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

406-442-7970 http://hhamt.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Helena Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 22nd, 2015.

The Helena Housing Authority (HHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.


There are two ways to apply:
  1. Complete the online application here. Once the application has been completed, you can email it to Admissions@hhamt.org, or print and hand it in to the HHA office, located at 812 Abbey Street, Helena, MT, between normal office hours.
  2. Visit the HHA office to attend an orientation, held every Tuesday at 2:00 pm, and every Thursday at 10:00 am.
The following documentation is required of all members of the household: Full legal name, sex, relationship to Head of Household, Social Security Number, date of birth, age, income.

The HHA has identified these preferences: Disabled, elderly, substandard housing, more than 50% of income towards rent, victim of domestic violence.

If selected to be placed on the waiting list, you will be contacted by mail once your name has reached the top of the waiting list.

For more information, visit http://hhamt.org/, or call (406) 442-7970.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Helena Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update June 19th, 2015.

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)

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