Great Bend Housing Authority
1101 Kansas Avenue
Great Bend, Barton County, KS


Section 8 Waiting List Status:

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Great Bend 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 Great Bend Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update August 14th, 2015.

The Great Bend Housing Authority (GBHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The GBHA offers two communities for families and senior/disabled individuals, ranging in size from studio's to 3 bedrooms.

There are two ways to apply:
  1. Visit the GBHA to pick up a pre-application, located at 1101 Kansas Ave., Great Bend, KS  67530 during normal office hours.
  2. Download the Cheyenne Village pre-application online, or The Public Housing Hi-Rise pre-application online, then print and complete.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above during normal office hours.

Be sure to include these documents with the pre-application: Social Security Cards, birth certificates, government issued IDs for all adult household members, proof of all income, alimony, child support, and legal separation and divorce decree (if applicable).

No preferences were noted.

For more information, visit the GBHA website, or call the office at (620) 793-7761 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Great Bend Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 96 affordable rental units. It also administers 80 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Great Bend 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 Great Bend Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (55%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (45%) to that of all housing authorities in Kansas, Great Bend 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 Kansas.

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, Great Bend Housing Authority scored an average of 83 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2007 and a low score of 68 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Kansas is 76.39.

Great Bend Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Kansas 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 Great Bend Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 12/11/09 Plan
2008 1/17/08 Plan
2007 2/16/07 Plan
2006 12/27/05 Plan
2005 2/15/05 Plan
2004 12/31/03 Plan
2003 1/6/03 Plan
2002 7/22/02 Plan
2001 3/9/01 Plan
2000 3/9/00 Plan