Wichita Housing Authority
332 N. Riverview Street
Wichita, Sedgwick County, KS

316-462-3700 http://www.wichita.gov/Government/Departments/Housing/Pages/default.aspx

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Wichita Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on March 30th, 2016.

The Wichita Housing Authority (WHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open from February 2016 until March 2016, and prior to that in October 2014.


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

There were no preferences.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time of pre-application submission.

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.

Applicants can check their status on the waiting list by calling (316) 462-3700.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.

Applicants must update pre-application information in writing to the Housing and Community Services office, located at 332 N. Riverview, Wichita, KS, 67203.

For more information, visit the WHA website, or call the office at (316) 462-3700.


Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Wichita Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update February 16th, 2016.

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

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


Please note: The family waiting list is only accepting pre-application for families with four or more household members.

The WHA offers four Public Housing communities with 577 units for families and senior/disabled households.


No preferences were noted.

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. Contact the housing authority to find out its policy on how to update pre-application information.

For more information, visit the WHA website, or call the office at (316) 462-3700 from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm CT, Monday-Friday.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Wichita Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 4 projects which contain 577 affordable rental units. It also administers 2,648 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Wichita 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 Wichita Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (18%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (82%) to that of all housing authorities in Kansas, Wichita 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, Wichita 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 97 in 2006 and a low score of 78 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Kansas is 76.39.

Wichita 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 Wichita Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 12/30/11 Plan
2011 4/18/11 Plan
2010 2/3/10 Plan
2009 12/31/08 Plan
2008 11/13/07 Plan
2007 12/19/06 Plan
2006 1/5/06 Plan
2005 12/22/04 Plan
2004 12/19/03 Plan
2003 12/13/02 Plan
2002 12/31/01 Plan
2001 2/1/01 Plan
2000 3/9/00 Plan