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


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 July 28th, 2015.

The Lakeland Housing Authority (LHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when the waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the LHA website, or call the LHA 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 Statuses

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 May 22nd, 2015.

Family Senior Other
ClosedClosedNot Applicable

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

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Lakeland Housing Authority operates 318 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Lakeland Housing Authority public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 27% 1 bedroom apartments, 43% 2 bedroom apartments, 24% 3 bedroom apartments and 5% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Lakeland Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 311 out of a total 318 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 2.2%.

Family Type

Of the 239 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 27 (11.3%) were elderly, 212 (88.7%) were non-elderly, 74 (30.96%) were disabled, 171 (71.55%) contained children and 159 (66.53%) 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 Lakeland Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Lakeland Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $395.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $188. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $206. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $412. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $419.

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 Lakeland Housing Authority portfolio, 72% of households identified as Black, 27% identified as White, and 21% 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 Lakeland Housing Authority properties, 201 were Extremely Low Income, 85 were Very Low Income, 21 were Low Income and 3 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Lakeland Housing Authority properties is $12,258. Of all public housing residents, 8% have no income and 8% earn more than $25,000 while 84% 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 Lakeland Housing Authority public housing 32% have wage income, 23% have welfare income, 57% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 18% 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 311 households containing 775 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 2.5.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 71.55% of households included children. Across all household members in Lakeland Housing Authority public houins units 21% are aged zero to five and 28.9% are aged 6 to 17.

13.8% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 36.3% 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 Lakeland Housing Authority public housing communities. 26.05% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 9.32% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 64.63% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

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 (, 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 (, 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