Housing Authority of Lancaster
3502 Caroline Court
Lancaster, Lancaster County, SC

803-285-7214

Section 8 Waiting List Status:

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of Lancaster 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.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

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

The Housing Authority of Lancaster (HAL) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families.


Please note: The one bedroom waiting list is currently closed.

The HAL offers one Public Housing community with 140 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply, visit the HAL to submit an application in person, located at 3502 Caroline Ct, Lancaster, SC 29720, between the hours of 9:00 am until 11:00 am, and 1:30 pm until 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Note: Wednesday does not have afternoon hours.

Be sure to bring these documents with you when applying: birth certificates, social security cards, photo IDs for all adult household members. All adults must be present when applying.

No preferences were noted.

For more information, the HAL can be reached by calling (803) 285-7214, between the hours of 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, and 8:00 am until 12:00 pm on Wednesday.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of Lancaster administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 140 affordable rental units. It also administers 247 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of Lancaster is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 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 Housing Authority of Lancaster between Public Housing Units (36%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (64%) to that of all housing authorities in South Carolina, Housing Authority of Lancaster 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 (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 Lancaster scored an average of 79 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 96 in 2007 and a low score of 64 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in South Carolina is 81.31.

Housing Authority of Lancaster has an average score that is less 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)

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 Lancaster.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 2/8/12 Plan
2011 3/1/11 Plan
2010 7/8/10 Plan
2008 2/19/08 Plan
2007 2/23/07 Plan
2006 3/23/06 Plan
2005 2/4/05 Plan
2004 11/12/04 Plan
2002 11/12/04 Plan
2000 4/1/00 Plan