Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer
1515 Fairfax Avenue
Bessemer, Jefferson County, AL

205-481-4420

Section 8 Waiting List Status:

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on December 18th, 2015.

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The Section 8 and Public Housing programs administered by this housing authority are often over subscribed requiring the use of a waiting list. The waiting list would typically only open for brief periods. To find out of the waiting list is open or when it may open, please contact the housing authority directly.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update December 18th, 2015.

The Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer (HACB) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.


The HACB offers eight Public Housing communities with 1,194 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size rom studios to 5 bedrooms.

To apply, visit the HACB office to pick up a pre-application, located at 1515 Fairfax Ave, Bessemer, AL 35020, from 7:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, from 8:00 am until 3:30 pm, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.

Be sure to include these documents with the pre-application: Social Security Cards and birth certificates for all household members, proof of all income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

The HACB does have a local preference and the staff will go over them with you when you return the pre-application.

For more information, visit the HACB website, or call the office at (205) 481-4420 from 7:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 8 projects which contain 1,194 affordable rental units. It also administers 539 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer between Public Housing Units (69%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (31%) to that of all housing authorities in Alabama, Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer has a larger proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Alabama.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer scored an average of 83 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2002 and a low score of 57 in 2004. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Alabama is 73.82.

Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer has an average score that is more than the average Alabama housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 10/21/11 Plan
2010 5/17/10 Plan
2009 10/2/09 Plan
2008 8/18/08 Plan
2007 7/23/07 Plan
2006 11/8/06 Plan
2005 10/31/05 Plan
2004 6/1/04 Plan
2001 8/8/01 Plan
2000 9/12/00 Plan