Tallahassee Housing Authority
2940 Grady Road
Tallahassee, Leon County, FL

850-385-6126 http://www.tallha.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Tallahassee Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on September 23rd, 2015

The Tallahassee Housing Authority (THA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in 2007. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

As of early 2015, there are more than 1,4000 families currently on the waiting list. The THA 2012 Administrative Plan states that the annual turnover is 121 households per year. At that turnover rate, not taking purges into consideration, the THA wouldn't exhaust its waiting list until around 2025.

For more information, visit the THA website, or call the office at (850) 385-6126.

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
ClosedClosedNot Applicable

The Tallahassee Housing Authority is not accepting public housing waiting list applications at this time.

Resident Characteristics
as of May 31, 2015

Tallahassee Housing Authority operates 544 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Tallahassee Housing Authority public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 18% 1 bedroom apartments, 29% 2 bedroom apartments, 39% 3 bedroom apartments, 12% 4 bedroom apartments and 2% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Tallahassee Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (May 31, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 522 out of a total 544 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 4.04%.

Family Type

Of the 148 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 6 (4.05%) were elderly, 142 (95.95%) were non-elderly, 98 (66.22%) were disabled, 85 (57.43%) contained children and 338 (228.38%) 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 (May 31, 2015) the minimum rent in Tallahassee Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Tallahassee Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $278.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $257. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $275. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $551. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $267.

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 Tallahassee Housing Authority portfolio, 96% 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 Tallahassee Housing Authority properties, 408 were Extremely Low Income, 79 were Very Low Income, 30 were Low Income and 4 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Tallahassee Housing Authority properties is $11,861. Of all public housing residents, 6% have no income and 10% earn more than $25,000 while 84% 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 Tallahassee Housing Authority public housing 41% have wage income, 49% have welfare income, 47% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 35% have other income and 2% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (May 31, 2015), there were a total of 522 households containing 1,649 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 3.2.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 57.43% of households included children. Across all household members in Tallahassee Housing Authority public houins units 16.1% are aged zero to five and 41.4% are aged 6 to 17.

3.5% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 39.1% 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 Tallahassee Housing Authority public housing communities. 20.31% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 11.3% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 68.39% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Tallahassee Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 5 projects which contain 535 affordable rental units. It also administers 2,204 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Tallahassee Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 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 Tallahassee Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (20%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (80%) to that of all housing authorities in Florida, Tallahassee 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, Tallahassee Housing Authority scored an average of 87 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 96 in 2001 and a low score of 63 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Florida is 75.77.

Tallahassee 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 (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

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

Tallahassee Housing Authority manages 3 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 80. The scores for properties managed by Tallahassee Housing Authority range from a high of 89 to a low of 67.

The highest scoring property in the Tallahassee Housing Authority portfolio is Pinewood Place and the lowest scoring property is Orange Ave Apartments.

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

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (data.gov, 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 Tallahassee Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 6/25/12 Plan
2011 9/6/11 Plan
2010 8/18/10 Plan
2009 11/6/09 Plan
2008 6/8/09 Plan
2007 8/9/07 Plan
2006 10/25/06 Plan
2005 10/21/05 Plan
2004 8/17/05 Plan
2003 7/7/04 Plan
2002 4/23/02 Plan
2001 4/26/02 Plan
2000 4/26/01 Plan