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.
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.