About Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority

The Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

The Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority serves Niceville and Fort Walton Beach.

Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

This housing authority offers one apartment community with 124 units ranging in size from 1 to 5 bedrooms.

To apply for public housing please follow this link to download, then print and complete the application.

Once the application has been completed it must be hand delivered to the housing authority, located at 27 Robinwood Dr., SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, during normal office hours, Monday-Friday. Please Note:  A full list of everything needed to be included with the application, is on the front page of the application.

This housing authority does not have any preferences: Your application is placed by date and time received.

Please Note: If you are not working more than 30 hours a week you will be required to do 8 hours of community service a month.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://www.fwbha.com/, or they can be reached with any questions you may have by calling 850-243-3224, during normal office hours, Monday-Friday.

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.

Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority (FWBHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last opened for six months in December 2014, and prior to that for one month in September 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Last Updated on 06/29/2015.


About the Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority manages 703 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 605 3 8 87
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $467 $564 $698 $461
Monthly Cost $282,328 $1,691 $5,580 $40,139

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Fort Walton Beach 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 16% having issued approximately 43 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 4 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 $14,364 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 65% were extremely low income (ELI). 33% of households had wages as a major source of income, 0% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 67% 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, 44% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 24% 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.

37% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 34% of households with children have a female head of household. 75% of all households were headed by a female.

50% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 42% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 26% 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. 77% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

31% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 50% with 2 bedrooms and 19% 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 Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $367 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $664. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $133.



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.