West Memphis Housing Authority
390 South Walker Ave.
West Memphis, Crittenden County, AR

870-735-3520

Section 8 Waiting List Status:

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the West Memphis 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 Status : Open

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

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


The WMHA offers two Public Housing communities with 374 units for families and senior/disabled households.

To apply, visit the WMHA office to pick up a pre-application, located at 390 S Walker Avenue, West Memphis, AR 72301, from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm; and 1:00 until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, from 8:00 am until 1100 am and 1:00 pm until 3:00 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.

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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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 WMHA office at (870) 735-1765 from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm; and 1:00 until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The West Memphis Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 374 affordable rental units. It also administers 523 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, West Memphis 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 West Memphis Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (42%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (58%) to that of all housing authorities in Arkansas, West Memphis 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 (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, West Memphis Housing Authority scored an average of 93 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 76 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Arkansas is 76.44.

West Memphis 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 West Memphis Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 4/6/12 Plan
2011 4/12/11 Plan
2010 4/27/10 Plan
2009 4/27/10 Plan
2008 4/30/08 Plan
2007 4/30/07 Plan
2006 4/19/06 Plan
2005 6/23/05 Plan
2004 4/27/04 Plan
2003 6/25/03 Plan
2002 5/8/02 Plan
2001 9/2/01 Plan
2000 7/24/00 Plan