West Palm Beach Housing Authority

3700 Georgia Avenue
West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida 33407

West Palm Beach Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Family Self-Sufficiency, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) programs. As of November 30th, 2021, West Palm Beach Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

West Palm Beach Housing Authority serves West Palm Beach.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Mainstream West Palm Beach, Florida Housing Choice Voucher Open Now
Royal Palm Place, Veteran and Senior Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
West Palm Beach, Florida Housing Choice Voucher Closed
General Project-Based Voucher Closed
Heron Estates, 1-Bedroom, Senior Project-Based Voucher Closed
West Palm Beach Housing Authority Public Housing Closed

Open West Palm Beach Housing Authority Waiting Lists

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

West Palm Beach Housing Authority Website: http://www.wpbha.org/.

West Palm Beach Housing Authority Phone: (561) 655-8530.

Open Now: Mainstream West Palm Beach, Florida Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The West Palm Beach Housing Authority (WPBHA) Section 8 Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open.

The WPBHA is accepting applications for this waiting list from November 29, 2021 until December 17, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET. No paper applications are available.

Please note: According to the WPBHA, "Mainstream Vouchers serve households that include a non-elderly person(s) with disabilities. A non-elderly disabled person is defined as a person with disabilities who is at least 18 years of age and not yet 62 years old."

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

No paper applications are available.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the WPBHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the WPBHA on November 23, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (561) 659-9455.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 11/30/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Royal Palm Place, Veteran and Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The West Palm Beach Housing Authority (WPBHA) waiting list for 1 and 2-Bedroom, Veteran and Senior (62+) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher apartments at Royal Palm Place is currently open. Applications are being accepted from June 2, 2020 at 12:00 am ET, until further notice.

Please note: According to the WPBHA, "The head of household must be a U.S. Veteran and be 62 years of age and older to apply."

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, read the the WPBHA public notice, or visit the WPBHA website.

Sources: This information was confirmed by the WPBHA, as of June 18, 2020

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (561) 659-9455.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 11/23/2021.

Other West Palm Beach Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: West Palm Beach, Florida Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The West Palm Beach Housing Authority (WPBHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is currently closed. It was last open for two weeks in September, 2011. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

5,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit WPBHA website.

Last Updated on 05/16/2019.

Closed: General Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The West Palm Beach Housing Authority (WPBHA) General Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for 2 Bedroom units at Royal Palm Place for one week from April until May, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply, complete the online application here.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit WPBHA website.

Last Updated on 05/16/2019.

Closed: Heron Estates, 1-Bedroom, Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The West Palm Beach Housing Authority (WPBHA) waiting list for 1-Bedroom Section 8 Project-Based Voucher apartments at Heron Estates Senior Building is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from August 23, 2019, until September 20, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Heron Estates Senior Building, is located at 2014 West 17th Court, Riviera Beach, (Between Blue Heron Blvd and Martin Luther King Blvd).

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

This waiting list had the following preferences: Live or work in the City of Riviera Beach.

It is not known how applicants were placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the WPBHA website.

Last Updated on 09/27/2019.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The West Palm Beach Housing Authority (WPBHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. 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. The application was available online only.

For more information, visit the WPBHA website.

Last Updated on 05/16/2019.

About West Palm Beach Housing Authority

More information about West Palm Beach Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.wpbha.org/.

Representatives of West Palm Beach Housing Authority may be available by phone at (561) 655-8530. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status online at http://www.wpbha.org/housing/waitinglist_status.html.

HCV Portability Status

As of November 30th, 2021, it is not known if West Palm Beach Housing Authority is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 10/23/2018, West Palm Beach Housing Authority is billing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


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

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, West Palm Beach Housing Authority manages 3,290 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of June 30th, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,570 9 107 60 14 383 147
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,010 $629 $1,282 $909 $4,101 $713 $991
Monthly Cost $2,595,610 $5,657 $137,182 $54,535 $57,416 $273,055 $145,720

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for West Palm Beach 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 7% having issued approximately 424 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 10 years and 6 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 35 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 $16,323 per year. 88% of households were very low income (VLI) and 63% were extremely low income (ELI). 39% 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

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 55% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 21% 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.

52% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 49% of households with children have a female head of household. 82% of all households were headed by a female.

87% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 70% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the West Palm Beach Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 21% 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. 66% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

18% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 33% with 2 bedrooms and 49% with 3 or more bedrooms. 26% 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 West Palm Beach Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $427 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,002. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $160.



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 Apartments Operated by West Palm Beach Housing Authority

Southridge

7051 Southern Blvd
West Palm Beach, Florida

Pleasant City Village

1901 Spruce Ave
West Palm Beach, Florida

Twin Lake Village

1101 7th St
West Palm Beach, Florida

Low Income Housing Managed by West Palm Beach Housing Authority

Royal Palm Place

1715 Division Ave
West Palm Beach, Florida
Subsidized
62+
Veterans Welcome