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We are now accepting Public Housing applications for 1-5 bedrooms as well as senior housing.

For Public Housing Application click here.


What is Public Housing?

Public Housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development administers Federal aid to local housing agencies that manage the housing for low-income residents at rents they can afford.

Who is Eligible?

Public Housing is limited to low-income families and individuals. Eligibility is based on:

  • Qualification as a “Family”
  • Income within eligibility limits (below 80% of median income for Okaloosa County)
  • Citizenship or qualification as an eligible immigrant
  • Documentation of Social Security Number(s)
  • Execution of Consent Authorization Documentation
  • Written authorization to conduct a background screening

How to apply

  • Complete an application online.

Click here to complete the online application.

Must turn in ID for all Adults, Social Security Cards for all household members, Birth Certificates for ALL household members and proof of school enrollment for all school age children on the application in order to be placed on the waiting list.

Required documentation, may be returned to the office during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM and Friday 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM, scanned and emailed or mailed to the office.

What Happens After I apply?

All applications will be maintained in order of bedroom size, preference, and then in order of date and time of application. When a family appears to be nearing the top of the waiting list, the family will be invited to an interview and the verification process will begin. It is at this point in time that the family’s waiting list preference will be verified. If the family no longer qualifies to be near the top of the list, the family’s name will be returned to the appropriate spot on the waiting list. The Crestview Housing Authority must notify the family in writing of this determination and give the family the opportunity for an informal review.

Once the preference has been verified, the family will complete a full application, present Social Security number information, citizenship/eligible immigrant information, and sign the Consent for Release of Information forms.

Applicants will also be given the opportunity to update their HUD Form 92006 if applicable and if they desire.

How do I make changes to my application?

All changes must be submitted online. Click here to make changes to your application.

When and how will I be notified?

When a family appears to be nearing the top of the waiting list, the family will be invited to an interview and the verification process will begin.

How long is the waiting list?

The waiting list length varies based on families moving in and out of housing as well as families on the waiting list moving on to other housing while waiting for an apartment to come available. You will be contacted when your name nears the top of the waiting list.

Do you have emergency housing?

Unfortunately, we do not have emergency housing. As a provision of HUD, we must adhere to the waiting list. However, listed below are some area shelters that may be able to assist you.

American Red Cross of Northwest Florida 850-423-1243
Central Baptist Church of Crestview 850-682-5525
JADA House 850-862-1174
Lutheran Services of Northwest Florida 850-664-0145
HOPE House Runaway Shelter 850-682-2374
Okaloosa Coalition on the Homeless, Inc. 850-243-5648
Waterfront Rescue Mission 850-689-2700
Shelter House of Northwest Florida 850-683-0845

Cold Night Shelters:

First Presbyterian Church 850-243-3732
Mary Esther United Methodist 850-243-7595
Gregg Chapel AME 850-243-5925
St. Simons on the Sound 850-244-8621
First Christian Church 850-243-8465
First Baptist Church 850-243-3163

How is bedroom size determined?

The following guidelines will determine each family’s unit size without overcrowding or over-housing:

Number of Bedrooms Number of Persons
Minimum Maximum
1 1 2
2 2 4
3 3 6
4 4 8
5 5 10

These standards are based on the assumption that each bedroom will accommodate no more than two (2) persons.

In determining bedroom size, the Crestview Housing Authority will include the presence of children to be born to a pregnant woman, children who are in the process of being adopted, children whose custody is being obtained, children currently under a 50% or more joint custody decree, children who are temporarily away at school, or children who are temporarily in foster care.

In addition, the following considerations may be taken in determining bedroom size:

A. Children of the same sex will share a bedroom.
B. Children of the opposite sex, both under the age of six (6) may share a bedroom.
C. Adults and children will not be required to share a bedroom.
D. Foster adults and/or foster children will not be required to share a bedroom with family members.

Live-in aides will get a separate bedroom.

How is Rent Determined?

At admission and each year in preparation for their annual reexamination, each family is given the choice of having their rent determined under the income method or having their rent set at the flat rent amount.


The total tenant payment is equal to the highest of:

A. 10% of the family’s monthly income;
B. 30% of the family’s adjusted monthly income; or
C. If the family is receiving payments for welfare assistance from a public agency and a part of those payments, adjusted in accordance with the family’s actual housing costs, is specifically designated by such agency to meet the family’s housing costs, the portion of those payments which is so designated. If the family’s welfare assistance is ratably reduced from the standard of need by applying a percentage, the amount calculated under this provision is the amount resulting from one application of the percentage; or
D. The minimum rent of $50.00.


1BR = $550.00
2BR = $642.00
3BR = $962.00
4BR = $1,200.00
5BR = $1,389.00


The Crestview Housing Authority has set a ceiling rent for each public housing unit. The amount of the ceiling rent will be reevaluated annually and adjusted to the level required for flat rents and comply with rent option requirements during annual recertification. Affected families will be given a 30-day notice of any rent change. Adjustments are applied on the anniversary date for each affected family.

The Crestview Housing Authority will post the ceiling rents at the central office. Ceiling rents are incorporated in this policy upon approval by the Board of Commissioners.

What are the income limits?

Income within eligibility limits (below 80% of median income for Okaloosa County)

FY 2017 Income Limits:

Number of Persons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
$38,150 $43,600 $49,050 $54,500 $58,900 $63,250 $67,600 $71,950

What is your pet policy and do you have a pet fee?

The Crestview Housing Authority will allow only common household pets. This means only domesticated animals such as a dog, cat, bird, fish in aquariums or a turtle will be allowed in units. Common household pets do not include reptiles (except turtles). If this definition conflicts with a state or local law or regulation, the state or local law or regulation shall govern.

All dogs and cats must be spayed or neutered before they become six months old. A licensed veterinarian must verify this fact.

Only one (1) dog or cat per unit will be allowed. Only two (2) birds per unit will be allowed. The Crestview Housing Authority will give final approval on type and density of pets.

Any animal deemed to be potentially harmful to the health or safety of others, including attack or fight trained dogs, will not be allowed. For example, Rotweillers, Pit Bulls, Huskies, Chows, German Shepherds, and Malamutes, whether pure bred or mix, are not allowed.

No animal may exceed thirty (30) pounds in weight projected to full adult size.

A non-refundable pet fee of $250.00 is required at the time of registering a pet.

Upcoming Events

  1. Board Meeting

    December 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  2. Christmas Holidays – Office Closed

    December 23 - December 26
  3. New Year’s Day – Office Closed

    January 1, 2018

Mailing Address & Contact

Crestview Housing Authority
371 W. Hickory Ave., Crestview, FL 32536
Phone: (850) 682-2413
Fax: (850) 689-4559
Monday through Thursday
7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
7:30 AM – 11:30 AM