Hot Springs Housing Authority
1004 Illinois Street
Hot Springs, Garland County, AR

501-624-4420 http://www.hshousing.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Hot Springs Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on January 13th, 2016.

The Hot Springs Housing Authority (HSHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

Hot Springs, AR is about 55 miles southwest of Little Rock, AR.

To apply, visit the HSHA office to pick up a pre-application, located at 1002 Illinois Street, Hot Springs, AR 71901, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm CT, Monday-Friday.

Please note: The pre-application that is on the HSHA website is not the correct document. You must visit the office for the updated pre-application.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

No documents are needed at this time.

The HSHA does not have a preference. 

Applicants are placed on the waiting list by the date and time the pre-application is received.

The current wait time for a voucher is approximately three years.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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, visit the HSHA website, or call the office at (501) 624-4420 from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

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

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


The HSHA offers three Public Housing communities with 365 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size from studios to 4 bedrooms.

To apply, visit the HSHA office to pick up a pre-application, located at 1002 Illinois Street, Hot Springs, AR 71901, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm CT, Monday-Friday.

Please note: The pre-application that is on the website is the wrong application. You must visit the office for the updated pre-application.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

No documents are needed at this time.

The HSHA does not have a preference. 

Applicants are placed on the waiting list by the date and time the pre-application is received.

The current wait time for Public Housing is approximately 6 to 12 months.

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, visit the HSHA website, or call the office at (501) 624-4420 from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Hot Springs Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 3 projects which contain 365 affordable rental units. It also administers 658 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Hot Springs 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 Medium High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Hot Springs Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (36%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (64%) to that of all housing authorities in Arkansas, Hot Springs 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 (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, Hot Springs 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 104 in 2007 and a low score of 74 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Arkansas is 76.44.

Hot Springs 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 (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 Hot Springs Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 7/25/12 Plan
2010 9/28/10 Plan
2008 4/18/08 Plan
2007 4/13/07 Plan
2006 4/27/06 Plan
2005 4/20/05 Plan
2004 5/11/04 Plan
2003 4/28/03 Plan
2002 5/8/02 Plan
2001 9/27/01 Plan
2000 1/29/01 Plan