Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8)

What is the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)?

The Housing Choice Voucher Program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the PRIVATE market.

>Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own hosing, including single-family homes, townhouses, and apartments.            

The ACHA inspects every proposed rental unit to ensure that it is in compliance with Housing Quality Standards (HQS) and to determine that the rent asked is “reasonable”given the location, quality, size, unit type, age, amenities, services, maintenance and utilities to be provided by the owner.

A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the ACHA on behalf of the participating family. Eligible families generally are required to pay 30 % of their adjusted income towards their gross rent (rent and the utility allowance for tenant-paid utilities that are not included in the rent to the owner).

Who Is Eligible?

The Housing Choice Voucher Program eligibility is based on:

  • Annual Gross Income, assets, and family size
  • U.S. Citizenship or eligible immigration status
  • Criminal Background
  • Prior rental history with other subsidized agencies


The Alachua County Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 275 affordable rental units. It also administers 742 Section 8 housing vouchers.According to HUD, Alachua County Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 – 499 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium High, meaning it administers 500 – 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Alachua County Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (27%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (73%) to that of all housing authorities in Florida, Alachua County Housing Authority has a larger proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Florida.

Unit Distribution for Alachua County Housing Authority Public Housing Section 8   27 %   73 %

Unit Distribution for all Florida Housing Authorities Public Housing Section 8   25 %   75 %

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)


SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.From 2001 to 2009, Alachua County Housing Authority scored an average of 83 points. The housing authority had a high score of 92 in 2003 and a low score of 69 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Florida is 75.77.Alachua County Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Florida housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

SEMAP Performance by Fiscal Year Alachua County Housing Authority Average of all Florida Housing Authorities

Source President’s Open Government Directive (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

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The Housing Alachua County Housing Authority is a fair housing provider. We do not make any preference, limitation or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

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