Phenix City Housing Authority
200 16th Street
Phenix City, Russell County, AL

334-664-9991

Section 8 Waiting List Status:

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Phenix City Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on June 5th, 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 Phenix City Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update December 18th, 2015.

The Phenix City Housing Authority (PCHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.


The PCHA offers seven Public Housing communities with 924 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size from, studios to 5 bedrooms.

To apply, visit the PCHA office to pick up a pre-application, located at 200 16th St., Phenix City, AL 36867, from 8:00 am until 6:30 pm CT, Monday-Thursday.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, from 9:00 am until 11:00 am; and 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

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. All adults must be present when returning the pre-application.

Preferences have not been identified.

For more information, call the PCHA office at (334) 298-7803 from 8:00 am until 6:30 pm, Monday-Thursday.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Phenix City Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 7 projects which contain 924 affordable rental units. It also administers 772 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Phenix City Housing Authority 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 Phenix City Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (54%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (46%) to that of all housing authorities in Alabama, Phenix City Housing Authority has a smaller 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, Phenix City Housing Authority scored an average of 92 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2001 and a low score of 78 in 2008. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Alabama is 73.82.

Phenix City Housing Authority 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 Phenix City Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 9/7/11 Plan
2010 8/27/10 Plan
2009 7/16/09 Plan
2006 7/31/06 Plan
2005 9/16/05 Plan
2004 9/8/04 Plan
2001 11/8/01 Plan
2000 9/21/00 Plan