Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for housing?
Do you have emergency housing?
- Charlotte County Homeless Coalition – 1476 Kenesaw St., Port Charlotte, FL.
- *OR* Charlotte 2-1-1 for referrals 24 hours/7 days a week.
2-1-1 or (941) 205-2161.
What are the Housing Authority's normal hours of operation?
The Punta Gorda Housing Authority office hours are Monday – Thursday 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM, or by appointment.
What are the income eligibility requirements?
How much will my rent be?
For Section 8, your rent will generally be 30% of your adjusted gross income with some exceptions. Your case worker will explain the rent calculation to you in further detail.
I applied for Public Housing. How long will it take to get a response to my application?
How do I find out my status on the Public Housing or Section 8 waiting list?
I am single, do I qualify for Public Housing?
How will I know if I am selected for housing?
Section 8 applicants will receive a letter from the Housing Authority notifying you that your name is at the top of the waiting list. You will be required to provided backup documentation at that time so PGHA staff can determine final eligibility. If eligible, you may be invited to a voucher briefing at a later date.
- It is very important that the information provided on the pre-application be kept current at all times as this is the only way we have to contact you.
- Changes to address, contact information or income can be made by visiting the PGHA lobby at 340 Gulf Breeze Avenue, Punta Gorda, and completing a change form.
- Additionally, income due to earned wages will gain a household a working preference and higher placement on the waiting list. Visit PGHA’s lobby and submit a change form as soon as possible. Or print a change form from the Downloads page, complete and mail to PGHA.
How old must I be to apply for housing?
Is a security deposit required?
- 1 bedroom – $100
- 2 bedroom – $200
- 3 Bedroom – $300
- 4 Bedroom – $400
What documents do I need to bring when I apply?
- Photo ID for ALL household members OVER THE AGE of 18.
- Social Security Cards for ALL members of the household.
- Birth Certificates for ALL members of the household – must be the State Certificate(s) not from the hospital. For non-U.S. born applicants: U.S. passport, Resident Alien or Naturalization card is necessary.
- Verification of ALL household income, including but not limited to: Earned wages (4 pay stubs needed), Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), food stamps, Child Support, Unemployment, Social Security/Disability award letter.