Housing Authority of Florence
400 E Pine Street
Florence, Florence County, SC

843-669-4163 http://hafsc.org

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

The Florence Housing Authority (SC) has opened the waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program beginning on Monday, June 1, 2015; no closing date at this time.

The waiting list was last open in February 2013.

Pre-applications will be accepted online only at http://hafsc.org ... then click "How to Apply" under Section 8

The areas covered for this waiting list include:
  • Florence Housing Authority County, north of Lynches River
  • Cheraw Housing Authority, covers Chesterfield County
  • Housing and Community Redevelopment Authority of Marlboro County (covers all of Marlboro and Dillon Counties)

Once the housing authority reaches your name on the pre-application waiting list, you will then receive an appointment to complete a full application.  All required documentation at your full application appointment has to be provided by you at that time.


Preferences will be determined at the time of the full application appointment with required documentation; the waiting list will be chosen by date and  time of pre-application submission.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

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


The HAF offers 12 Public Housing communities with 754 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply, visit the HAF on the second and last Tuesday of the month, between the hours of 8:00 am until 10:00 am. No documents are needed at this time. The HAF is located at 400 E. Pine St., Florence, SC.

No preferences were noted.

More information can be found by visiting the HAF website at http://www.hafsc.org, or by calling 843-669-4163 during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Housing Authority of Florence operates 758 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Housing Authority of Florence public housing units range from studio apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 7% studio apartments, 30% 1 bedroom apartments, 20% 2 bedroom apartments, 34% 3 bedroom apartments, 8% 4 bedroom apartments and 2% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Housing Authority of Florence’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 749 out of a total 758 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 1.19%.

Family Type

Of the 664 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 68 (10.24%) were elderly, 596 (89.76%) were non-elderly, 232 (34.94%) were disabled, 363 (54.67%) contained children and 351 (52.86%) 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 Housing Authority of Florence's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Housing Authority of Florence’s public housing developments is $266.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $192. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $213. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $426. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $217.

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 Housing Authority of Florence portfolio, 93% of households identified as Black, 7% identified as White, and 1% 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 Housing Authority of Florence properties, 461 were Extremely Low Income, 186 were Very Low Income, 74 were Low Income and 22 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Housing Authority of Florence properties is $12,921. Of all public housing residents, 0% have no income and 8% earn more than $25,000 while 92% 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 Housing Authority of Florence public housing 45% have wage income, 66% have welfare income, 48% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 28% have other income and 0% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 749 households containing 1,686 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 2.3.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 54.67% of households included children. Across all household members in Housing Authority of Florence public houins units 16.8% are aged zero to five and 25.8% are aged 6 to 17.

9.8% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 47.6% 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 Housing Authority of Florence public housing communities. 22.83% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 11.35% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 65.82% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of Florence administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 12 projects which contain 754 affordable rental units. It also administers 772 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of Florence is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 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 Housing Authority of Florence between Public Housing Units (49%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (51%) to that of all housing authorities in South Carolina, Housing Authority of Florence 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 South Carolina.

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, Housing Authority of Florence scored an average of 101 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 104 in 2002 and a low score of 96 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in South Carolina is 81.31.

Housing Authority of Florence 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 (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Housing Authority of Florence manages 10 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 85. The scores for properties managed by Housing Authority of Florence range from a high of 96 to a low of 77.

The highest scoring property in the Housing Authority of Florence portfolio is Waverly and the lowest scoring property is Parkview Plaza.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Housing Authority of Florence 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 Housing Authority of Florence.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 7/19/12 Plan
2011 8/26/11 Plan
2010 8/30/10 Plan
2008 7/23/08 Plan
2007 7/31/07 Plan
2006 8/18/06 Plan
2005 8/30/05 Plan
2004 9/1/04 Plan
2003 10/9/03 Plan
2002 9/1/04 Plan
2000 10/10/00 Plan