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Frequently asked questions

This collection of frequently asked questions (FAQs) provides brief answers to some common questions and will also link you directly to for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: For information about the Online Lottery for our Section 8 and Public Housing Waiting Lists, go to our Apply for Housing page.

What are our hours of operation?

Monday –Friday: 7:30am-4:00pm. We are closed most business holidays.

When does the Board of Commissioners meet?

The Housing Authority Board meets the last Wednesday of every month. Meetings convene at 5:30 pm. The meetings are held at 2333A W. Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL. These are public meetings and have been noticed.

How do I report changes to my application?

Each family is responsible for reporting changes to his or her application. Any information on the application that changes, such as household members, income, or address are to be reported in writing within ten (10) days of the change taking place. If you choose, you can email your changes to or fax them to 561-206-6215.

What happens to my application once I am placed on the waiting list?

Once we reach your name on the waiting list, a letter will be mailed to the address you provided on your application (unless you have submitted a written change in address). That letter will tell you when and who to contact to schedule an appointment, and what information you will need to provide us in order to process your application. If you do not respond to this letter within the given time frame, your application will be withdrawn and you will have to reapply. We are not responsible for mail that you don’t receive because you didn’t provide us with your current address, and we cannot be responsible for what the post office does with the mail once it leaves our office.

I am about to be evicted from my current residence. Can you provide assistance immediately?

We do not have “emergency housing”. If you require emergency assistance you need to call 211.

How much will my rent be?

Rents for Public Housing and Section 8 are based on the income of the entire family. It is generally 30% of the family’s income after any adjustments or deductions they may qualify for. There are other factors that may affect your rent depending on the unit.

Do I have to have a job to qualify for assistance?

There is no minimum income limit for any of our housing programs. However, we do have to be able to document that you will be able to pay the expenses associated with maintaining your unit such as utilities, rent, etc.

How much money can I make and still be eligible for assistance?

The table below shows the income limit for each housing program in our area based on the number of family members. This does not necessarily mean just income from employment. It includes many different sources of income and assets. Once you have submitted your application for assistance, a staff member will be able to determine whether you are eligible or not based on your income.

Program          Family Size

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Section 8 Limit 16150 18450 20780 25100 29420 33740 38060 42380
Public Housing Limit 43050 49200 55350 61500 66450 71350 76300 81200

Do I have to have children to qualify?

No, it is not necessary to have children in order to qualify for assistance. Single person families are equally as eligible as families with children. However, we do house elderly or disabled single person families as well as families with more than one person before a single person family who is not elderly or disabled.