About Lee County Housing Authority

The Lee County Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Fort Myers, Florida.

The Lee County Housing Authority serves Lee County, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, North Fort Myers and Cape Coral.

Lee County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Lee County Housing Authority (LCHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.

Please note: According to the LCHA, "The public housing wait list is closed unless you met on of the following preferences.
1.  Federally Declared Disaster
2.  Local Government Displaced
3.  Veteran w/ DD214 (honorably discharge)"

To apply, visit the LCHA office to complete a pre-application, located at 14170 Warner Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33903, from 8:30 am until 11:00 am ET on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.

The following documentation is required: Social Security Card, and photo ID.

The LCHA has identified that there are preferences, and they can be viewed in the office's written policy manual. Please contact the LCHA to ask what preferences are available.

For more information, visit the LCHA website, or call the office at (239) 997-6688.

Last Updated on 03/21/2016.

Lee County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Lee County Housing Authority (LCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when the waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the LCHA website, or call the office at (239) 997-6688.

Last Updated on 09/09/2015.

More information about Lee County Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://leecountyha.org/web/.


About the Lee County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Lee County Housing Authority manages 265 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Family Unification Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 206 18 7 34
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $552 $738 $755 $429
Monthly Cost $113,743 $13,283 $5,286 $14,586

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Lee County 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 16% having issued approximately 17 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 11 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $13,648 per year. 92% 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, 0% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 66% 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, 46% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 30% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 4% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

42% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 37% of households with children have a female head of household. 79% of all households were headed by a female.

57% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 30% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Lee County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 16% include at least one person with a disability. 35% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 32% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

23% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 41% with 2 bedrooms and 35% with 3 or more bedrooms. 32% 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 Lee County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $380 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $702. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $132.



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 Lee County Housing Authority

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