About Lakeland Housing Authority

The Lakeland Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Lakeland, Florida.

The Lakeland Housing Authority serves Lakeland.

Lakeland Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Lakeland, Florida Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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.


About the Lakeland Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Lakeland Housing Authority manages 1,256 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,096 60 20 65
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $603 $589 $848 $415
Monthly Cost $660,647 $35,324 $16,964 $26,969

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 Operated by Lakeland Housing Authority

1401 Kettles Ave
Dakota Park is a 40 unit low income housing apartment community in Lakeland.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Lakeland.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
501 Hartsell Ave
Colton Bonnei is a 177 unit low income housing apartment community in Lakeland.
303 W 10th St
Washington Oaks the Manor is a 198 unit low income housing apartment community in Lakeland.
3810 Rollingsford Cir
Hampton Hills Homes is a 12 unit low income housing apartment community in Lakeland.
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Affordable Apartments near Lakeland Housing Authority

7425 Highway 98 N
Country Manor Apartments is a low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Lakeland. Rents at Country Manor Apartments are $464-702.
1920 E Edgewood Dr
Abilities at Eagles Nest is a 5 unit low income housing apartment community in Lakeland.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Project Based Rental Assistance Accessible Units Persons With Disabilities
1315 W 14th St
Lakewood Terrace Apartments is a 132 unit low income housing apartment community in Lakeland.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Lakeland.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit