Housing Programs & Services

The Ocala Housing Authority has the following programs and services available:

Public Housing
(the wait list is currently closed)

Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Section 8 Program
(the wait list is currently closed)

Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (VASH) – This program provides housing assistance for homeless veterans.  There is NO WAITING LIST.  For more information, please contact Stephanie Reynolds at 352.620.3366 or sreynolds@ocalahousing.org.

Mortgage Assistance Programs

Marion County CDBG Mortgage Assistance Program

United Way Mortgage Assistance Program

Florida’s Hardest Hit Housing Program - The federal government has allocated funding to help pay the mortgages of qualified homeowners who are unemployed or underemployed through no fault of their own.  The Florida Hardest-Hit Fund (HHF) program aims to assist qualified Florida homeowners by providing mortgage assistance for up to twelve (12 months (capped at $24,000), or until the homeowner finds adequate employment to resume paying the mortgage (whichever comes first), with up to $18,000 available to reinstate a delinquent first mortgage prior to payments being made.  Additionally, for a homeowner who is recovering from unemployment/underemployment,up to $25,000 is available as a one time payment to reinstate a delinquent first mortgage.

HHF assistance is paid directly to the loan servicer/lender for those homeowners deemed eligible to participate in the program.

To find out if you qualify for assistance, please visit the HHF official website at www.flhardesthithelp.org to review eligibility criteria and to apply; please use Referral Code 83012.  For further questions, contact the Hardest-Hit Toll-Free Information line at 1-(877) 863-5244, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The Ocala Housing Authority is an approved HHF Advisor Agency.  After reviewing HHF program benefits/guidelines and eligibility criteria on the official HHF website, you may contact Jacalyn Brown for a pre-screening at 352.620.3350 or jbrown@ocalahousing.org.

5th Judicial Circuit Mediation Counseling

Housing Preservation Workshops – For more information, please call 352.369.2418.

Home-Ownership and Rental Opportunities:

  • Housing Choice Voucher Section 8 Home Ownership Program (must have a current voucher)
  • County Neighborhood Stabilization (to own your own home with lease option to purchase)
  • Paradise Trails Subdivision (affordable new 3 Br/2 bath homes with great amenities)
  • Home Buyers Club

For more information, please contact Tracy Monroe at 352.369.2235 or tmonroe@ocalahousing.org

Family Self Sufficiency Program
This program is applicable to both HCV Section 8 Program participants and Public Housing residents.   The FSS Program allows participants to earn money monthly in an escrow account to work towards economic self sufficiency.  For more information, please contact Tracy Monroe at 352.369.2235 or tmonroe@ocalahousing.org.