Welcome to the Alachua County Housing Authority
The Alachua County Housing Authority (ACHA) provides rental subsidies and manages affordable Public Housing units for low income families, seniors, and persons with disabilities throughout the Alachua County area. The Alachua County Housing Authority was founded in 1967. The first 200 Public Housing units were built in 1971 and the remaining built in 1985. The Authority received its first Section 8 Vouchers in 1976.
In 1979, the Authority moved its office into the Historic Duck Pound Community at 636 NE 1st Street, Gainesville, FL and subsequently moved to 240 SW 1st Street, Gainesville, FL. To accommodate the new court house the Authority moved back to the Duck Pond area to its current location in the Historic DaCosta House located at 703 N.E. 1st Street, Gainesville, FL, Alachua County.
The City of Gainesville, Florida has a population of approximately 124,354 and has been ranked among the top places to live and play over the past several years. The City of Gainesville is home to the University of Florida Gators. The city is also known for its low cost of living, but consequently suffers from a weak job market. Gainesville also has an active arts, cultural, and musical community, hosting major festivals and concerts every year. Gainesville was given the title as the “healthiest city in America” because it received the only Gold Well City award by the Wellness Councils of America.
Housing Authority Board is charged with maintaining the policy and fiduciary responsibilities pertaining to the Housing Authority. The Alachua County Housing Authority is an independent legal entity created by State Statute. By Special Act of the Florida State Legislature in 1972, Housing Authority Board members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.
Notice of Public Review and Public Hearing
On the Alachua County Housing Authority’s 2019 Annual Plan
Public Review: The draft 2019 5-year and Annual Plan is available for public viewing at the Alachua County Housing Authority (ACHA) office located at 703 NE 1st Street, Gainesville, FL between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday. All interested persons are invited to provide comments relating to the 2019 Annual Plan, either orally or in writing.
Public Hearing: A Public hearing will be held at the ACHA office on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 at 9:00 am. Oral comments should be presented at the public hearing. All oral and written testimony presented at the public hearing will be considered for preparing the 5-year and Annual Plan. Written comments may be presented to the presiding officer at the public hearing or mailed to the Alachua County Housing Authority, Attention: 2019 PHA Plan, at 703 NE 1st Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. Written comments can also be faxed to (352) 373-4097 attention 2019 PHA Plan. Written comments not presented at the public hearing should be received at ACHA office by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018. Any person requiring assistance to participate, such as large print, taped materials, interpreters for sign language or limited English proficiency, etc. , should make a request to ACHA at least ten working days prior to the public hearing in order to allow time to make arrangements. Requests can be made in writing to ACHA at the address above or by calling (352) 372-2549×512.
YOU ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN AN ONLINE SURVEY TO PROVIDE INPUT ON HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT NEEDS IN THE CITY OF GAINESVILLE!
As recipients of federal funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City of Gainesville is required to submit a five-year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan in order to receive grant funds under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME). The Consolidated Plan sets the City’s strategic objectives to address housing and community development needs through HUD funding and other resources. The Annual Action Plan outlines how the City will spend the funds it receives annually from HUD. We encourage all residents and stakeholders to get involved in the process and provide us with your feedback!
Below is a link to the online survey. Your responses will be kept completely confidential. The survey is web-based and conducted by a third party vendor. Your name will not be attached to any results, and to ensure your anonymity we will not report any results that have less than three respondents. The survey is user-friendly and you should be able to complete it within 15-20 minutes or less.
We appreciate your willingness to participate and value your feedback. Our hope is this process will help us identify housing and community development needs in the City of Gainesville.
If you have any questions, please contact: John Wachtel at City of Gainesville Housing & Community Development (352) 393-8565.
Alachua County Housing Authority has implemented HUDs smoke-free policy as of January 1st, 2018. The elimination of second hand smoke that can migrate between public housing units can be an important step towards improving the health of residents as well as reducing maintenance costs for PHAs. Click here for the Smoke-Free Policy publication along with several Fact Sheets.
Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity
Fair Housing Statement
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.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The Housing Alachua County Housing Authority is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all federal and state laws, regulations and executive orders regarding employment.