Housing Authority of the City of Charlotte
1301 South Boulevard
Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC

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

Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Closed

The Charlotte Housing Authority accepted applications for its Section 8 waiting list from September 22 to 26, 2014.

There are five local preferences for this waiting list.  The preferences are homeless families, veterans, working families, near elderly and victims of domestic violence.

The waiting list was online.

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

By the end of the waiting list opening period, 32,128 people had applied for the precious housing assistance.  This is more than 3 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.  You should be patient if you have not heard back from the housing authority.

UPDATE: Recent News Coverage From WBTV in Charlotte

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.

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Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of the City of Charlotte 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, Housing Authority of the City of Charlotte 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 Housing Authority of the City of Charlotte between Public Housing Units (40%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (60%) to that of all housing authorities in North Carolina, Housing Authority of the City of Charlotte 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, Housing Authority of the City of Charlotte scored an average of 90 points. 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.

Housing Authority of the City of Charlotte 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.

Housing Authority of the City of Charlotte manages 36 rental properties which have an average inspection score of 73. The scores for properties managed by Housing Authority of the City of Charlotte range from a high of 98 to a low of 0.

The highest scoring property in the Housing Authority of the City of Charlotte 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 Housing Authority of the City of Charlotte 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 Housing Authority of the City of Charlotte.

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

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