HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agency
1629 NW. 4th Street P.O. Box 2468 Ocala, FL 34478

Portability Information

The Ocala Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Fair Housing Agency

The Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program (HCV) subsidizes low-income families rental obligations, which allows the family to rent homes outside of traditional Public Housing. Families will pay 30% – 40% of their adjusted gross income directly to the landlord. The Ocala Housing Authority (OHA) serves the entire Marion County area. The participating family decides the type and location of the unit they which to rent. The subsidized portion of the rent is based on fair market guidelines.

The waiting list opens periodically due to the popularity of the program, and the limited numbers of vouchers available. Waiting list applications are accepted only when the list is open. The existing list must be exhausted before the list is open. Advertisement is placed in the local newspaper and mailed to local social service agencies and churches, inviting those who believe they are eligible to apply. A notice will also be placed on this web site.

In addition to the HCV program, OHA also administers Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), which is rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affair at its medical centers and in the community.

Landlord Listings

If you are a landlord and would like to make your affordable rental unit available to Housing Choice Voucher participants, you can list it for free at,, and

Find Affordable Housing

If you are a participant of the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program and are looking for affordable rental housing, please visit,, and


Thinking about porting to the Ocala Housing Authority?  Please click here for fraud information.   Please click here for portability documentation.   We are absorbing all incoming portability vouchers. Contact Email:

Housing Quality Standards Inspection Guide

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

A federal law that went into effect in 2006 protects individuals who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The name of the law is the Violence Against Women Act, or “VAWA.” The following notices explain your obligation under VAWA.

VAWA Information for Landlords

VAWA Information for Tenants/Applicants

Landlord Overcharging Section 8 Tenant Fraud Scheme
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Family Unification Program Voucher

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The Ocala Housing Authority (OHA) was awarded 26 Family Unification Program (FUP) vouchers in 2019. The Ocala Housing Authority partners with Kids Central, Inc. (KCI) in this program. The FUP is a program under which Housing
Choice Vouchers (HCVs) are provided to two different populations:

  1. Families for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in:
    1. The imminent placement of the family’s child or children in out-of-home care; or
    2. The delay in the discharge of the child or children to the family from out-of-home care.
2. For a period not to exceed 36 months, otherwise eligible youths who have attained at least 18 years, and not more than 24 years of age and who have left foster care, or will leave foster care within 90 days, in accordance with a transition plan described in section 475(5)(H) of the Social Security Act,  and are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless at age 16 or older.  The application process begins with KCI staff who reviews and preapproves the applicant. The applicant is then referred to the OHA for eligibility determination and voucher processing.  If determined eligible for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, the OHA staff will issue a voucher to the applicant.   There is no time limitation on assistance for FUP family vouchers.

Emergency Housing Vouchers Program

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The Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) program is available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Through the EHV Program, HUD has provided 70,000 housing choice vouchers to local Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) to assist homeless individuals and families. Eligibility for these EHVs is limited to individuals and families who are:

  1. fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking;
  2. literally homeless;
  3. at risk of homelessness; or
  4. recently homeless, and for whom providing rental assistance will prevent the family’s homelessness or having high risk of housing instability.
HUD awarded the Ocala Housing Authority (OHA) 51 Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHV) in July 2021. The applicant is referred to the Ocala Housing Authority through the Ocala/Marion County Joint Office on Homelessness (“Joint Office”), Coordinated Entry (CE) process. The Joint Office staff will determine if the applicant qualifies under the EHV guidelines as homeless. If determined eligible for the EHV, the applicant will be issued an EHV by the OHA.