Searcy Housing Authority
501 S.fir St.
Searcy, White County, AR


Section 8 Waiting List Status:

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

The SHA offers one Public Housing community with 148 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size from studios 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.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Visit the SHA office to pick up a pre-application, located at 501 S Fir St., Searcy, AR 72143, from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm CT, Monday-Friday.
  2. Request to have a pre-application mailed to you by calling (501) 268-8547, from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

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 SHA does have a preference for: 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 SHA office at (501) 268-8547 from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Searcy Housing Authority operates 148 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Searcy Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 11% studio apartments, 52% 1 bedroom apartments, 22% 2 bedroom apartments, 14% 3 bedroom apartments and 1% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Searcy Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 147 out of a total 148 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 0.68%.

Family Type

Of the 109 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 4 (3.67%) were elderly, 105 (96.33%) were non-elderly, 48 (44.04%) were disabled, 40 (36.7%) contained children and 36 (33.03%) 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 Searcy Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Searcy Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $263.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $207. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $259. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $518. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $301.

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 Searcy Housing Authority portfolio, 29% of households identified as Black, 71% 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 Searcy Housing Authority properties, 77 were Extremely Low Income, 50 were Very Low Income, 17 were Low Income and 3 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Searcy Housing Authority properties is $11,203. Of all public housing residents, 3% have no income and 5% earn more than $25,000 while 92% 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 Searcy Housing Authority public housing 31% have wage income, 2% have welfare income, 65% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 12% have other income and 3% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 147 households containing 258 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 1.8.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 36.7% of households included children. Across all household members in Searcy Housing Authority public houins units 8.5% are aged zero to five and 21.7% are aged 6 to 17.

17.1% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 52.7% 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 Searcy Housing Authority public housing communities. 32.65% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 10.2% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 57.15% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Searcy Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 148 affordable rental units. It also administers 138 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Searcy 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 Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Searcy Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (52%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (48%) to that of all housing authorities in Arkansas, Searcy 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 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, Searcy Housing Authority scored an average of 81 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2009 and a low score of 55 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Arkansas is 76.44.

Searcy 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 Searcy Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 4/20/10 Plan
2009 4/20/10 Plan
2008 11/15/07 Plan
2007 1/26/07 Plan
2006 11/10/05 Plan
2005 10/25/04 Plan
2004 2/12/04 Plan
2003 10/23/03 Plan
2002 10/31/01 Plan
2001 6/19/01 Plan
2000 5/18/00 Plan