About Ocala Housing Authority

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

The Ocala Housing Authority serves Marion County and Ocala.

Ocala Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Marion County, Florida Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

Please note: The Ocala Housing Authority covers Marion County, FL.
The Ocala Housing Authority (OHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in November 2016, and prior to that for two days in November 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online pre-application.
  2. Submit a pre-application at the OHA office.
The waiting list closed once 300 applications were submitted online, 300 non-elderly/non-disabled applications were submitted in person, and 300 elderly (62+)/disabled applications were submitted in person.


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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 OHA website, or call the office at (352) 369-2636.

Last Updated on 11/07/2016.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

The Ocala Housing Authority is not accepting public housing waiting list applications at this time.

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.


About the Ocala Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Ocala Housing Authority manages 1,200 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 1,088 9 12 87
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $456 $407 $494 $389
Monthly Cost $496,268 $3,664 $5,928 $33,810

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Ocala 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 13% having issued approximately 91 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 24 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 $12,619 per year. 86% of households were very low income (VLI) and 54% were extremely low income (ELI). 34% 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 63% 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, 58% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 18% 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.

55% of households included children, 5% 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.

83% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 63% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

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

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

19% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 41% with 2 bedrooms and 40% with 3 or more bedrooms. 23% 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 Ocala Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $341 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $550. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $195.



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.


Affordable Apartments near Ocala Housing Authority

1741 NW 7 St.
Blitchton Station Apartments is a 119 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Ocala. Rents at Blitchton Station Apartments are $418-542.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Ocala.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
2600 SW 10th St Apt 101
Green Gables Apartments is a low income housing apartment community that provides 1-4 bedroom apartments for rent in Ocala. Rents at Green Gables Apartments are $418-645.
2603 SW 10th St
Magnolia Walk Apartments is a low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Ocala. Rents at Magnolia Walk Apartments are $418-513.