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

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

Section 8 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.

Resident Characteristics
as of May 31, 2015

Ocala Housing Authority operates 186 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Ocala Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 13% studio apartments, 28% 1 bedroom apartments, 30% 2 bedroom apartments, 23% 3 bedroom apartments and 6% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Ocala Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (May 31, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 182 out of a total 186 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 2.15%.

Family Type

Of the 85 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 16 (18.82%) were elderly, 69 (81.18%) were non-elderly, 59 (69.41%) were disabled, 38 (44.71%) contained children and 88 (103.53%) 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 (May 31, 2015) the minimum rent in Ocala Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Ocala Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $226.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $314. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $198. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $395. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $199.

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 Ocala Housing Authority portfolio, 73% of households identified as Black, 27% identified as White, and 10% 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 Ocala Housing Authority properties, 133 were Extremely Low Income, 36 were Very Low Income, 10 were Low Income and 2 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Ocala Housing Authority properties is $9,537. Of all public housing residents, 9% have no income and 5% earn more than $25,000 while 86% 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 Ocala Housing Authority public housing 27% have wage income, 33% have welfare income, 52% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 26% have other income and 5% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (May 31, 2015), there were a total of 182 households containing 439 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 2.4.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 44.71% of households included children. Across all household members in Ocala Housing Authority public houins units 22.6% are aged zero to five and 27.3% are aged 6 to 17.

7.3% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 42.8% 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 Ocala Housing Authority public housing communities. 28.57% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 9.89% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 61.54% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

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)

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