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


Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Closed

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 Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenClosedNot Applicable

The Palm Beach County Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families.

Please Note: Public housing waiting list applications are only being accepted for the Marshall Heights community for families who need 3, 4 and 5 bedrooms.

This housing authority offers five family apartment communities, and one apartment community dedicated to senior disabled individuals. For a detailed listing of the communities, please follow this link.

There are two ways to apply for public housing:
1. Stop by the housing authority office to pick up an application, located at 3432 W. 45th St., West Palm Beach, FL 33407, Monday-Friday, during the hours of 8:30am-5:00pm.
2. Download the application here, to print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. No documents are needed at this time.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: working families that have been employed for a consecutive year or more.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at or they can be reached with any questions you may have by calling 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 (, 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 (, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

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

Palm Beach County Housing Authority manages 2 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 74. The scores for properties managed by Palm Beach County Housing Authority range from a high of 76 to a low of 71.

The highest scoring property in the Palm Beach County Housing Authority portfolio is Dyson Circle & South Bay Apartments and the lowest scoring property is Seminole Estate Apt. & Schall 2 Sites .

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Palm Beach County 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 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


Public Housing Projects


Public Housing Units


Section 8 Vouchers

Medium Low (250 - 499)

Public Housing Size

Large (1,250 - 9,999)

Section 8 Size


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