City of Mesa Housing Authority
20 E. Main Street, Suite 250
Mesa, Maricopa County, AZ


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Opening Soon

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the City of Mesa Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on October 11th, 2016.

The City of Mesa Housing Authority (CMHA) Section 8 Waiting List is opening soon, from December 6, 2016 at 10:00 am, until December 19, 2016 at 5:00 pm MT.

Mesa, AZ is about 15 miles east of Phoenix, AZ.

Please note: 

  • This waiting list was originally scheduled to open in October, but the CMHA pushed the opening until December.
  • Although Tempe, AZ is in the Mountain Time Zone, it does not participate in Daylight Savings Time, so the current time in that area is the same as the Pacific Time Zone, rather than the Mountain Time Zone.
  • This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.
  • There are cases of applicants flooding the website as soon as a scheduled online waiting list opens, causing the website to crash for a period of time. If the website is down, it will eventually be back up to accept applications.
To apply during the opening period, complete the online pre-application that will be available here. The application will be available in English and Spanish. Computers, tablets and smart phones may be used to access the pre-application.

If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a friend or family member's computer/device, or one at a local library. Mesa area library information can be found here.

Disabled applicants who require reasonable accommodation to complete the application can contact Mary Brandon at (480) 644-5852 or

The following documentation is required of all household members: Social Security Number, birth date, total gross income.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Chronically homeless, live/work/hired to work in Mesa.

After applying applicants will be given a confirmation number. It is important to keep this number in a safe, easy to access place.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the pre-application is received, after sorting preferences.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, read the CMHA public notice, visit the CMHA website, or call the office at (480) 644-3536.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The City of Mesa Housing Authority administers a Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority administers 1,584 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, City of Mesa Housing Authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

City of Mesa Housing Authority is among the 40% of Arizona housing authorities that only offer Section 8 voucher assistance. If there are any public housing units available in the target area, those units are administered by another housing authority.

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, City of Mesa Housing Authority scored an average of 94 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 102 in 2002 and a low score of 86 in 2004. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Arizona is 75.36.

City of Mesa Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Arizona 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)

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 City of Mesa Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 5/16/12 Plan
2011 8/31/11 Plan
2010 4/20/10 Plan
2006 7/3/06 Plan
2005 10/7/05 Plan
2004 6/28/04 Plan
2003 8/5/03 Plan
2002 1/21/03 Plan
2000 11/21/00 Plan