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Gainesville Housing Authority

1900 4th Street
Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida 32641

Gainesville Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Gainesville, Florida that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of June 1st, 2020, Gainesville Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The The Grove at Sweetwater Preserve Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now.

Gainesville Housing Authority serves Alachua County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
The Grove at Sweetwater Preserve Open Now
Alachua County, Florida Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Efficiency, 4, and 5-Bedroom Public Housing Closed

Open Gainesville Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some upcoming waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response.

Gainesville Housing Authority Website: http://gainesvillehousingauthority.org/.

Gainesville Housing Authority Phone: (352) 872-5502.

Open Now: The Grove at Sweetwater Preserve Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Gainesville Housing Authority (GHA) waiting list for 1, 2, 3 and 4-Bedroom apartments at The Grove at Sweetwater Preserve is currently open. Applications are being accepted from May 12, 2020 at 8:00 am ET, until 300 applications have been recieved.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

Please note: The online application states " We are currently not accepting applications" Affordable Housing Online has not been able to confirm if this waiting list is still open.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the GHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the GHA, as of May 13, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Gainesville, Florida.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (352) 872-5500.

Last Updated on 05/13/2020.

Other Gainesville Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Alachua County, Florida Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Gainesville Housing Authority (GHA) Section 8 Housing Choice voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for three days in July 2018; and prior to that in August, 2016, and for one day in June, 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

This waiting list had the following preferences: Elderly, disabled, homeless.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the GHA website, or call the office at (352) 872-5502.

Last Updated on 09/22/2018.

Closed: Efficiency, 4, and 5-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Gainesville Housing Authority (GHA) waiting list for Efficiency, 4, and 5-Bedroom Public Housing apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from August 26, 2019, until October 31, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the GHA website.

Last Updated on 10/31/2019.

About Gainesville Housing Authority

More information about Gainesville Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://gainesvillehousingauthority.org/.

Representatives of Gainesville Housing Authority may be available by phone at (352) 872-5502. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status online at https://gainesvilleha.housingmanager.com/application/lookup.

How To Update Your Application

Persons on the waiting list can update their application information online here.

HCV Portability Status

As of 06/01/2020, it is not known if Gainesville Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Gainesville Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Gainesville Housing Authority manages 1,212 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 917 2 21 88 14 170
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $621 $516 $866 $645 $1,041 $565
Monthly Cost $569,050 $1,031 $18,193 $56,751 $14,574 $96,049

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Gainesville 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 7% having issued approximately 177 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 21 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.8 persons and has a household income of $12,893 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 69% were extremely low income (ELI). 36% 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 56% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 64% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 14% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 0% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

60% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 58% of households with children have a female head of household. 82% of all households were headed by a female.

85% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 81% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Gainesville Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 14% include at least one person with a disability. 21% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 62% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

14% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 45% with 2 bedrooms and 41% with 3 or more bedrooms. 23% 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 Gainesville Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $354 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $660. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $221.



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.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Gainesville Housing Authority

Scattered Sites

1900 SE 4th St
Gainesville, Florida

Oak Park

100 NE 8th Ave
Gainesville, Florida

Scattered Sites

2626 E University Ave
Gainesville, Florida

Low Income Housing Managed by Gainesville Housing Authority

Woodland Park Apartments

1900 Southeast 4 Street
Gainesville, Florida
Call For Rent
Studio-4 BR
Accepts Vouchers