Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing
317 Caldwell Street Ext.
Chapel Hill, Orange County, NC

919-968-2850

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Town of Chapel Hill Housing Department (TCHHD) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.


The TCHHD offers three Public Housing communities with 335 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply, download the application here, then print and complete. The link to the application can be found on the bottom right-hand part of the web page, under "

Once the application has been completed, it can mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, marriage certificate If applicable, custody or guardianship papers, photo IDs for all adult household members.

The TCHHD does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: 

For Orange County residents: disabled, elderly, homeless, rent burden, involuntary displaced.
Outside of Orange County: employed, rent burden, involuntary displaced, elderly, homeless, disabled, or victim of domestic violence.

More information can be found by visiting the TCHHD website, or by calling 919-968-2850, during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing administers a public housing program. The housing authority owns and manages 3 projects which contain 335 affordable rental units.

According to HUD, Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 public housing units.

Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing 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.

Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing manages 2 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 84. The scores for properties managed by Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing range from a high of 86 to a low of 81.

The highest scoring property in the Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing portfolio is S. Estes - S. Roberson - Cww and the lowest scoring property is Lindsay - North Columbia - Trinity Court.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing have a passing score.

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

Total Tenant Payment Percentages What is Total Tenant Payment?

Tenants in public housing pay rent based on their income. Generally, the Total Tenant Payment (TTP) is 30% of the tenant’s adjusted income. Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing owns and manages 335 public housing units in 3 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing is $411.00 compared to the state average of $246.00.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for the state of North Carolina ranges from a low of $153.00 to a high of $422.00.

Source Resident Characteristics Report (hud.gov, 2013)

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 Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 6/20/11 Plan
2007 6/5/07 Plan
2006 5/22/06 Plan
2005 6/17/05 Plan
2004 6/7/04 Plan
2003 5/29/03 Plan
2002 5/20/02 Plan
2001 8/13/01 Plan
2000 8/29/00 Plan

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Public Housing Projects

335

Public Housing Units

Medium Low (250 - 499)

Public Housing Size

No units

Section 8 Size

Low-Rent

Program Type

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