Ocala Housing Authority
1629 NW 4th Street
Ocala, Marion County, FL

352-369-2636 http://www.ocalahousing.org/

Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Closed

The Ocala Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is now closed. They have met both their in person and online quotas. Ocala will begin pulling applications in January and have stated that successful applicants can check their status after January 15th through the Ocala Housing Authority website.

Many complained that the online application quickly became unavailable. A housing authority representative has this to say:

"For those with questions about the online application not going through completely, there were hundreds of people who began the process online at 8:00 AM sharp, and Mrs. Dawson has confirmed with our IT company that 300 WERE ACCEPTED VERY EARLY ON, and the system would not accept any after 300.

Our IT company is preparing a list of the 300 names that were accepted, and will provide to Mrs. Dawson today (November 6, 2014).

Applicants can begin going online AFTER JANUARY 15th  to see their number on the waiting list."

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
ClosedClosedNot Applicable

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

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Ocala Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 3 projects which contain 186 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,314 Section 8 housing vouchers.

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

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Ocala Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (12%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (88%) to that of all housing authorities in Florida, Ocala 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, Ocala Housing Authority scored an average of 95 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 104 in 2003 and a low score of 85 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Florida is 75.77.

Ocala 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.

As of the last set of publicly available data, Ocala Housing Authority manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 67. To be a passing score, a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. As of the last set of publicly available data, Deer Run has a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (data.gov, 2014)

Total Tenant Payment Percentages What is Total Tenant Payment?

Tenants in public housing pay rent based on their income. Generally, the Total Tenant Payment (TTP) is 30% of the tenant’s adjusted income. Ocala Housing Authority owns and manages 186 public housing units in 3 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for Ocala Housing Authority is $242.00 compared to the state average of $278.00.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for the state of Florida ranges from a low of $193.00 to a high of $423.00.

Source Resident Characteristics Report (hud.gov, 2013)

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 Ocala Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 10/1/12 Plan
2011 10/3/11 Plan
2010 8/18/10 Plan
2009 7/16/09 Plan
2008 8/28/08 Plan
2008 8/28/08 Plan
2007 10/17/07 Plan
2006 7/18/06 Plan
2005 10/25/05 Plan
2004 11/12/04 Plan
2003 11/26/03 Plan
2001 1/16/02 Plan
2000 10/6/00 Plan

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Section 8 Vouchers

Small (50 - 249)

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