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.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing operates 336 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 10% 1 bedroom apartments, 36% 2 bedroom apartments, 41% 3 bedroom apartments, 10% 4 bedroom apartments and 3% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 326 out of a total 336 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 2.98%.

Family Type

Of the 308 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 26 (8.44%) were elderly, 282 (91.56%) were non-elderly, 63 (20.45%) were disabled, 218 (70.78%) contained children and 175 (56.82%) 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 Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing’s public housing developments is $426.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $431. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $329. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $658. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $398.

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 Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing portfolio, 69% of households identified as Black, 7% identified as White, and 2% 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 Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing properties, 214 were Extremely Low Income, 71 were Very Low Income, 32 were Low Income and 8 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing properties is $17,280. Of all public housing residents, 6% have no income and 21% earn more than $25,000 while 73% 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 Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing public housing 62% have wage income, 28% have welfare income, 35% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 15% have other income and 4% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 325 households containing 917 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 2.8.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 70.78% of households included children. Across all household members in Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing public houins units 16.9% are aged zero to five and 31.2% are aged 6 to 17.

5.8% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 46.1% 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 Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing public housing communities. 27.08% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 11.38% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 61.54% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

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)

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