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Florida Housing Authorities

Alachua County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Alachua County, Florida General Closed

Alachua County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Arcadia Housing Authority

Arcadia Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Area Housing Commission

Area Housing Commission serves Florida.

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Baker County Housing Assistance Program

Baker County Housing Assistance Program serves Florida.

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Boca Raton Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Palm Beach County, Florida Closed

Boca Raton Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Boley Center for Behavioral Healthcare

Boley Center for Behavioral Healthcare serves Florida.

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Bradenton Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Bradenton, Florida Closed

Bradenton Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Brooksville Housing Authority

Brooksville Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Broward County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Broward County, Florida General Closed

Broward County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Carrfour Supportive Housing Inc.

Carrfour Supportive Housing Inc. serves Florida.

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Chipley Housing Authority

Chipley Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Citrus County Housing Services Division

Waiting List Status
Citrus County, Florida Closed

Citrus County Housing Services Division is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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City of Pensacola Division of Housing

Waiting List Status
Escambia County, Florida Closed

City of Pensacola Division of Housing is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Clearwater Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Clearwater, Florida Closed

Clearwater Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Cocoa Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Brevard County, Florida Closed

Cocoa Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Collier County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Collier County Housing Authority Closed

Collier County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Columbia County Housing Authority

Columbia County Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Crestview Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Crestview, Florida Closed

Crestview Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Dania Beach Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Dania Beach, Florida Closed

Dania Beach Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Daytona Beach Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Daytona Beach, Florida Closed

Daytona Beach Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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DeLand Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
DeLand, Florida Closed

DeLand Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Deerfield Beach Housing Authority

Deerfield Beach Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Defuniak Springs Housing Authority

Defuniak Springs Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Delray Beach Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Delray Beach, Florida Closed

Delray Beach Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Dunedin Housing Authority

Dunedin Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Flagler County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Clay and Flagler County, Florida Closed

Flagler County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority Closed

Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Gainesville Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Gainesville, Florida Closed

Gainesville Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Gilchrist County Housing Authority

Gilchrist County Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Haines City Housing Assistance

Haines City Housing Assistance serves Florida.

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Hendry County Housing Authority

Hendry County Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Hernando County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Hernando County, Florida Closed

Hernando County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Hialeah Housing Authority

Hialeah Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Hollywood Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Hollywood, Florida Closed

Hollywood Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Holmes County Housing Authority

Holmes County Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Homestead Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Homestead, Florida Closed

Homestead Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of Avon Park

Housing Authority of Avon Park serves Florida.

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Housing Authority of Bartow

Waiting List Status
Bartow, Florida Closed

Housing Authority of Bartow is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of Brevard County

Waiting List Status
Brevard County, Florida Closed

Housing Authority of Brevard County is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of City of Fernandina Beach

Housing Authority of City of Fernandina Beach serves Florida.

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Housing Authority of Pompano Beach

Waiting List Status
Pompano Beach, Florida Closed

Housing Authority of Pompano Beach is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of Springfield

Waiting List Status
Housing Authority of Springfield Closed

Housing Authority of Springfield is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Apalachicola

Housing Authority of the City of Apalachicola serves Florida.

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Housing Authority of the City of Eustis

Housing Authority of the City of Eustis serves Florida.

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Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale

Waiting List Status
Broward County, Florida Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers

Waiting List Status
Lee County, Florida Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Fort Pierce

Waiting List Status
Housing Authority of the City of Fort Pierce Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Fort Pierce is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Key West

Waiting List Status
Housing Authority of Key West Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Key West is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Live Oak

Housing Authority of the City of Live Oak serves Florida.

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Housing Authority of the City of Marianna

Waiting List Status
Jackson County, Florida Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Marianna is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach

Waiting List Status
Miami Beach, Florida Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Mulberry

Housing Authority of the City of Mulberry serves Florida.

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Housing Authority of the City of Stuart

Waiting List Status
Housing Authority of the City of Stuart Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Stuart is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Titusville

Waiting List Status
Titusville, Florida Non-Elderly Disabled (NED) Closed
Titusville, Florida General Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Titusville is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Partnership Inc.

Housing Partnership Inc. serves Florida.

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Indian River County Rental Assistance

Waiting List Status
Indian River County, Florida Closed

Indian River County Rental Assistance is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Jacksonville Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Jacksonville, Florida Elderly/Disabled Closed
Jacksonville, Florida General Closed

Jacksonville Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Jefferson County Board of County Commissioner

Jefferson County Board of County Commissioner serves Florida.

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Lake County Housing Agency

Lake County Housing Agency serves Florida.

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Lake Wales Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Lake Wales, Florida Closed

Lake Wales Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Lakeland Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Lakeland, Florida Closed

Lakeland Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Lee County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Lee County Housing Authority Closed

Lee County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Macclenny Housing Authority

Macclenny Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Manatee County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Manatee County, Florida Closed

Manatee County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Melbourne Housing Authority

Melbourne Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Miami Hsg Conservation

Miami Hsg Conservation serves Florida.

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Miami-Dade Public Housing and Community Development

Waiting List Status
Miami-Dade County, Florida Closed

Miami-Dade Public Housing and Community Development is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Milton Housing Authority

Milton Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Monroe County Housing Authority

Monroe County Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Municipality of Florida

Municipality of Florida serves Florida.

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New Smyrna Beach Housing Authority

New Smyrna Beach Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Niceville Housing Authority

Niceville Housing Authority serves Florida.

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North Central Florida Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Levy and Gilchrist County, Florida Closed
Wakulla County, Florida Closed

North Central Florida Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Northwest Florida Regional Housing Authority

Northwest Florida Regional Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Ocala Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Marion County, Florida Closed

Ocala Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Orange County Housing and Community Development Division

Waiting List Status
Orange County, Florida Closed

Orange County Housing and Community Development Division is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Orlando Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Orlando, Florida Closed

Orlando Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Ormond Beach Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Ormond Beach, Florida Closed

Ormond Beach Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Osceola County Housing Agency

Waiting List Status
Osceola County, Florida Closed

Osceola County Housing Agency is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Pahokee Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Pahokee, Florida Closed

Pahokee Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Palatka Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Putnam County, Florida Closed

Palatka Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Palm Beach County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Palm Beach County, Florida Closed

Palm Beach County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Panama City Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Panama City, Florida Closed

Panama City Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Pasco County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Pasco County, Florida Closed

Pasco County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Pinellas County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Pinellas County, Florida Closed

Pinellas County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Plant City Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Plant City, Florida Closed

Plant City Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Punta Gorda Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Charlotte County, Florida Closed

Punta Gorda Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Riviera Beach Housing Authority

Riviera Beach Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Sanford Housing Authority

Sanford Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Sarasota Board of CC

Sarasota Board of CC serves Florida.

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Sarasota Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Sarasota County, Florida Closed

Sarasota Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Seminole County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Seminole County, Florida Closed

Seminole County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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St Petersburg Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
St. Petersburg, Florida Closed

St Petersburg Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Suwannee County Housing Authority

Suwannee County Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Tallahassee Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Leon County, Florida Closed

Tallahassee Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Tampa Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Hillsborough County, Florida Closed

Tampa Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Tarpon Springs Housing Authority

Tarpon Springs Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Tri-County Community Council

Tri-County Community Council serves Florida.

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Union County Housing Authority

Union County Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Venice Housing Authority

Venice Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Volusia County Community Assistance Division

Waiting List Status
Volusia County, Florida Closed

Volusia County Community Assistance Division is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Wakulla County Housing Authority

Wakulla County Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Walton County Housing Authority

Walton County Housing Authority serves Florida.

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West Palm Beach Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
West Palm Beach, Florida Closed

West Palm Beach Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Winter Haven Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Winter Haven Housing Authority Closed

Winter Haven Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Winter Park Housing Authority

Winter Park Housing Authority serves Florida.

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Are Section 8 Waiting Lists Open in Florida?

As of February 27, 2024, AHO is tracking 0 waiting lists open right now that are scheduled to close in the near future. Additionally, AHO is monitoring 0 waiting lists that are open until further notice.

AHO encourages you to first apply to the waiting lists that are scheduled to close, as most housing choice voucher programs do not have a set schedule for when they will reopen their waiting lists.

AHO still encourages you to apply to continuously open waiting lists as soon as possible. These waiting lists may close without sufficient notice.

In total, there are 0 waiting lists you can apply to right now and 0 waiting lists you can apply to soon.

How many HCV waiting lists were open in Florida in the last few years?

During the last three years, there were 42 HCV waiting lists open for at least a day in Florida.

How long were HCV waiting lists kept open in Florida in the last few years?

Section 8 HCV waiting lists in Florida were kept open an average of 147 days over the last three years.

Many waiting lists were kept open only a short time. In the last three years, 59.5% were open seven days or less and 14.3% were open for only one day (or a few hours) . This means that it is important for low-income renters to apply right away when they find an open waiting list.

How hard is it to get a voucher if I don't currently live in the area the housing authority serves?

Renters can apply to any open HCV waiting list in the country. The program is supposed to promote mobility so that renters can move to places with more opportunity.

Some housing authorities have a preference for local residents in their waiting list placement. If you live outside the area you can get on the waiting list, but you will likely wait a long time before a voucher is offered, if at all.

Over the last three years, 31% of waiting lists in Florida that opened had a preference for local residents.

To what extent do housing authorities in Florida increase access with online applications?

Online applications make it easier for low-income renters to apply for open waiting lists, especially when applying to different communities or when waiting lists are only kept open a short time.

Online applications were used for 71.4% of waiting list applications in in Florida over the last three years.

How fair is waiting list placement in Florida?

Random lotteries were used by 50% of housing authorities in Florida to place applicants on their waiting lists over the last three years.

Applicants placed at the bottom of a waiting list may wait up to two or three years before being offered a voucher. Placing applicants on a waiting list using a random lottery gives everyone a fair chance to be near the top of the list.

Many housing authorities place applicants according to the date and time of their submission. Applicants who apply later will have a long wait for assistance, which is especially unfair in cases where waiting lists are kept open just few days or less.

How long do households spend on an HCV waiting list in Florida before receiving a voucher?

Households spend an average of 26 months on a waiting list before receiving a voucher in Florida.

Who is served by HCV programs offered through housing authorities in Florida?

HCV households served by housing authorities in Florida include:

  • 37% headed by seniors
  • 25% with a person with a disability
  • 40% with children
  • 29% where the majority of household income comes from wages earned

What is the income level of households served by HCV programs offered through housing authorities in Florida?

According to HUD, in general, in order to receive a voucher, a household's income may not exceed 50% of the median income (50% AMI) for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live. By law, a housing authority must provide 75% of its voucher to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30% of the area median income (30% AMI).

A 50% AMI household is considered very low-income (VLI) and a 30% AMI household is considered extremely low-income (ELI). ELI households are a subset of the VLI households served by a housing authority.

In the voucher programs of housing authorities in Florida, VLI households make up 91% of voucher-holding households.

ELI households make up 70% of voucher-holding households.

Is there an application fee for Section 8 waiting lists?

It is against HUD policy for an agency to charge for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher application. If anyone is charging a fee for an application, they are either violating federal law, or a scammer with an empty promise. Do not pay for an application.

Why are there Section 8 waiting lists?

Like most low income housing programs, renters are placed on a waiting list to get a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher because there is a very high demand for vouchers, and a limited supply.

Waiting lists for a Section 8 voucher also tend to be longer than those for other housing programs because renters can live in an apartment or house of their choice. Most of the other rental housing programs require the household to live in a pre-determined apartment.

How does a Section 8 waiting list work?

Renters must first submit an application to a housing authority with an open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waiting list. If a waiting list is not currently open, applications cannot be submitted.

After applying, the housing authority will create a list of qualified applicants that is sorted by random lottery, or the date and time applications were received. Many of these waiting lists have limited spots, so some applicants may not be selected for the waiting list, even if they are qualified.

If the household is selected for the waiting list, the housing authority will send confirmation. Be aware that some waiting lists have preferences (such as elderly or local applicants), and qualified households are given priority placement over others.

After getting placed on a waiting list, prepare to wait for some time. Because of the high demand of the HCV program, waiting lists may be many months or years long.

Once the household reaches the top of the waiting list, an eligibility interview will be held to make sure that everyone is qualified. If the household does not meet the qualifications, they can continue applying to other open waiting lists for a chance to get a voucher.

Who can apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

To apply for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, the head of the household must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen or an eligible immigrant. If the head of household cannot submit an application, another person can submit one on their behalf.

There are many qualifications to get a Section 8 voucher, including income, housing, and criminal history. But those requirements do not prevent a person from applying for an open waiting list.

What is needed to apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

To apply for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, renters must usually provide their first and last name, date of birth, Social Security Number or Alien ID, and the total gross income of all household members (with exceptions).

Applications may ask for additional information, including housing history, criminal history, proof of income, and preference verification. Applicants may also be asked for demographic information, like gender, disability status, or race and ethnicity.

When can I apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

Applications for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher can only be submitted when the housing authority opens the program's waiting list.

For many areas, waiting lists are only open for a brief period. And depending on the area, when a waiting list closes, it may not reopen for many months or years. But there are also many housing authorities that keep their waiting lists open indefinitely, which means that there is no scheduled close date. These waiting lists can close at any time, but they sometimes stay open for months or years.

Can I apply for multiple Section 8 waiting lists?

Yes, renters can apply for multiple Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists. There is no limit to how many waiting lists a household may be on.

But, it's usually not allowed to submit multiple applications for the same waiting list. If more than one application is submitted for the same waiting list, the household risks getting disqualified.

What is a Section 8 waiting list lottery?

In many areas, the demand for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers is so great that the managing housing authority cannot add all applicants to its waiting list. To give all applicants an equal chance of being placed on the waiting list, many agencies draw names by random lottery from the entire pool of applicants.

Housing authorities will usually state if they are doing a lottery drawing on the public notice for the waiting list. If there is not a lottery, applicants will be placed on the waiting list by the date and time the application is received.

How long is a waiting list for Section 8 housing?

Once a household is placed on a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, they may wait anywhere between many months or years before being offered a rental assistance voucher.

There is no typical wait time for a voucher. The amount of time spent on a waiting list depends on various factors, including how many preferences are met, and the location of rental assistance. An applicant in one area of the country may wait less than a year, while someone in another area is on a waiting list for five years or more.

How can I get more information about a Section 8 waiting list?

The easiest way to get more information about many Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waiting lists is to visit the housing authority's website. Most housing authorities with a website will have a dedicated Section 8 HCV page with details about the program.

However, not all housing authorities have a website. And some that do may provide a limited amount of information. If this is the case, contact the housing authority for help. The agency can tell you if a waiting list is open, how to apply, and other important application requirements.

Is there any way to get priority placement on a Section 8 waiting list?

Yes, many housing authorities use preferences to give a priority to applicants who are part of groups in the area that are in great need of assistance.

Common preference categories for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists include seniors, persons with disabilities, veterans, homeless persons, and those who live and work locally. Applicants who qualify for preferences will have a shorter wait time than those who don't.

What is Section 8?

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program gives low income rental assistance to individuals and families who need help affording monthly rent. Households with a Section 8 voucher may choose to live in any home that meets the program requirements, including apartments and single-family homes. It is a federal housing program that is run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Renters with a Section 8 voucher usually pay 30% of their income for rent. The rest is paid to the landlord by the managing housing authority.

When looking for housing options, be aware that there are other housing programs that use the name "Section 8," including the Project-Based Voucher (PBV) and Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) programs. However, the name "Section 8" on its own usually refers to the HCV program.

How do I apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

When a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is open, there can be a number of different ways to submit an application. In most cases, Section 8 applications are available online, in person, by mail, or a variety of these options.

Online applications are often submitted through a form on a website. Printable applications may be available on the internet, as well. If an application can be sent by mail, a request for one is usually done by phone, mail or email.

In rare situations, applications may also be submitted by fax, or directly by phone. These outdated methods have been phased out by many housing authorities, but there are still some applications that operate this way.

Where can I apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

Renters can apply to most open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in the country. You do not have to live in the area to apply to most waiting lists, but there are some with restrictions. If the waiting list is restricted, it means that the housing authority is targeting a specific demographic (such as homeless applicants), and documentation or a reference may be required to apply.

However, even if a waiting list is available to the general public, applicants who do not live in the area should check if there are preferences. Preferences give qualified applicants priority placement on the waiting list. And one of the most common preferences is for local residents. This means that non-local applicants may have a very long wait for a voucher, or may not get a voucher at all because of the local demand.