In light of recent developments with the Corona-virus, effective March 16, 2020 the Alachua County Housing Authority will be temporarily closed to the public. Staff will meet with all participants and applicants based on appointment only. If you have symptoms such as fever, body aches, or other cold like symptoms please contact your case manager to reschedule any appointments for a future date. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but please understand the well-being and safety of our residents, participants and staff is our priority. 

Currently Public Housing  1, 2  and  3 Bedroom Applications are Closed

The Alachua County Housing Authority will be closing the Public Housing Waiting List for four bedroom units on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at the ACHA Office located at 703 NE lst Street, Gainesville, FL  32601.  No applications will be accepted after this deadline.  For more information or if a reasonable accommodation is needed for a person with a disability, please call 352-372-2549 Ext. 532.

Housing Choice Voucher Orientation Click Here

The Alachua County Housing Authority

We provide rental subsidies and manage affordable Public Housing units for low income families, seniors, and persons with disabilities throughout Alachua County, Florida.  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.

Public Notice

The Alachua County Housing Authority (ACHA) Board of Commissioners will be meeting for their regularly scheduled Board of Directors Meeting on Wednesday July 1, 2020 at 5:00pm. This meeting will be held in the ACHA conference room, 703 NE 1st Street Gainesville, FL 32601. This meeting is open to the public; should you need special accommodations, please contact the ACHA at 352-372-2549 ext. 515.

Under COVID-19 consideration and pursuant to Federal, State and Local Executive Orders and guidance provided by legal counsel, the Alachua County Housing Authority may conduct all or portions of the meeting by use of telephone or electronic means without a physical quorum present in the Board Room. Procedures for appropriate participation in this meeting by the public are posted on our website https://www.acha-fl.com. Public access to this meeting is available as follows:

The meeting will be held as noted above, however access to the Board Room is limited. Those wishing to attend in person may do so. An appropriate accessible area will be designated on site that allows for appropriate participation while providing safety for the attendees. Those wishing to attend electronically may join from your computer, tablet or smart phone via the following link https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/689369437 . Those wishing to dial in by phone can call (312) 757-3121 using access code 689-369-437. Those wishing to speak at said meeting, either in person or via electronic means, should review the “Registration Form to Provide Comments at Public Forum of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners” on our website.

Notice of Public Review and Public Hearing

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 was held at the ACHA office on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 at 9:00 am.  Oral comments were 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.

Download – ACHA 5 Year Plan 2019

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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.

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