Robeson County Housing Authority
100 Oxendine Circle
Lumberton, Robeson County, NC

910-738-4866

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
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The Robeson County Housing Authority (RCHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.


The RCHA offers two Public Housing communities with 290 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply: The application can be downloaded here.

Once the application has been completed, you must visit the RCHA to hand deliver it on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, between the hours of 10:00 am and 11:00 am. The RCHA is located at 100 Oxendine Circle, Lumberton, NC.

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

The RCHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: veteran, live and work in Lumberton, employed, disabled, displaced by fire, displaced by natural disaster, or substandard living.

More information can be found by visiting the RCHA website, or by calling 910-738-4866 during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Robeson County Housing Authority operates 290 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Robeson County Housing Authority public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 26% 1 bedroom apartments, 39% 2 bedroom apartments, 27% 3 bedroom apartments, 6% 4 bedroom apartments and 1% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Robeson County Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 286 out of a total 290 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 1.38%.

Family Type

Of the 241 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 13 (5.39%) were elderly, 228 (94.61%) were non-elderly, 70 (29.05%) were disabled, 152 (63.07%) contained children and 139 (57.68%) 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 Robeson County Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Robeson County Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $285.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $235. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $207. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $415. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $264.

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 Robeson County Housing Authority portfolio, 50% of households identified as Black, 10% identified as White, and 1% 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 Robeson County Housing Authority properties, 163 were Extremely Low Income, 75 were Very Low Income, 36 were Low Income and 12 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Robeson County Housing Authority properties is $11,906. Of all public housing residents, 6% have no income and 9% earn more than $25,000 while 85% 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 Robeson County Housing Authority public housing 41% have wage income, 3% have welfare income, 47% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 21% 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 286 households containing 667 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 2.3.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 63.07% of households included children. Across all household members in Robeson County Housing Authority public houins units 18.3% are aged zero to five and 27.9% are aged 6 to 17.

9.1% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 44.7% 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 Robeson County Housing Authority public housing communities. 27.62% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 10.14% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 62.24% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Robeson County Housing Authority administers a public housing program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 290 affordable rental units.

According to HUD, Robeson County Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 public housing units.

Robeson County Housing Authority is among the 45% of North Carolina housing authorities that only offer public housing. Section 8 assistance in its target area is administered by another nearby housing authority.

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

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Robeson County Housing Authority manages 2 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 88. The scores for properties managed by Robeson County Housing Authority range from a high of 88 to a low of 87.

The highest scoring property in the Robeson County Housing Authority portfolio is Westgate Terrace & Benton Courts and the lowest scoring property is Morgan Britt Park & McColl Page Plaza.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Robeson County 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 Robeson County Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2007 6/15/07 Plan
2006 5/12/06 Plan
2005 7/13/05 Plan
2004 8/11/04 Plan
2003 6/16/03 Plan
2002 9/6/02 Plan
2001 11/26/01 Plan
2000 8/28/00 Plan