Housing Authority of Maricopa County
2024 N 7th Street, Suite 101
Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ

602-744-4500 http://www.maricopahousing.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of Maricopa County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on January 9th, 2017.

The Housing Authority of Maricopa County (HAMC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open, from January 9, 2017 at 10:00 am, until January 20, 2017 at 3:00 pm MT. It was last open for two days in June 2015, and prior to that for three days in June 2014.

To apply, complete the online application here.

Applicants who require special assistance to apply can call the HAMC help desk at (602) 744-4555, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm, Monday-Saturday.

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


Preferences have not yet been confirmed. We have contacted the HAMC, and will update this page when more information becomes available.

4,776 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

Persons on the waiting list can update application information online here, or contact the HAMC in writing at 8910 N. 78th Avenue, Building D, Peoria, AZ 85345.

For more information, read the HAMC public notice, visit the HAMC website, or call the office at (602) 744-4500.

The Housing Authority of Maricopa County (HAMC) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher applications for families and senior/disabled households.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The Section 8 Project-Based Voucher program operates similarly to Public Housing, in which tenants must live in a specific unit to receive housing assistance. For HCV information, please scroll up above the PBV section.

To apply, visit the HAMC website, and scroll down to the section titled "Housing Choice Voucher Waitlist Application Status."

Persons on the waiting list can update application information online here, or contact the HAMC in writing at 8910 N. 78th Avenue, Building D, Peoria, AZ 85345.

For more information, visit the HAMC website, or call the office at (602) 744-4500.

Public Housing Waiting List Status

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of Maricopa County Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update November 13th, 2015.

The Housing Authority of Maricopa County (HAMC) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications at this time.


The MCHA offers 16 Public Housing communities for families and senior/disabled households.

For more information, visit the HAMC website, or call the office at (602) 744-4500.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of Maricopa County administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 15 projects which contain 824 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,562 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of Maricopa County 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 Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Housing Authority of Maricopa County between Public Housing Units (35%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (65%) to that of all housing authorities in Arizona, Housing Authority of Maricopa County 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, Housing Authority of Maricopa County scored an average of 65 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 96 in 2008 and a low score of 41 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Arizona is 75.36.

Housing Authority of Maricopa County has an average score that is less 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 Housing Authority of Maricopa County.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 9/13/12 Plan
2011 10/3/11 Plan
2010 9/23/10 Plan
2007 7/3/07 Plan
2006 8/18/06 Plan
2005 10/14/05 Plan
2002 5/30/02 Plan
2000 7/1/00 Plan