Panama City Housing Authority
804 E 15th Street
Panama City, Bay County, FL


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Panama City Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on November 6th, 2015.

The Panama City Housing Authority (PCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last opened for nearly two weeks in October 2015, and prior to that in November 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply, applicants were required to visit the PCHA office to submit a pre-application.

No preferences were identified.

The PCHA placed an unspecified number of applicants on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, call the PCHA office at (850) 769-2358.

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 : Open

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

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

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

There are two ways to apply for public housing:
1. Request an application be mailed to you by calling 850-769-2358, during normal office hours, Monday-Friday.
2. Visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at 804 E. 15th St., Panama City, FL , during normal office hours.

Once the application has been completed it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. Be sure to include a copy of a photo ID for all adult household members.

This housing authority does not have a preference, your application is placed by date and time received.

For more information the housing authority can be reached by calling 850-769-2358, during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Panama City Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 450 affordable rental units. It also administers 468 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Panama City 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 Medium Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Panama City Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (49%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (51%) to that of all housing authorities in Florida, Panama City 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, Panama City Housing Authority scored an average of 97 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 104 in 2002 and a low score of 79 in 2007. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Florida is 75.77.

Panama City 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)

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 Panama City Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 9/7/12 Plan
2011 9/15/11 Plan
2010 8/18/10 Plan
2009 8/20/09 Plan
2008 10/21/08 Plan
2007 10/2/07 Plan
2006 9/1/06 Plan
2005 10/21/05 Plan
2004 1/25/05 Plan
2003 8/8/03 Plan
2001 9/27/01 Plan
2000 11/29/00 Plan