Lakeland Housing Authority
430 Hartsell Avenue
Lakeland, Polk County, FL

863-687-2911 http://lakelandhousing.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Lakeland Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on October 25th, 2016.

The Lakeland Housing Authority (LHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open on a limited basis for three days in October 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


Lakeland, FL is about 35 miles east of Tampa, FL.

Please note: According to the LHA, the office "will only accept applications for working families and/or elderly/disabled families."

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants were placed on the waiting list. We have contacted the LHA, and will update this page when more information becomes available.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 LHA website, or call the office at (863) 687-2911.


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 Lakeland Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update September 23rd, 2016.

The Lakeland Housing Authority (LHA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications at this time. The waiting list for AMP 1-3 was last open in September 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application.

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 LHA website.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Lakeland Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 5 projects which contain 319 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,525 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Lakeland 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 Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Lakeland Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (17%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (83%) to that of all housing authorities in Florida, Lakeland 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, Lakeland Housing Authority scored an average of 87 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 97 in 2008 and a low score of 74 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Florida is 75.77.

Lakeland 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 Lakeland Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 4/1/11 Plan
2010 4/14/10 Plan
2009 12/16/08 Plan
2008 1/7/08 Plan
2007 11/30/06 Plan
2006 12/7/05 Plan
2005 1/20/05 Plan
2004 12/5/03 Plan
2003 3/21/03 Plan
2002 1/17/02 Plan
2001 1/17/01 Plan
2000 6/9/00 Plan