McAlester Housing Authority
520 W Kiowa Avenue
McAlester, Pittsburg County, OK

918-426-0335

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the McAlester Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on December 7th, 2015.

The McAlester Housing Authority (MHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

McAlester, OK is about 90 miles south of Tulsa, OK.

To apply, visit the MHA office to pick up a pre-application, located at 520 W Kiowa Ave., McAlester, OK 74501, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm CT, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The MHA does not hand out or receive pre-applications on the 1st through the 6th of the month.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The MHA does not hand out or receive pre-applications on the 1st through the 6th of the month.No documents are needed at this time.

Be sure to include these documents with the pre-application: Social Security Cards and birth certificates for all household members, photo IDs for all adult household members, proof of all income, and letter from school if enrolled in school.

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

The MHA does have a preference, and will go over them when you pick up the pre-application.

The current wait time for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher is 12 to 18 months.

For more information, call the MHA office at (918) 426-0335 during normal office hours.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the McAlester Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update December 4th, 2015.

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The McAlester Housing Authority (MHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.


The MHA offers three Public Housing community with 274 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size from 1 to 3 bedrooms.

To apply, visit the MHA office to pick up a pre-application, located at 520 W Kiowa Ave., McAlester, OK 74501, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm CT, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The MHA does not hand out or receive pre-applications on the 1st through the 6th of the month.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The MHA does not hand out or receive pre-applications on the 1st through the 6th of the month.

Be sure to include these documents with the pre-application: Social Security Cards and birth certificates for all household members, photo IDs for all adult household members, proof of all income, and letter from school (if enrolled in school).

The MHA does have preferences, and will go over them when you pick up the pre-application.

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

As of December 2015, the current wait time for Public Housing is 3 to 6 months.

For more information, call the MHA office at (918) 426-0335 during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

McAlester Housing Authority operates 274 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of McAlester Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 14% studio apartments, 29% 1 bedroom apartments, 26% 2 bedroom apartments, 23% 3 bedroom apartments and 7% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of McAlester Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 266 out of a total 274 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 2.92%.

Family Type

Of the 229 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 50 (21.83%) were elderly, 179 (78.17%) were non-elderly, 103 (44.98%) were disabled, 115 (50.22%) contained children and 93 (40.61%) 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 McAlester Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for McAlester Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $268.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $250. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $216. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $432. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $118.

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 McAlester Housing Authority portfolio, 9% of households identified as Black, 78% identified as White, and 3% 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 McAlester Housing Authority properties, 74 were Extremely Low Income, 125 were Very Low Income, 43 were Low Income and 16 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in McAlester Housing Authority properties is $12,589. Of all public housing residents, 3% have no income and 7% earn more than $25,000 while 90% 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 McAlester Housing Authority public housing 31% have wage income, 43% have welfare income, 59% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 20% have other income and 2% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 258 households containing 527 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.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 50.22% of households included children. Across all household members in McAlester Housing Authority public houins units 15.9% are aged zero to five and 26.6% are aged 6 to 17.

15.7% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 41.7% 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 McAlester Housing Authority public housing communities. 34.5% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 18.22% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 47.28% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The McAlester Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 3 projects which contain 274 affordable rental units. It also administers 73 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, McAlester Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of McAlester Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (79%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (21%) to that of all housing authorities in Oklahoma, McAlester Housing Authority 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 Oklahoma.

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, McAlester Housing Authority scored an average of 77 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2005 and a low score of 0 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Oklahoma is 75.48.

McAlester Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Oklahoma 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 McAlester Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 7/13/12 Plan
2011 7/19/11 Plan
2010 10/19/10 Plan
2009 5/7/09 Plan
2008 5/23/08 Plan
2007 6/13/07 Plan
2006 6/7/06 Plan
2005 6/6/05 Plan
2004 7/14/04 Plan
2003 6/26/03 Plan
2001 7/9/01 Plan
2000 5/15/00 Plan