Pahokee Housing Authority
465 Friend Terrace
Pahokee, Palm Beach County, FL


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The Section 8 and Public Housing programs administered by this housing authority are often over subscribed requiring the use of a waiting list. The waiting list would typically only open for brief periods. To find out of the waiting list is open or when it may open, please contact the housing authority directly.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

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The Pahokee Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

This housing authority offers three apartment communities for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing you must visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at 465 Friend Terrace, Pahokee, FL 33476, during normal office hours.

When you pick up the application at the office, they will set you up with an appointment to return your application. Be sure to have these original documents at the time of your appointment: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, proof of any assets, copies of bank statements, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: living and/or working in Pahokee, disabled, elderly, or victim of domestic violence.

For more information the housing authority can be reached by calling 561-924-5565, during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Pahokee Housing Authority operates 480 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Pahokee Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 2% studio apartments, 18% 1 bedroom apartments, 34% 2 bedroom apartments, 37% 3 bedroom apartments, 8% 4 bedroom apartments and 1% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Pahokee Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 475 out of a total 480 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 1.04%.

Family Type

Of the 430 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 53 (12.33%) were elderly, 377 (87.67%) were non-elderly, 110 (25.58%) were disabled, 300 (69.77%) contained children and 281 (65.35%) 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 Pahokee Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Pahokee Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $379.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $415. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $321. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $643. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $384.

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 Pahokee Housing Authority portfolio, 98% of households identified as Black, 2% identified as White, and 1% 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 Pahokee Housing Authority properties, 360 were Extremely Low Income, 78 were Very Low Income, 21 were Low Income and 12 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Pahokee Housing Authority properties is $15,338. Of all public housing residents, 0% have no income and 13% earn more than $25,000 while 87% 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 Pahokee Housing Authority public housing 42% have wage income, 64% have welfare income, 52% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 36% have other income and 0% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 475 households containing 1,325 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 2.8.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 69.77% of households included children. Across all household members in Pahokee Housing Authority public houins units 20.8% are aged zero to five and 31.6% are aged 6 to 17.

8.2% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 39.5% 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 Pahokee Housing Authority public housing communities. 17.47% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 8.21% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 74.32% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Pahokee Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 3 projects which contain 474 affordable rental units. It also administers 76 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Pahokee 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 Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Pahokee Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (86%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (14%) to that of all housing authorities in Florida, Pahokee Housing Authority has a larger 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, Pahokee 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 100 in 2004 and a low score of 70 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Florida is 75.77.

Pahokee 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)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Pahokee Housing Authority manages 3 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 79. The scores for properties managed by Pahokee Housing Authority range from a high of 87 to a low of 70.

The highest scoring property in the Pahokee Housing Authority portfolio is Padgett Island Homes and the lowest scoring property is Mc Clure Village.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Pahokee Housing Authority have a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 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 Pahokee Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 5/25/11 Plan
2010 6/4/10 Plan
2007 6/25/07 Plan
2006 7/20/06 Plan
2005 9/14/05 Plan
2004 6/8/04 Plan
2003 8/14/03 Plan
2002 6/28/02 Plan
2001 6/1/01 Plan
2000 8/11/00 Plan