About Palm Beach County Housing Authority

The Palm Beach County Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The Palm Beach County Housing Authority serves Palm Beach County, Pahokee, Lake Worth, Belle Glade, Delray Beach, Jupiter, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Lake Park, Viera, Palm Beach Gardens, Riviera Beach, Greenacres, Palm Springs, Lantana and Tequesta.

Palm Beach County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Palm Beach County Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Palm Beach County Housing Authority (PBCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. There is no notice of when the waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen. 

When the waiting list is reopened, the PBCHA has a local preference for working families, which means that at least one member of the family has to be working at least 30 hours a week for one year to be applicable. 

Last Updated on 07/20/2015.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

The Palm Beach County Housing Authority (PBCHA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list applications at this time.

The PBCHA offers five family apartment communities, and one senior/disabled apartment community. For a detailed listing of the communities, please follow this link.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Working families that have been employed for a consecutive year or more.

For more information, visit the PBCHA website. or call the office at (561) 684-2160 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 06/28/2016.


About the Palm Beach County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Palm Beach County Housing Authority manages 1,891 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
Vouchers 1,832 7 52
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $960 $1,093 $780
Monthly Cost $1,759,066 $7,654 $40,580

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Palm Beach 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 4% having issued approximately 494 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 11 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 31 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.8 persons and has a household income of $14,666 per year. 91% of households were very low income (VLI) and 69% were extremely low income (ELI). 37% 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 58% 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, 58% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 18% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 24% 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.

56% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 53% of households with children have a female head of household. 88% of all households were headed by a female.

91% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 72% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Palm Beach County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 13% include at least one person with a disability. 19% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 39% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

16% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 30% with 2 bedrooms and 54% with 3 or more bedrooms. 22% 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 Palm Beach County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $355 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,115. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $142.



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 Palm Beach County Housing Authority

1745 Drexel Rd
Seminole Estate Apartments and Schall ( 2 Sites ) is a 295 unit low income housing apartment community in West Palm Beach.
567 Mango Dr
Dyson Circle and South Bay Apartments is a 200 unit low income housing apartment community in West Palm Beach.
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Affordable Apartments near Palm Beach County Housing Authority

2001 NE 3rd Ave
2001 is a low income housing apartment community that provides 3 bedroom apartments for rent in Delray Beach.
6010 Sherwood Glen Way
Serrano Apartments is a 192 unit low income housing apartment community in West Palm Beach.
2701 Broadway
St Charles Place Manor is a 11 unit low income housing apartment community in West Palm Beach.
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

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