Fresno Housing Authority
1331 Fulton Mall
Fresno, Fresno County, CA

559-443-8400 http://www.fresnohousing.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Fresno Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on October 18th, 2016.

Please note: The Fresno Housing Authority and the Fresno County Housing Authority cover Fresno County, CA as the Fresno Housing Authority.


The Fresno Housing Authority (FHA) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list pre-applications for senior (62+) households, from October 17, 2016, until January 31, 2017.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The Section 8 Project-Based Voucher program operates similarly to Public Housing, in which tenants must live in a specific unit to receive housing assistance. For HCV information, please scroll down below the PBV section.

Please note: 

  • This opening is for the Firebaugh Gateway property, which is expected to open in December 2016.
  • This waiting list may have preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.
There are three ways to apply

  1. Download and print the pre-application. The pre-application is available in English and Spanish.
  2. Pick up a pre-application at 1331 Fulton Mall, Fresno, CA 93721, from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm PT, Monday-Thursday.
  3. Pick up a pre-application at 1625 Allardt Drive, Firebaugh, CA 93622, from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, Monday-Thursday.
Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed to:

FH APPLICATIONS
PO BOX 11985
FRESNO, CA 93776


This waiting list may have the following preferences: Resident, and veteran. Further explanation of each preference can be found on the pre-application.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the pre-application is received, after sorting preferences.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, read the FHA public notice, visit the FHA website, or call the office at (559) 443-8400.

The Fresno Housing Authority (FHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in July 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. The pre-application was available online only.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). 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. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the FHA website, or call the office at (559) 443-8400.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Fresno Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update January 11th, 2017.

Please note: The Fresno Housing Authority and the Fresno County Housing Authority cover Fresno County, CA as the Fresno Housing Authority.

The Fresno Housing Authority (FHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications. This waiting list opened on January 9, 2017 at 10:00 am PT. It was last open in July 2016.

The FHA offers 51 communities for families, ranging from 1-5 bedrooms, and 3 communities dedicated to senior/disabled households, located throughout Fresno County, CA.

To apply, complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the FHA website, or call the office at (559) 443-8400.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Fresno Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 11 projects which contain 783 affordable rental units. It also administers 6,966 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Fresno Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Fresno Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (10%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (90%) to that of all housing authorities in California, Fresno 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 California.

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, Fresno Housing Authority scored an average of 90 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 104 in 2003 and a low score of 79 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in California is 75.30.

Fresno Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average California 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 Fresno Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 2/15/12 Plan
2011 8/15/11 Plan
2010 4/13/10 Plan
2009 4/20/09 Plan
2008 4/28/08 Plan
2007 7/9/07 Plan
2006 1/23/06 Plan
2005 12/28/04 Plan
2004 11/24/03 Plan
2003 12/13/02 Plan
2002 4/23/02 Plan
2001 7/17/01 Plan
2000 5/22/00 Plan