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Housing Authority of Brevard County

1401 Guava Ave
Melbourne, Brevard County, Florida 32935

Housing Authority of Brevard County is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.

Housing Authority of Brevard County serves Brevard County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Brevard County, Florida Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Other Housing Authority of Brevard County Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some 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, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Housing Authority of Brevard County Website: https://habc.us/.

Housing Authority of Brevard County Phone: (321) 775-1592.

COVID-19 Update: As of April 2, 2020, the Housing Authority of Brevard County website says:

"In response to the current situation, we’ve implemented our staff telecommuting plan which takes effect on Monday, March 23, 2020 and will remain in place until further notice.

All HABC/MHA offices will be closed to the general public until further notice."

More information can be found here.

Closed: Brevard County, Florida Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Brevard County (HABC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from July 1, 2020, until July 5, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: When this waiting list was originally scheduled to open in April, 2020, it was planned to reopen again in October, 2020 and January, 2021. However, the HABC has cancelled the October and January openings "due to constraints from COVID-19."

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

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Displacement Due to a Presidentially Declared Natural Disaster: (15 points) This preference is extended to families that have been displaced due to a presidentially declared natural disaster. The disaster must have either occurred in the past year or the family must still be living in temporary housing or receiving housing assistance subsidies that will expire. The family must also provide proof that they have applied for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
  • Disabled Preference: (2 points) This preference is extended to persons or families where the head of household, spouse, co-head or sole member is disabled. Proof of preference will be verified at time of selection. (HUD regulations prohibit admission preferences for specific types of disabilities.)
  • Elderly Preference: (2 points) This preference is extended to persons or families where the head of household, spouse, co-head or sole member is 62 years of age or older.
  • Veteran Preference: (1 point) A preference will be given for applicants that are Veterans, honorably discharged from the US Armed Forces.
  • FYI Voucher Holder Preference: (10 points) A preference will be given for applicants that currently hold Foster Youth to Independence Vouchers.
  • Current Public Housing Residents who are disabled: (10 points) Any current Resident of Public Housing that is disabled and need a fully designed Handicap Unit.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HABC website.

Sources: This information was verified the HABC, as of October 1, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Brevard County, Florida .

Last Updated on 10/06/2020.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Brevard County (HABC) Public Housing waiting list for 3 and 4-Bedroom apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from August 24, 2020 until September 30, 2020. 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 HABC website.

Last Updated on 10/01/2020.

About Housing Authority of Brevard County

More information about Housing Authority of Brevard County can be found on its website at https://habc.us/.

Representatives of Housing Authority of Brevard County may be available by phone at (321) 775-1592. 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 http://habc.us/HCVPSection8/Section8Lottery/tabid/7641/Default.aspx.

You can check your waiting list status by phone by calling (321) 775-0417 or (321) 775-0418.

HCV Portability Status

As of October 31st, 2020, it is not known if Housing Authority of Brevard County is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 04/03/2019, Housing Authority of Brevard County is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Housing Authority of Brevard County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of Brevard County manages 1,710 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 Tenant Protection Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,483 2 2 45 178
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $719 $1,421 $652 $891 $658
Monthly Cost $1,066,246 $2,841 $1,304 $40,085 $117,203

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of Brevard County

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 10% having issued approximately 192 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 10 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.6 persons and has a household income of $12,836 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 66% were extremely low income (ELI). 30% 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 62% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 61% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 16% 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.

54% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 52% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

78% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 66% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of Brevard County Housing Choice Voucher program, 20% include at least one person with a disability. 30% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 73% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

32% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 42% with 2 bedrooms and 26% with 3 or more bedrooms. 10% 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 Housing Authority of Brevard County voucher holders in 2016 was $331 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $646. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $137.



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 Housing Authority of Brevard County

Bc North

630 Kurek Ct
Merritt Island, Florida

Bc South

4000 N Riverside Dr
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida