Hays Housing Authority
1709 Sunset Trail
Hays, Ellis County, KS


Section 8 Waiting List Status:

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

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

The HHA offers one Public Housing community with 30 units for families and senior/disabled individuals, ranging in size from 1 to 3 bedrooms.

There are two ways to apply:
  1. Visit the HHA to pick up a pre-application, located at 1709 Sunset Trail, Hays, KS 67601, during normal office hours.
  2. Request to have a pre-application mailed to you by calling (785) 625-1188 during normal office hours.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. 

No documents are needed at this time.

The HHA does not have a preference.

Qualified applicants will be placed by the date and time the pre-application is received.

For more information, the HHA can be reached by calling (785) 625-1188 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Hays Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 30 affordable rental units. It also administers 78 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Hays Housing Authority is determined to be a Very Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1 - 49 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 Hays Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (28%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (72%) to that of all housing authorities in Kansas, Hays 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 Kansas.

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, Hays Housing Authority scored an average of 97 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2001 and a low score of 89 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Kansas is 76.39.

Hays 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 (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 Hays Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 12/11/09 Plan
2008 11/29/07 Plan
2007 12/27/06 Plan
2006 1/5/06 Plan
2005 12/22/04 Plan
2004 12/11/03 Plan
2003 1/8/03 Plan
2002 12/21/01 Plan
2001 4/6/01 Plan
2000 3/9/00 Plan