Hall County Housing Authority
1834 West 7th Street
Grand Island, Hall County, NE

308-385-5530 http://www.hcha.net/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Hall County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on April 20th, 2016.

The Hall County Housing Authority (HCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

To apply, visit the HCHA office to pick up an application, located at 1834 West 7th St., Grand Island, NE 68803, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm CT, Monday-Friday. The office is closed from 3:30 pm until 4:30 pm every third Thursday of the month.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday. The office is closed from 3:30 pm until 4:30 pm every third Thursday of the month.  

Be sure to include these documents with the application: Social Security Cards for all household members, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

The HCHA does have a preference for: Elderly, disabled, and families.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 how to update application information.

For more information, visit the HCHA website, or call the office at (308) 385-5530, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday. The office is closed from 3:30 pm until 4:30 pm every third Thursday of the month.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Hall County Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update April 21st, 2016.

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Hall County Housing Authority (HCHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled households. 


The HCHA offers three Public Housing communities with 391 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in sizes from studios to 3 bedrooms.

Please note:
 
  • All Public Housing residents that are not working, disabled, in job training, elderly or have a medical exemption, must preform eight hours of community service a month.
  • This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.
To apply, visit the HCHA office to pick up an application, located at 1834 West 7th St., Grand Island, NE 68803, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm CT, Monday-Friday. The office is closed from 3:30 pm until 4:30 pm every third Thursday of the month.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday. The office is closed from 3:30 pm until 4:30 pm every third Thursday of the month.  

Be sure to include these documents with the application: Social Security Cards for all household members, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

The HCHA does have a preference for: Elderly, disabled, and families.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). 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 how to update application information.

For more information, visit the HCHA website, or call the office at (308) 385-5530, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday. The office is closed from 3:30 pm until 4:30 pm every third Thursday of the month.  

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Hall County Housing Authority operates 394 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Hall County Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 3 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 24% studio apartments, 45% 1 bedroom apartments, 21% 2 bedroom apartments and 10% 3 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Hall County Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 378 out of a total 394 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 4.06%.

Family Type

Of the 328 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 49 (14.94%) were elderly, 279 (85.06%) were non-elderly, 155 (47.26%) were disabled, 108 (32.93%) contained children and 89 (27.13%) 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 Hall County Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Hall County Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $323.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $158. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $204. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $408. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $520.

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 Hall County Housing Authority portfolio, 18% of households identified as Black, 80% identified as White, and 12% 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 Hall County Housing Authority properties, 179 were Extremely Low Income, 93 were Very Low Income, 61 were Low Income and 45 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Hall County Housing Authority properties is $15,644. Of all public housing residents, 9% have no income and 19% earn more than $25,000 while 72% 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 Hall County Housing Authority public housing 39% have wage income, 20% have welfare income, 49% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 24% have other income and 6% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 378 households containing 658 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 1.7.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 32.93% of households included children. Across all household members in Hall County Housing Authority public houins units 14.4% are aged zero to five and 18.1% are aged 6 to 17.

15.7% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 51.8% 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 Hall County Housing Authority public housing communities. 34.92% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 14.55% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 50.53% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Hall County Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 3 projects which contain 391 affordable rental units. It also administers 481 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Hall County 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 Hall County Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (45%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (55%) to that of all housing authorities in Nebraska, Hall County 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 Nebraska.

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, Hall County Housing Authority scored an average of 82 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 67 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Nebraska is 74.28.

Hall County Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Nebraska 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 Hall County Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 6/13/12 Plan
2011 6/13/11 Plan
2010 6/1/10 Plan
2009 6/24/09 Plan
2008 5/29/08 Plan
2007 5/3/07 Plan
2006 5/4/06 Plan
2005 5/18/05 Plan
2004 6/1/04 Plan
2003 7/1/03 Plan
2002 5/29/02 Plan
2001 7/17/01 Plan
2000 7/18/00 Plan