Helena Housing Authority
812 Abbey Street
Helena, Lewis And Clark County, MT


Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status:

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 Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

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

The HHA offers three Public Housing communities with 366 units for families and senior disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
2. Attend an orientation session at the HHA, held every Tuesday at 2:00 pm, and every Thursday at 10:00 am, located at 812 Abbey St., Helena, MT.

The HHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: elderly, disabled, homeless, working family, substandard housing, victim of domestic violence, or rent burden.

More information can be found by visiting the HHA website at http://hhamt.org, or by calling 406-442-7970, during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Helena Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 3 projects which contain 366 affordable rental units. It also administers 345 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Helena Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Helena Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (51%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (49%) to that of all housing authorities in Montana, Helena 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 Montana.

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, Helena Housing Authority scored an average of 93 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2003 and a low score of 77 in 2008. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Montana is 84.10.

Helena Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Montana 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)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

As of the last set of publicly available data, Helena Housing Authority manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 88. To be a passing score, a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. As of the last set of publicly available data, Samuel V Stewart Homes has a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (data.gov, 2014)

Total Tenant Payment Percentages What is Total Tenant Payment?

Tenants in public housing pay rent based on their income. Generally, the Total Tenant Payment (TTP) is 30% of the tenant’s adjusted income. Helena Housing Authority owns and manages 366 public housing units in 3 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for Helena Housing Authority is $272.00 compared to the state average of $360.00.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for the state of Montana ranges from a low of $272.00 to a high of $614.00.

Source Resident Characteristics Report (hud.gov, 2013)

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 Helena Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 6/29/12 Plan
2011 11/30/11 Plan
2010 11/24/10 Plan
2007 6/18/07 Plan
2006 5/12/06 Plan
2005 5/13/05 Plan
2004 5/26/04 Plan
2003 10/7/03 Plan
2001 5/15/01 Plan
2000 6/21/00 Plan


Public Housing Projects


Public Housing Units


Section 8 Vouchers

Medium Low (250 - 499)

Public Housing Size

Medium Low (250 - 499)

Section 8 Size


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