Ocala Housing Authority
1629 N.W. 4th Street
Ocala, Marion County, FL

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

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Opening Soon

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Ocala Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on October 3rd, 2016.

Please note: The Ocala Housing Authority covers Marion County, FL.

The Ocala Housing Authority (OHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon, on November 5, 2016 at 9:00 am ET, until the application limit is reached. It was last open for two days in November 2014.

Please note: 

  • The waiting list will close once 300 applications are submitted online, 300 non-elderly/non-disabled applications are submitted in person, and 300 elderly (62+)/disabled applications are submitted in person.
  • The OHA states, "Per City Ordinance Sec. 46-211, NO overnight stay or parking is allowed at either location." Parking and line up begins at 6:00 am.
There are three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Non-elderly/non-disabled applicants can visit the Ed Croskey Center, located at 1510 NW 4th Street, Ocala, FL 34475.
  3. Elderly/disabled applicants can visit the OHA, located at 1629 NW 4th Street, Ocala, FL 34475.
Applicants who are hearing impaired, or require reasonable accommodation to complete the application must call (352) 369-2240 by October 28, 2016.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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, read the OHA public notice, visit the OHA website, or call the office at (352) 369-2636.

Public Housing Waiting List Status

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Ocala Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update May 22nd, 2015.

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)

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