Sarasota Housing Authority

269 South Osprey Avenue, Sarasota, FL

There are no open waiting lists offered by Sarasota Housing Authority. Go to the Florida Section 8 Waiting Lists page or the Florida Public Housing Waiting Lists page for nearby housing applications.

Closed: Sarasota County, Florida Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Sarasota Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is closed.

The SHA last accepted applications for this waiting list from April 1, 2022, until April 18, 2022. 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 application.
  2. Request a paper pre-application in writing by mail to the CHA.

Once the application was completed, it was postmarked no later than April 14, 2022, and mailed to the SHA.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

1250 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the SHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the SHA on April 4, 2022.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance in Sarasota County, Florida.

Last Updated on 09/29/2022.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

The Sarasota Housing Authority (SHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in May, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

This waiting list had the following preferences: A Pathway to a Better Life; 12 Months of Verified Employment; Sarasota County Resident; Pre-admission Training Program; Those who have not resided in HUD subsidized housing within the past two years; Possess a High School diploma or G.E.D.; Military veteran.

For more information, visit the SHA website.

Last Updated on 06/04/2019.

Unknown: Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The status of this waiting list is unknown. If you have information regarding this waiting list contact us.

Last Updated on 04/04/2022.

About Sarasota Housing Authority

About the Sarasota Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Sarasota Housing Authority manages 1,589 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following table summarizes types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,222 29 37 73 21 160
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $865 $767 $1,002 $1,111 $1,024 $635
Monthly Cost $1,056,736 $22,231 $37,090 $81,079 $21,503 $101,626
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 11% having issued approximately 129 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 10 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 $14,662 per year. 89% of households were very low income (VLI) and 63% were extremely low income (ELI). 36% 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 57% 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, 56% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 17% 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.

53% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 50% of households with children have a female head of household. 80% of all households were headed by a female.

69% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 60% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Sarasota Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 20% include at least one person with a disability. 28% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 77% 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, 29% with 2 bedrooms and 51% 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 Sarasota Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $387 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $854. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $144.

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.