Gainesville Housing Authority

1900 4th Street
Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida
(352) 872-5502

Program Details

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

Gainesville Housing Authority serves Alachua County.

Other Gainesville Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Alachua County, Florida 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: Gainesville, Florida Public Housing Waiting List

The Gainesville Housing Authority (GHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. The waiting list for all bedroom sizes was last open for one month in March 2018. 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.

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

Last Updated on 07/12/2018.

About Gainesville Housing Authority

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

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 09/26/2018, it is not known if Gainesville Housing Authority is accepting 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 most recent VMS report, Gainesville Housing Authority manages 1,207 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 929 2 85 27 164
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $618 $780 $627 $725 $555
Monthly Cost $573,883 $1,560 $53,285 $19,563 $91,076

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.


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