Osceola Housing Authority
501 W Coston Avenue
Osceola, Mississippi County, AR

870-563-6662

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Osceola 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 Osceola Housing Authority (OHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.


The OHA offers one Public Housing community with 357 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size from 1 to 4 bedrooms.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of there preferences, it is likely applicants who do qualify will have a long wait to receive assistance, or will not receive assistance from this office.

To apply, visit the OHA to pick up a pre-application, located at 501 W Coston Ave., Osceola, AR 72370, from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm; and 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm, Monday-Thursday; and from 8:00 am until 11:30 am CT on Fridays.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm; and 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm, Monday-Thursday; and from 8:00 am until 11:30 am on Fridays.

Be sure to include these documents with the pre-application: Social Security Cards and birth certificates for all household members, proof of all income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

The OHA does have a preference for: Disabled, elderly, Working families, and non working families.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 OHA office at (870) 563-6662 from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm; and 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm, Monday-Thursday; and from 8:00 am until 11:30 am on Fridays.

Resident Characteristics
as of May 31, 2015

Osceola Housing Authority operates 355 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Osceola Housing Authority public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 34% 1 bedroom apartments, 32% 2 bedroom apartments, 28% 3 bedroom apartments and 6% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Osceola Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (May 31, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 349 out of a total 355 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 1.69%.

Family Type

Of the 178 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 8 (4.49%) were elderly, 170 (95.51%) were non-elderly, 83 (46.63%) were disabled, 112 (62.92%) contained children and 159 (89.33%) 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 (May 31, 2015) the minimum rent in Osceola Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Osceola Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $376.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $317. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $248. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $496. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $362.

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 Osceola Housing Authority portfolio, 96% of households identified as Black, 4% identified as White, and 0% 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 Osceola Housing Authority properties, 107 were Extremely Low Income, 105 were Very Low Income, 69 were Low Income and 67 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Osceola Housing Authority properties is $15,761. Of all public housing residents, 0% have no income and 19% earn more than $25,000 while 81% 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 Osceola Housing Authority public housing 51% have wage income, 38% have welfare income, 43% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 21% have other income and 0% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (May 31, 2015), there were a total of 348 households containing 750 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 2.2.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 62.92% of households included children. Across all household members in Osceola Housing Authority public houins units 19.9% are aged zero to five and 23.6% are aged 6 to 17.

4.5% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 52% 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 Osceola Housing Authority public housing communities. 39.08% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 9.48% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 51.44% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Osceola Housing Authority administers a public housing program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 357 affordable rental units.

According to HUD, Osceola Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 public housing units.

Osceola Housing Authority is among the 49% of Arkansas housing authorities that only offer public housing. Section 8 assistance in its target area is administered by another nearby housing authority.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)

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 Osceola Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2008 9/9/08 Plan
2007 8/2/07 Plan
2006 6/28/06 Plan
2005 8/23/05 Plan
2004 6/21/04 Plan
2003 7/11/03 Plan
2002 8/27/02 Plan
2001 8/15/01 Plan
2000 8/22/00 Plan