Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority
1880 2nd Avenue
Hickory, Catawba County, NC

828-322-9191 http://www.wpcog.org/regional-housing-authority

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on January 3rd, 2017.

The Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority (WPCOG/RHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open for application distribution on January 3, 2017. The WPCOG/RHA will begin accepting applications on February 20, 2017, and the waiting list will remain open indefinitely. It was last open for more than two weeks in April 2016.


There are two ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the application that will be available on the WPCOG website.
  2. Pick up an application at one of the following locations:
  • WPCOG office, located at 1880 Second Avenue NW, Hickory, NC 28601, from 8:15 am until 5:00 pm.
  • Alexander County Department of Social Services, located at 604 7th St. SW, Taylorsville, NC 28681, during normal office hours.
  • Burke County Department of Social Services, located at 700 E Parker Rd. Morganton, NC 28655, during normal office hours.
  • Caldwell County Department of Social Services, located at 2345 Morganton Blvd SW Lenoir, NC 28645, during normal office hours.
  • Catawba County Department of Social Services, located at 3030 11th Ave Dr SE, Hickory, NC 28602, during normal office hours.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be:

  1. Mailed to the WPCOG at PO Box 9026, Hickory, NC 28603 on or after February 20, 2017.
  2. Hand delivered to the WPCOG at 1880 Second Avenue NW, Hickory, NC 28601, from 8:15 am until 5:00 pm on or after February 20, 2017.
This waiting list has the following preferences: Veteran, disabled.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time of application submission, after sorting preferences.

For more information, read the WPCOG/RHA public notice, visit the WPCOG/RHA website, or call the office at (828) 322-9191.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority administers a Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority administers 1,074 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority is designated as Medium High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority is among the 22% of North Carolina housing authorities that only offer Section 8 voucher assistance. If there are any public housing units available in the target area, those units are administered by another housing authority.

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, Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority scored an average of 92 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2009 and a low score of 81 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in North Carolina is 80.83.

Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional 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)

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 Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 5/5/11 Plan
2009 4/29/09 Plan
2008 4/14/08 Plan
2007 4/5/07 Plan
2006 4/10/06 Plan
2005 4/21/05 Plan
2004 5/4/04 Plan
2003 6/26/03 Plan
2002 7/26/02 Plan