Lakeland Housing Authority

430 Hartsell Avenue
Lakeland, Polk County, Florida 33815

Lakeland Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.

Lakeland Housing Authority serves Lakeland.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Lakeland, Florida Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Lakeland Housing Authority Public Housing Closed
Senior Project-Based Section 8 Closed

Other Lakeland Housing Authority Waiting Lists

During 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.

Lakeland Housing Authority Website: http://lakelandhousing.org/.

Lakeland Housing Authority Phone: (863) 687-2911.

Closed: Lakeland, Florida Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List
The Lakeland Housing Authority (LHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open on a limited basis for three days in October 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


Lakeland, FL is about 35 miles east of Tampa, FL.



Please note: According to the LHA, the office "will only accept applications for working families and/or elderly/disabled families."


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


Preferences have not yet been confirmed.


It is not known how applicants were placed on the waiting list. We have contacted the LHA, and will update this page when more information becomes available.


Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.


For more information, visit the LHA website, or call the office at (863) 687-2911.

Last Updated on 10/25/2016.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List
The Lakeland Housing Authority (LHA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications at this time. The waiting list for AMP 1-3 was last open in September 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.



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


Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.


For more information, visit the LHA website.

Last Updated on 09/23/2016.

Closed: Senior Project-Based Section 8 Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Lakeland Housing Authority (LHA) Senior Project-Based Section 8 waiting list is currently closed. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit  the LHA website here.             

Last Updated on 04/15/2019.

About Lakeland Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Lakeland Housing Authority may be available by phone at (863) 687-2911. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/05/2021, it is not known if Lakeland 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 Lakeland Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Lakeland Housing Authority manages 1,390 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2021:

Standard Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,160 7 116 32 65
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $719 $653 $816 $705 $485
Monthly Cost $834,368 $4,574 $94,604 $22,567 $31,525

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Lakeland 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 5% having issued approximately 252 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 1 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 19 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.7 persons and has a household income of $13,642 per year. 88% of households were very low income (VLI) and 59% 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 68% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 57% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 16% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 26% 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.

52% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 51% of households with children have a female head of household. 85% of all households were headed by a female.

82% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 59% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Lakeland Housing Authority 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. 66% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

22% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 37% with 2 bedrooms and 41% with 3 or more bedrooms. 16% 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 Lakeland Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $360 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $680. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $197.



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 Lakeland Housing Authority

Dakota Park

1401 Kettles Ave
Lakeland, Florida

Washington Oaks the Manor

303 W 10th St
Lakeland, Florida

Hampton Hills Homes

3810 Rollingsford Cir
Lakeland, Florida

Low Income Housing Managed by Lakeland Housing Authority

Twin Lakes Estates ll

501 Hartsell Ave
Lakeland, Florida

Colton Meadow Apartments

1919 W 10th St
Lakeland, Florida

Carrington Place Apartments

1411 Kettles Ave,
Lakeland, Florida

Twin Lakes Estates Phase I - Senior

615 Navy Drive
Lakeland, Florida
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