Benton Housing Authority
1200 W Pine Street
Benton, Saline County, AR


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Benton Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on February 4th, 2016.

The Benton Housing Authority (BHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when the waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

The BHA is known to open and close its waiting list in one day. To make sure you don't miss an opening, contact the housing authority on a regular basis. We will update the content of our website when more information becomes available.

For more information, call the BHA office at (501) 778-7302, from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

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.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Benton Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update February 4th, 2016.

The Benton Housing Authority (BHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for senior/disabled households, and rental family home pre-applications for families.

Please note: The BHA does not offer a Public Housing program for families.

The BHA offers one Public Housing community with 102 units for senior/disabled households, ranging in size from 1 to 2 bedrooms.

To apply, visit the BHA office to pick up a pre-application, located at 1200 W Pine St, Benton, AR 72015, from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Documents are not needed at this time.

Preferences have not been identified.

For more information, call the BHA office at (501) 778-7302, from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Benton Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 102 affordable rental units. It also administers 778 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Benton Housing Authority 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 High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Benton Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (12%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (88%) to that of all housing authorities in Arkansas, Benton 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 Arkansas.

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, Benton 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 100 in 2001 and a low score of 83 in 2003. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Arkansas is 76.44.

Benton Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Arkansas 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 Benton Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 2/16/12 Plan
2011 2/13/12 Plan
2010 5/13/10 Plan
2008 1/24/08 Plan
2007 2/27/07 Plan
2006 5/10/06 Plan
2005 1/25/05 Plan
2004 1/29/04 Plan
2003 1/30/03 Plan
2002 3/11/02 Plan
2001 8/7/01 Plan
2000 6/20/00 Plan