Housing Choice Voucher

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 the 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 place 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 GoSection8.com, FloridaHousingSearch.org, and HousingApartments.org.

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 GoSection8.com, FloridaHousingSearch.org, and HousingApartments.org.


Thinking about porting to the Ocala Housing Authority? For more Portability information click here,  https://www.ocalahousing.org/wp-content/uploads/PORTABILITY-INFORMATION.pdf We are absorbing all incoming portability vouchers. Contact Email: Portability@ocalahousing.org

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 – Read Article Here

Report program fraud to our Anonymous Fraud Hotline at ReportFraud@ocalahousing.org




Title and/or Caseload


Direct #

Janell Diaz Housing Programs Director (se habla español) 226 (352)620-3378
Rosa Ortiz HCV Counselor III (se habla español): Caseload: Caseload: VASH, Homeownership, Enhanced Vouchers Portability, Family Unification Program, Emergency Housing Voucher 229 (352)620-3406
Jessica Caquias Housing Inspector (se habla español) 239 (352) 620-3644
Marcus Kiner Inspector Coordinator: Inspection Caseload:A-Z 232 (352) 620-3452
Chiquita Harmon P/T Administrative Asst. 227 (352) 620-3390
Sandra Hartman HCV Intake Specialist 230 (352) 620-3411
Jenna Brown HCV Counselor I Caseload: G-PA 104 (352)732-1233
Brittany James-Dean HCV Counselor II: Caseload: A-F, Green Gables, Magnolia Walk, SAIL 222 (352) 620-3325
David Nune, Jr. Counselor I Caseload: PE-Z, Laurel Park, Blitchton Station 238 (352) 369-2331
Debra Teerlink Housing Navigator/HQS Inspector 263 (352) 620-3675


Family Unification Program Voucher

FUP Program Flyer PDF

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:
a. The imminent placement of the family’s child or children in out-of-home care; or
b. The delay in the discharge of the child or children to the family from out-of-home care.

There is no time limitation on assistance for FUP family vouchers.

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 is homeless or is 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.


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