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Housing Authority of the City of Key West

1400 Kennedy Drive
Key West, Monroe County, Florida 33040

Housing Authority of the City of Key West is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of May 9th, 2021, Housing Authority of the City of Key West has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Housing Authority of the City of Key West serves Key West.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Housing Authority of the City of Key West Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Affordable Housing Open Until Further Notice
Housing Authority of Key West Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Housing Authority of the City of Key West Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Housing Authority of the City of Key West Website: http://www.kwha.org/wordpress0/.

Housing Authority of the City of Key West Phone: (305) 296-5621.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Key West (HAKW) Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least March, 2019, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the application online here. Select the "Key West Public Housing Preliminary Application" link.     
  2. Pick up an application at the HAKW office located at 1400 Kennedy Drive, Key West, Florida, 33040, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, ET.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be either:

  1. Mailed to the HAKW office located at 1400 Kennedy Drive, Key West, Florida, 33040.
  2. Dropped off at the HAKW office at the above location, during office hours.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Elderly, Disabled, Live or Work Locally, Working/Employed.

For more information visit the HAKW website here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (305) 296-5621.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 03/15/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Affordable Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Key West (HAKW) Affordable Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least March, 2019, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the application online here. Select the "Affordable Housing Preliminary Application" link.
  2. Pick up an application at the HAKW office located at 1400 Kennedy Drive, Key West, Florida, 33040, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be either:

  1. Mailed to the HAKW office located at 1400 Kennedy Drive, Key West, Florida, 33040.
  2. Dropped off at the HAKW office at the above location, during office hours.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Elderly, Disabled, Live or Work Locally, Working/Employed.

For more information visit the HAKW website here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (305) 296-5621.

Last Updated on 03/15/2019.

Other Housing Authority of the City of Key West Waiting Lists

Closed: Housing Authority of Key West Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List
The Housing Authority of Key West (HAKW) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last opened for one week in April 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


In 2015, 100 qualified applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.


For more information, call the HAKW office at (305) 296-5621.

Last Updated on 08/10/2015.

About Housing Authority of the City of Key West

More information about Housing Authority of the City of Key West can be found on its website at http://www.kwha.org/wordpress0/.

Representatives of Housing Authority of the City of Key West may be available by phone at (305) 296-5621. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of May 9th, 2021, it is not known if Housing Authority of the City of Key West is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 03/08/2019, Housing Authority of the City of Key West is billing 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 the City of Key West Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of the City of Key West manages 248 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, 2020:

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 243 5
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,090 $756
Monthly Cost $264,771 $3,781

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the City of Key West

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 3% having issued approximately 77 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 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 5 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $21,549 per year. 87% of households were very low income (VLI) and 57% were extremely low income (ELI). 48% 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 50% 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, 42% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 30% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

37% of households included children, 8% of which had two adults in the household. 33% of households with children have a female head of household. 64% of all households were headed by a female.

57% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 21% of all heads of households being Black and 3% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the City of Key West Housing Choice Voucher program, 21% include at least one person with a disability. 31% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 46% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

42% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 33% with 2 bedrooms and 25% with 3 or more bedrooms. 12% 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 the City of Key West voucher holders in 2016 was $550 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,130. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $178.



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 the City of Key West

Joseph Y Porter Pl

1200 1st St
Key West, Florida

Senior Citizens Plaza

1400 Kennedy Dr
Key West, Florida