About Citrus County Housing Services

The Citrus County Housing Services is a Section 8 Public Housing Agency in Lecanto, Florida.

The Citrus County Housing Services serves Citrus County, Sumter County, Inverness, Crystal River, Hernando, Homosassa, Floral City, Beverly Hills, Bushnell, Webster, Lake Panasoffkee, Wildwood, Center Hill and Coleman.

Citrus County Housing Services Waiting Lists

Citrus County Housing Services Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Citrus County Housing Services (CCHS) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed,. It was last open for five days in May 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a friend or family member's computer, or one at a local library.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Citrus County residents, elderly, disabled, victims of domestic violence.

400 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the CCHS website, or call the office at (352) 527-7520.

Last Updated on 05/06/2016.

More information about Citrus County Housing Services can be found on its website at http://citrusbocc.com/commserv/housing/rental-assistance.htm.

About the Citrus County Housing Services Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Citrus County Housing Services manages 200 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 181 9 10
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $404 $628 $288
Monthly Cost $73,178 $5,652 $2,876

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Citrus County Housing Services

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 11% having issued approximately 21 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 11 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 27 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2 persons and has a household income of $12,756 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 57% were extremely low income (ELI). 17% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 81% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

0% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 39% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 32% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, -1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

33% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 31% of households with children have a female head of household. 70% of all households were headed by a female.

36% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 25% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Citrus County Housing Services Housing Choice Voucher program, 36% include at least one person with a disability. 57% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 70% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

27% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 44% with 2 bedrooms and 29% with 3 or more bedrooms. 31% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Citrus County Housing Services voucher holders in 2016 was $348 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $535. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $177.

1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.