Tampa Housing Authority
1529 W Main Street
Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL

813-253-0551 http://www.thafl.com/

Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Closed

The Tampa Housing Authority (THA) of the city of Tampa and Hillsborough County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. The waiting list was last open in October, 2006 and received more than 10,000 applications. 

Applicants were accepted into the waiting list list by random lottery, and then chosen from the list by local preferences.

The local preferences were: employed, attending a school of secondary education, rent burdened, homeless, disabled, or living in substandard conditions.

The Housing Authority acquired the Hillsborough County Housing Program October 1, 2011. The waiting list for Hillsborough County has approximately 12,000 families. Therefore, combining the City and County waiting list for rental assistance brings the total to approximately 14,000 families.

The Tampa Housing Authority (THA) will not be able to re-open the waitlist until these lists have been exhausted. Therefore, it cannot be determined when the waiting list will reopen.

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

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Tampa Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 28 projects which contain 2,969 affordable rental units. It also administers 7,935 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Tampa Housing Authority is determined to be a Large public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1,250 - 9,999 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 Tampa Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (27%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (73%) to that of all housing authorities in Florida, Tampa 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 (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, Tampa Housing Authority scored an average of 88 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2008 and a low score of 70 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Florida is 75.77.

Tampa 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.

Tampa Housing Authority manages 15 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 90. The scores for properties managed by Tampa Housing Authority range from a high of 99 to a low of 62.

The highest scoring property in the Tampa Housing Authority portfolio is Belmont Heights Estates Phase III and the lowest scoring property is Bay Ceia.

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

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 2/16/11 Plan
2010 2/12/10 Plan
2009 2/26/09 Plan
2007 3/2/07 Plan
2006 3/2/06 Plan
2005 6/6/05 Plan
2004 4/2/04 Plan
2003 3/25/03 Plan
2002 3/18/02 Plan
2001 6/19/01 Plan
2000 8/4/00 Plan


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Section 8 Vouchers

Large (1,250 - 9,999)

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Large (1,250 - 9,999)

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