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

704-336-5183 http://www.cha-nc.org/

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 February 10th, 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, it is likely applicants who do qualify will have a long wait to receive assistance, or will not receive assistance from this office.

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 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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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.


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

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

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


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

Currently, the CHA has four communities with open waiting lists:

Charlottetown Terrace is a community dedicated to disabled individuals. Apply in person on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between the hours of 9:00 am until 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm. This community is located at 1000 Baxter Street
Charlotte, NC 28204, or they can be reached by calling (704) 336-5281 during normal office hours.

Claremont is a community for families and senior/disabled individuals. Applicants that live in this community have a work requirement. Apply in person on Mondays and Wednesdays, between the hours of 10:00 am until 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm. This community is located at 1032-F Coliseum Drive, Charlotte, NC 28205. The management at the Claremont  can also be reached by calling (704) 336-6905, during normal office hours. Please note: Only the three bedroom waiting list is open at this time.

Dillehay Courts is a community for families and senior individuals. Apply in person on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between the hours of 9:00 am until 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm. This community is located at 2600 North Pine Street,
Charlotte, NC 28206. The management can be reached by calling (704) 336-5279, during normal office hours. 
Please note: Only the 3, 4, and 5 bedroom waiting lists are open at this time.

Edwin Towers is a community dedicated to senior individuals. Apply in person on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between the hours of 9:00 am until 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Applications are accepted at the Hall House, located at 426 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC. The management office can be reached by calling (704) 336-5273, during normal office hours.

Be sure to bring these documents with you when applying: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

No preferences were noted.

More information can be found by visiting the CHA website at http://www.cha-nc.org/, or they can be reached by calling the phone numbers listed above.

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 (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, 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 (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.

Charlotte Housing Authority manages 36 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 73. The scores for properties managed by Charlotte Housing Authority range from a high of 98 to a low of 0.

The highest scoring property in the Charlotte Housing Authority portfolio is Prosperity Creek Senior Apartments and the lowest scoring property is Ashley Park.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 81% of properties managed by Charlotte Housing Authority have a passing score.

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

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