Polk County Housing Agency
1290 Golfview Ave., Suite 167
Bartow, Polk County, FL


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Polk County Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 1st, 2015.

The Polk County Housing Agency (PCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in April 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

As of July 2015, a PCHA representative stated that the waiting list is expected to stay closed for another three years.

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.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Polk County Housing Agency administers a Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority administers 110 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Polk County Housing Agency is designated as Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.

Polk County Housing Agency is among the 25% of Florida housing authorities that only offer Section 8 voucher assistance. If there are any public housing units available in the target area, those units are administered by another housing authority.

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, Polk County Housing Agency scored an average of 78 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 96 in 2003 and a low score of 48 in 2009. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Florida is 75.77.

Polk County Housing Agency 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 Polk County Housing Agency.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2008 8/18/08 Plan
2007 8/23/07 Plan
2006 8/3/06 Plan
2004 10/27/04 Plan
2003 8/1/03 Plan
2002 12/5/02 Plan
2001 3/13/02 Plan
2000 11/3/00 Plan