Charlotte Housing Authority
1301 South Boulevard
Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Charlotte Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on April 5th, 2016.

The Charlotte Housing Authority (CHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for five days in September 2014, and prior to that in 2007. It is not known when this waiting list will reopen.

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

The following preferences were identified: Homeless families, veterans, working families, near elderly and victims of domestic violence.

As of September 22, 2014, more than 5,200 people visited the Charlotte waiting list pre-application web site and 4,000 had completed pre-applications.  At times, the website was inaccessible because of too much traffic.

By the end of the waiting list opening period, 32,128 people had applied. This is more than three times the number of applications received during the last opening of the waiting list in 2007.

The Charlotte Housing Authority will be sending out letters to those that applied with further instructions.  Given the volume of applicants, we would expect this process to take a while.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 CHA website, or call the office at (704) 336-5183.

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 Status : Open

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

The Charlotte Housing Authority (CHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households. The CHA also offers Workforce Housing, Market Rate Housing, and Mixed-Income Housing programs that may have an opening.

The CHA offers 53 Public Housing Communities with 3,297 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply, visit the CHA website here, and click the appropriate program for more information. 

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 CHA website, or call the office at (704) 336-5183.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Charlotte Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 53 projects which contain 3,297 affordable rental units. It also administers 4,918 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Charlotte Housing Authority is determined to be a Large public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1,250 - 9,999 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 Charlotte Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (40%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (60%) to that of all housing authorities in North Carolina, Charlotte 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 North Carolina.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 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, Charlotte 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 99 in 2007 and a low score of 78 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in North Carolina is 80.83.

Charlotte Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average North Carolina 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 (, 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 Charlotte Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2007 1/31/07 Plan
2006 2/24/06 Plan
2005 3/25/05 Plan
2004 2/3/04 Plan
2003 5/13/03 Plan
2002 4/10/02 Plan
2001 5/16/01 Plan
2000 9/28/00 Plan