City of Phoenix Housing Department
251 W Washington Street, 4th Floor
Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ

602-262-6794 http://phoenix.gov/housing/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Opening Soon

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the City of Phoenix Housing Department Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on April 13th, 2016.

The City of Phoenix Housing Department (CPHD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon, from May 23, 2016, until May 27, 2016.


Please note: 
  • This waiting list will close once 10,000 applications have been received. It may close before the scheduled closing date.
  • 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 pre-applications.
  • The CPHD was not able to give an opening or closing time. A CPHD representative recommended that we call a few days before the opening for this information. We will update the content of this page when more information becomes available.
To apply during the opening period, complete the online application that will be available on the CPHD website.

If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a friend or family member's computer, or one at a local library.

Disabled applicants who require reasonable accommodation to complete the application can call (602) 534-1974.

Once the application has been completed, print a copy of your application as a receipt.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Referred by law enforcement agency for witness protection or other safety concerns; displaced by city action; referred by various community organizations or divisions of local government which are under Memorandum of Understanding, Memorandum of Agreement, or Contract in accordance with program regulation; live, work or have been hired to work in Phoenix; working families. Further explanation of each preference can be found on the public notice here.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time of application submission, 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, visit the CPHD website, or call the office at (602) 534-1974​​​.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the City of Phoenix Housing Department Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update April 13th, 2016.

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The City of Phoenix Housing Department (CPHD) is currently accepting Public Housing and Scattered Site waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.


The CPHD offers four Public Housing communities for families, five Public Housing communities for senior/disabled households, and more than 400 Scattered Site properties.

The Fillmore Gardens waiting list for senior/disabled households is currently open for 1 bedroom units.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online pre-application here.
  2. Download and print the pre-application online here.
The Maryvale Parkway Terrace waiting list for senior/disabled households is currently open for 1 bedroom units.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online pre-application here.
  2. Download and print the pre-application online here.
The Sunnyslope Manor waiting list for senior households is currently open for 1 bedroom units.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online pre-application here.
  2. Download and print the pre-application online here.
The Washington Manor waiting list for senior/disabled households is currently open for 1 bedroom units.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online pre-application here.
  2. Download and print the pre-application online here.
The Pine Tower waiting list for senior/disabled households is currently open for studios and 1 bedroom units.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online pre-application here.
  2. Download and print the pre-application online here.
The Pine Tower waiting list for senior/disabled households is currently open for studios and 1 bedroom units.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online pre-application here.
  2. Download and print the pre-application online here.
The Luke Krohn waiting list for families is currently open for 1-5 bedroom units.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online pre-application here.
  2. Download and print the pre-application online here.
The Sidney P. Osborn waiting list for families is currently open for 1-5 bedroom units.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online pre-application here.
  2. Download and print the pre-application online here.
The Scattered Sites waiting list is currently open for 3-5 bedroom units.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online pre-application here.
  2. Download and print the pre-application online here.
Once the paper pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the community you want to reside at. The address of each community can be found here.

Please note: Once your online pre-application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation number. Please print it out or write it down for future reference.

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.

Persons placed on the waiting list can update their application information with this form. Once the form has been completed, it must be returned to the property where you have applied.

For more information, visit the CPHD website, or call the office at (602) 262-6794 during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

City of Phoenix Housing Department operates 2,377 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of City of Phoenix Housing Department public housing units range from studio apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 5% studio apartments, 34% 1 bedroom apartments, 25% 2 bedroom apartments, 29% 3 bedroom apartments, 7% 4 bedroom apartments and 1% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of City of Phoenix Housing Department’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 2,252 out of a total 2,377 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 5.26%.

Family Type

Of the 2,030 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 363 (17.88%) were elderly, 1,667 (82.12%) were non-elderly, 772 (38.03%) were disabled, 1,125 (55.42%) contained children and 1,018 (50.15%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in City of Phoenix Housing Department's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for City of Phoenix Housing Department’s public housing developments is $304.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $205. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $197. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $394. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $178.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the City of Phoenix Housing Department portfolio, 27% of households identified as Black, 68% identified as White, and 53% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in City of Phoenix Housing Department properties, 1,683 were Extremely Low Income, 412 were Very Low Income, 124 were Low Income and 14 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in City of Phoenix Housing Department properties is $12,545. Of all public housing residents, 3% have no income and 12% earn more than $25,000 while 85% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in City of Phoenix Housing Department public housing 40% have wage income, 53% have welfare income, 50% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 25% have other income and 1% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 2,252 households containing 5,704 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 2.5.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 55.42% of households included children. Across all household members in City of Phoenix Housing Department public houins units 14.9% are aged zero to five and 33.1% are aged 6 to 17.

11.3% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 40.7% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for City of Phoenix Housing Department public housing communities. 28.46% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 17.14% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 54.4% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The City of Phoenix Housing Department administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 23 projects which contain 2,307 affordable rental units. It also administers 6,276 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, City of Phoenix Housing Department is determined to be a Large public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1,250 - 9,999 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of City of Phoenix Housing Department between Public Housing Units (27%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (73%) to that of all housing authorities in Arizona, City of Phoenix Housing Department 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 Arizona.

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, City of Phoenix Housing Department scored an average of 82 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2004 and a low score of 46 in 2005. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Arizona is 75.36.

City of Phoenix Housing Department 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 (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 City of Phoenix Housing Department.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 6/4/12 Plan
2011 6/14/11 Plan
2010 7/1/10 Plan
2007 6/21/07 Plan
2007 6/21/07 Plan
2006 6/6/06 Plan
2005 6/20/05 Plan
2004 6/25/04 Plan
2002 7/12/02 Plan
2001 5/31/01 Plan
2000 7/1/00 Plan