ABOUT Collier County Housing Authority
The Collier County Housing Authority (CCHA) was created by the State legislature in 1966 with the purpose of providing decent and safe housing for eligible low-income families, including the elderly and persons with disabilities. The CCHA is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the Governor. The CCHA owns and manages four public housing developments: 276 units of low income housing in Farm Worker Village, 315 units of farm labor housing also in Farm Worker Village, 30 units of farm labor housing known as Collier Village, and a 192-bed dormitory known as Horizon Village. In addition, the Authority serves an estimated 3100-plus people through the administration of the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program and Family Self-Sufficiency Program to provide support services targeted to low, elderly, disabled, and homeless people that live in Collier County.
Farm Worker Village (FWV) is a multi-family low income and farm labor housing development built under the USDA 514/516 Program constructed in five phases over a period of thirty years, located just two miles southeast of the center of Immokalee. The development includes 176 total acres with 561 housing units, which range from single family homes to duplexes and quadplexes. A main office, two day cares, a convenience store and laundromat, community center and playground is also located in Farm Worker Village.
In 1974, the Housing Authority opened its first phase of Farm Worker Village with 150 units and subsequently developed the additional 411 units of farm labor housing from 1978 to 2001. Collier Village units are of the same design and program requirements.
Horizon Village, which opened in August 2004, is a 192-bed facility for the unaccompanied migrant and seasonal farmworker and is designed as a dormitory-style efficiency unit with beds for 8 persons, with a common kitchen area with appliances and two complete bathrooms. A meeting room is available to provide social and educational programs.