Yuma County Housing Department
8450 West Highway 95, Suite 88
Somerton, Yuma County, AZ

928-627-8828 http://www.yumacountyaz.gov/departments-and-services/housing

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Yuma County Housing Department Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on August 31st, 2016.

Please note: The Yuma County Housing Department covers Yuma County, AZ, with the exception of the City of Yuma, AZ.


The Yuma County Housing Authority (YCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. It opened in November 2014, and is open indefinitely.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the pre-application online here.
  2. Pick up a pre-application at the YCHA office, located at 8450 West Highway 95, Suite 88, Somerton, AZ 85350.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be mailed to the address above.

The following preferences have been identified: Elderly, disabled, Live or work in Yuma County.

For more information, visit the YCHA website, or call the office at (928) 627-8828.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Yuma County Housing Department Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update May 22nd, 2015.

The Yuma County Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.


This housing authority has three communities providing 1 to 4 bedrooms rental units: Valley Vista Apartments 84 units, Moctezuma Apartments with 40 units , and Pecan Shadows with 35 units.

To apply for public housing, you can visit their website here, to print and complete an application.

Once you have completed the application, it can be mailed or hand delivered to: 8450 West Highway 95, Suite 88, Somerton, AZ 85350.

This housing authority did not list any preferences.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://www.yumacountyaz.gov/departments-and-services/housing/, or they can be reached with any questions you may have, by calling 928-627-8828, during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Yuma County Housing Department administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 159 affordable rental units. It also administers 401 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Yuma County Housing Department is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Yuma County Housing Department between Public Housing Units (28%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (72%) to that of all housing authorities in Arizona, Yuma County 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, Yuma County Housing Department scored an average of 94 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2003 and a low score of 67 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Arizona is 75.36.

Yuma County 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 Yuma County Housing Department.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 6/13/12 Plan
2011 5/16/11 Plan
2010 8/18/10 Plan
2007 8/31/07 Plan
2006 8/25/06 Plan
2005 10/24/05 Plan
2003 7/23/03 Plan
2002 1/8/03 Plan
2000 7/11/00 Plan