Palm Beach County Housing Authority
3432 45th Street
West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, FL

561-684-2160 http://www.pbchafl.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Palm Beach County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 20th, 2015.

The Palm Beach County Housing Authority (PBCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. There is no notice of when the waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen. 


When the waiting list is reopened, the PBCHA has a local preference for working families, which means that at least one member of the family has to be working at least 30 hours a week for one year to be applicable. 


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 Status

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Palm Beach County Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update June 28th, 2016.

The Palm Beach County Housing Authority (PBCHA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list applications at this time.


The PBCHA offers five family apartment communities, and one senior/disabled apartment community. For a detailed listing of the communities, please follow this link.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Working families that have been employed for a consecutive year or more.

For more information, visit the PBCHA website. or call the office at (561) 684-2160 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Palm Beach County Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 492 affordable rental units. It also administers 2,595 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Palm Beach County 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 Palm Beach County Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (16%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (84%) to that of all housing authorities in Florida, Palm Beach County 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, Palm Beach County Housing Authority scored an average of 74 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 99 in 2004 and a low score of 46 in 2005. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Florida is 75.77.

Palm Beach County Housing Authority has an average score that is less 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 Palm Beach County Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2008 9/9/08 Plan
2007 11/8/07 Plan
2006 9/22/06 Plan
2005 10/20/05 Plan
2004 9/24/04 Plan
2003 9/12/03 Plan
2002 9/20/02 Plan
2001 12/14/01 Plan
2000 9/22/00 Plan