About Crestview Housing Authority

The Crestview Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Crestview, Florida.

The Crestview Housing Authority serves Crestview.

Crestview Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Crestview, Florida Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Crestview Housing Authority (CHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for 12 days in 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

2/21/17 UPDATE: The CHA Section 8 HCV waiting list was originally scheduled to open from March 20, 2017 at 8:30 am, until March 24, 2017 at 5:00 pm CT. However, according to this news article, the CHA has cancelled the opening until further notice. CHA Section 8 Administrator Lynda Carmical has stated the cancellation is because of "uncertainty with a new administration and how much funding will be distributed." Carmical said that persons currently on the waiting list should not be affected. This is the first we have heard of a housing authority suspending a waiting list opening due to concerns over the Trump administration. We will monitor this housing authority and provide updates when more information becomes available.

Our Take: This does not mean that the Trump administration is defunding the Section 8 program as a whole. The Section 8 program is administered by more than 2,000 housing authorities nationwide at the local level.

Only the housing authority that serves Crestview, FL has cancelled its Section 8 waiting list opening. This does not mean that the Crestview Housing Authority (CHA) has suspended its Section 8 program, either. The persons remaining on the waiting list should not be affected, according to the CHA. It is likely that the waiting list will open again at a later date, as long as funds are available.

However, there is a real concern that other housing authorities will follow the lead of the CHA.

For more information, visit the CHA website, or call the office at (850) 682-2413.

Last Updated on 02/21/2017.

About the Crestview Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Crestview Housing Authority manages 186 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard VASH
Vouchers 168 18
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $440 $459
Monthly Cost $73,956 $8,268

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Crestview Housing Authority

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 12% having issued approximately 16 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 4 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 12 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $14,797 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 66% were extremely low income (ELI). 40% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 59% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

5% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 55% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 18% 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.

53% of households included children, 6% of which had two adults in the household. 50% of households with children have a female head of household. 81% of all households were headed by a female.

58% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 53% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Crestview Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 18% include at least one person with a disability. 40% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 51% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

22% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 38% with 2 bedrooms and 40% with 3 or more bedrooms. 27% 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 Crestview Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $386 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $593. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $154.

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.