across all household members in Jacksonville Housing Authority public houins units 20.1% are aged zero to five and 29% are aged 6 to 17.

8.8% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 42.1% 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 Jacksonville Housing Authority public housing communities. 28.9% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 14.47% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 56.63% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Jacksonville Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 21 projects which contain 2,795 affordable rental units. It also administers 7,292 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Jacksonville Housing Authority is determined to be a Large public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1,250 - 9,999 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 Jacksonville Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (28%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (72%) to that of all housing authorities in Florida, Jacksonville 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 (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, Jacksonville Housing Authority scored an average of 99 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 104 in 2002 and a low score of 86 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Florida is 75.77.

Jacksonville 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)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

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

Jacksonville Housing Authority manages 17 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 77. The scores for properties managed by Jacksonville Housing Authority range from a high of 95 to a low of 0.

The highest scoring property in the Jacksonville Housing Authority portfolio is Lindsey Terrace and the lowest scoring property is Riviera North Apartments.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 94% of properties managed by Jacksonville Housing Authority 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 Jacksonville Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 8/10/12 Plan
2011 9/6/11 Plan
2010 8/18/10 Plan
2009 10/29/09 Plan
2008 10/21/08 Plan
2007 10/31/07 Plan
2006 9/18/06 Plan
2005 12/13/05 Plan
2004 11/12/04 Plan
2003 11/3/03 Plan
2001 12/10/01 Plan
2000 10/6/00 Plan