Selma Housing Authority
444 Washington Street
Selma, Dallas County, AL


Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Closed

The Selma Housing Authority (SHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in October 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Selma Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 5 projects which contain 573 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,074 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Selma 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 Selma Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (35%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (65%) to that of all housing authorities in Alabama, Selma 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 (, 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, Selma Housing Authority scored an average of 85 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2009 and a low score of 71 in 2007. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Alabama is 73.82.

Selma 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 (, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Selma Housing Authority manages 4 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 73. The scores for properties managed by Selma Housing Authority range from a high of 84 to a low of 58.

The highest scoring property in the Selma Housing Authority portfolio is Felix Heights and the lowest scoring property is Valley Creek Homes.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 75% of properties managed by Selma Housing Authority have a passing score.

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

Total Tenant Payment Percentages What is Total Tenant Payment?

Tenants in public housing pay rent based on their income. Generally, the Total Tenant Payment (TTP) is 30% of the tenant’s adjusted income. Selma Housing Authority owns and manages 573 public housing units in 5 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for Selma Housing Authority is $255.00 compared to the state average of $289.00.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for the state of Alabama ranges from a low of $159.00 to a high of $487.00.

Source Resident Characteristics Report (, 2013)

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 Selma Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 1/27/11 Plan
2010 3/12/10 Plan
2009 3/6/09 Plan
2008 11/6/07 Plan
2007 11/13/06 Plan
2006 1/17/06 Plan
2005 1/11/05 Plan
2004 2/2/04 Plan
2002 6/3/02 Plan
2001 4/26/01 Plan
2000 4/26/00 Plan


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Medium High (500 - 1,249)

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Medium High (500 - 1,249)

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