Public Housing

Sanford Housing Authority’s Public Housing wait list is presently Closed.  Check this page regularly for wait list updates.

The Sanford Housing Authority (SHA) utilizes site based waiting lists. A family interested in participating in public housing may apply to the management office for the development to which the applicant is applying for admission or to the Sanford Housing Authority when the waiting list is open and applications are being accepted.

SHA gives public notice of when the waiting list will open and where applications will be accepted. SHA advertises the notice in local newspapers, on this Web page, at its Central Office Building, and at SHA’s Public Housing developments. The notice of waiting list opening will specify the development(s) seeking applicants as well as unit sizes available.

Public Housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low and moderate income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.  Public housing comes in all sizes and types from scattered duplex and quad apartments to high-rise apartments for elderly families. These units are owned and operated by the Sanford Housing Authority (SHA).  Rent in these units is set for each family based on their anticipated annual adjusted income. There are approximately 448 families living in SHA’s Public Housing. Our units are located city wide.

SHA prides itself on the quality housing that it provides. SHA’s vision is to be recognized as one of the premier housing authorities in the United States. We are creative and innovative in managing all aspects of our organization. We implement comprehensive plans to improve the physical conditions of our units and to expand the number of affordable housing units. We provide service to our clients which exceed their expectations and assist them in developing means to move up and out of assisted housing.  Family units are dispersed throughout Lee County which makes the residents feel like a part of the community, and not targeted as low-income households.

Our main goals are to provide safe, clean, affordable housing; effective social services; build  partnerships with our residents; improve our residents’ quality of life; encourage employment and self-sufficiency. SHA Property Managers and off duty SPD Officers work together to address community concerns. These coordinated efforts let residents and the public know that SHA has a strong and committed presence in their community.