Blytheville Housing Authority
31 Arkansas St.
Blytheville, Mississippi County, AR


Section 8 Waiting List Status:

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Blytheville Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on June 5th, 2015.

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The Section 8 and Public Housing programs administered by this housing authority are often over subscribed requiring the use of a waiting list. The waiting list would typically only open for brief periods. To find out of the waiting list is open or when it may open, please contact the housing authority directly.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Blytheville Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update January 21st, 2016.

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The Blytheville Housing Authority (BHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.

Please note: The BHA does not offer one bedroom units. For senior/disabled households, you must qualify for a two bedroom unit.

The BHA offers two Public Housing communities with 296 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size from 2 to 5 bedrooms.

To apply, you must visit the BHA office in person to schedule an appointment to submit a pre-application, located at 31 Arkansas St., Blytheville, AR 72315, from 8:00 am until 11:30 am; and 12:30 pm until 4:15 pm CT, Monday-Friday.

Be sure to bring a photo ID with you when setting up the appointment.

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Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original pre-application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Please contact the housing authority to find out its policy on updating pre-application information.

For more information, call the BHA office at (870) 763-6781 from 8:00 am until 11:30 am; and 12:30 pm until 4:15 pm, Monday-Friday.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Blytheville Housing Authority operates 281 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Blytheville Housing Authority public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 46% 1 bedroom apartments, 30% 2 bedroom apartments, 17% 3 bedroom apartments, 6% 4 bedroom apartments and 1% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Blytheville Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 251 out of a total 281 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 10.68%.

Family Type

Of the 245 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 44 (17.96%) were elderly, 201 (82.04%) were non-elderly, 67 (27.35%) were disabled, 107 (43.67%) contained children and 104 (42.45%) 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 Blytheville Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Blytheville Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $217.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $245. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $417. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $834. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $181.

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 Blytheville Housing Authority portfolio, 92% of households identified as Black, 7% identified as White, and 1% 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 Blytheville Housing Authority properties, 117 were Extremely Low Income, 100 were Very Low Income, 29 were Low Income and 5 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Blytheville Housing Authority properties is $9,116. Of all public housing residents, 0% have no income and 2% earn more than $25,000 while 98% 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 Blytheville Housing Authority public housing 33% have wage income, 24% have welfare income, 45% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 12% have other income and 0% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 251 households containing 472 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 1.9.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 43.67% of households included children. Across all household members in Blytheville Housing Authority public houins units 19.5% are aged zero to five and 21.8% are aged 6 to 17.

10.8% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 47.9% 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 Blytheville Housing Authority public housing communities. 39.04% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 17.53% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 43.43% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Blytheville Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 296 affordable rental units. It also administers 0 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Blytheville Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as No units, meaning it administers Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Blytheville Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (100%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (0%) to that of all housing authorities in Arkansas, Blytheville Housing Authority 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 smaller 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, Blytheville Housing Authority scored an average of 88 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 65 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Arkansas is 76.44.

Blytheville 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 Blytheville Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 10/8/10 Plan
2008 10/9/08 Plan
2007 8/8/07 Plan
2006 7/21/06 Plan
2005 8/3/05 Plan
2004 8/4/04 Plan
2003 7/25/03 Plan
2002 8/23/02 Plan
2001 7/27/01 Plan
2000 4/23/01 Plan