About Tampa Housing Authority

The Tampa Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Tampa, Florida.

The Tampa Housing Authority serves Hillsborough County and Tampa.

Tampa Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Tampa Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

Please note: The Tampa Housing Authority covers Hillsborough County, FL.

The Tampa Housing Authority (THA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in October 2006. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

During the opening period, the THA received more than 10,000 applications.

The THA identified the following preferences: Employed, attending a school of secondary education, rent burdened, homeless, disabled, or living in substandard conditions.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

According to this news article, as of April 2016, there are 8,100 people currently on the waiting list.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 THA website, or call the office at (813) 253-0551.

Last Updated on 04/12/2016.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

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

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.


About the Tampa Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Tampa Housing Authority manages 9,314 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 6,268 44 423 294 134 726 245
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $697 $523 $796 $656 $625 $523 $574
Monthly Cost $4,368,361 $22,991 $336,623 $192,733 $83,749 $380,001 $140,747

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Tampa 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 8% having issued approximately 1,036 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 30 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 $13,627 per year. 90% of households were very low income (VLI) and 65% were extremely low income (ELI). 31% 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 64% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 57% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 20% 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.

52% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 50% of households with children have a female head of household. 84% of all households were headed by a female.

89% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 65% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Tampa Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 23% 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. 76% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

24% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 35% with 2 bedrooms and 41% with 3 or more bedrooms. 21% 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 Tampa Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $398 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $786. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $156.



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.


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