Housing Authority of the City of Independence
210 S Pleasant Street
Independence, Jackson County, MO

816-836-9200 http://www.independenceha.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of the City of Independence Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on March 14th, 2016.

The Housing Authority of the City of Independence (HACI) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open from December 2015, until March 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


Independence, MO is about 10 miles east of Kansas City, MO.

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

Qualified applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time of the 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.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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, visit the HACI website, or call the office at (816) 836-9200 from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm CT.


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 Housing Authority of the City of Independence Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update December 21st, 2015.

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Housing Authority of the City of Independence (HACI) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.


The HAI offers two Public Housing communities with 522 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size from studios to 4 bedrooms.

To apply, visit the HACI to pick up a pre-application, located at 210 S Pleasant St., #112, Independence, MO 64050, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm CT, Monday-Friday.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

No documents are needed at this time.

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. Please contact the housing authority to find out its policy on updating pre-application information.

For more information, visit the HACI website, or call the office at (816) 836-9200 from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm CT.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Housing Authority of the City of Independence operates 528 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Housing Authority of the City of Independence public housing units range from studio apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 34% studio apartments, 45% 1 bedroom apartments, 16% 2 bedroom apartments, 4% 3 bedroom apartments and 1% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Housing Authority of the City of Independence’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 502 out of a total 528 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 4.92%.

Family Type

Of the 429 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 56 (13.05%) were elderly, 373 (86.95%) were non-elderly, 245 (57.11%) were disabled, 86 (20.05%) contained children and 77 (17.95%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in Housing Authority of the City of Independence's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Housing Authority of the City of Independence’s public housing developments is $236.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $189. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $223. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $445. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $262.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the Housing Authority of the City of Independence portfolio, 19% of households identified as Black, 76% identified as White, and 2% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in Housing Authority of the City of Independence properties, 421 were Extremely Low Income, 71 were Very Low Income, 8 were Low Income and 0 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Housing Authority of the City of Independence properties is $10,637. Of all public housing residents, 0% have no income and 3% earn more than $25,000 while 97% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in Housing Authority of the City of Independence public housing 25% have wage income, 60% have welfare income, 66% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 16% have other income and 0% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 502 households containing 708 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 1.4.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 20.05% of households included children. Across all household members in Housing Authority of the City of Independence public houins units 13% are aged zero to five and 10.5% are aged 6 to 17.

18.8% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 57.8% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for Housing Authority of the City of Independence public housing communities. 38.25% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 10.16% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 51.59% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of the City of Independence administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 522 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,647 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of the City of Independence 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 Housing Authority of the City of Independence between Public Housing Units (24%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (76%) to that of all housing authorities in Missouri, Housing Authority of the City of Independence 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 Missouri.

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, Housing Authority of the City of Independence scored an average of 95 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2004 and a low score of 70 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Missouri is 76.94.

Housing Authority of the City of Independence has an average score that is more than the average Missouri 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 Housing Authority of the City of Independence.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 4/4/11 Plan
2010 7/2/10 Plan
2009 7/24/09 Plan
2008 8/21/08 Plan
2007 7/3/08 Plan
2006 11/7/07 Plan
2004 5/25/04 Plan
2003 2/20/03 Plan
2002 4/22/02 Plan
2001 7/12/01 Plan
2000 6/30/00 Plan