Beaufort Housing Authority
1009 Prince Street
Beaufort, Beaufort County, SC


Section 8 Waiting List Status:

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Beaufort Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on June 5th, 2015.

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The Section 8 and Public Housing programs administered by this housing authority are often over subscribed requiring the use of a waiting list. The waiting list would typically only open for brief periods. To find out of the waiting list is open or when it may open, please contact the housing authority directly.

Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Beaufort Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update July 2nd, 2015.

The Beaufort Housing Authority (BHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The BHA offers three Public Housing communities with 291 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the BHA to pick up an application, located at 1009 Prince St., Beaufort, SC, between the hours of 8:30 am until 11:30 am, Monday-Friday.
2. Download the application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, between the hours of 8:30 am until 11:30 am, Monday-Friday.

Be sure to include these documents with your application: photo IDs for all adult household members, Social Security Cards, birth certificates, current print out of food stamp benefits, divorce papers or proof of separation if applicable, foster care license if applicable, last year's tax returns, proof of all income, proof of school papers for adults if applicable.

The BHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: displaced by natural disaster, displaced by government action, working families, enrolled in an institution of higher learning, families who live and/or work in Beaufort County, elderly, or disabled.

More information can be found by visiting the BHA website at, or by calling 843-525-7059, during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Beaufort Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 3 projects which contain 291 affordable rental units. It also administers 574 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Beaufort 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 Medium High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Beaufort Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (34%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (66%) to that of all housing authorities in South Carolina, Beaufort Housing Authority has a smaller 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 South Carolina.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 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, Beaufort Housing Authority scored an average of 99 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2002 and a low score of 96 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in South Carolina is 81.31.

Beaufort Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average South 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 (, 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 Beaufort Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2007 7/24/07 Plan
2006 7/19/06 Plan
2005 7/7/05 Plan
2004 1/28/05 Plan
2003 10/21/03 Plan
2000 10/5/00 Plan