Rock Hill Housing Authority
Wilson
Rock Hill, York County, SC

803-324-3060 http://rhha.org/

Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Closed

The Rock Hill Housing Authority (SC) has now closed their Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program waiting list; it was open for one day, May 7, 2015 from 9 am to 2 pm.


Pre-applications needed to be picked up at the 467 South Wilson Street office from April 6th until May 6th.  

Preferences were for income eligible families or individuals with working income* who are not currently receiving housing assistance.  The housing authority will only receive applications from non-assisted families who are :
  • elderly or near-elderly (age 50 and over)
  • permanently disabled [head-of-household or spouse]
  • Veterans of U. S. Military service
  • families who are working a minimum of 20 hours per week for at least minimum wage. 
* Working income includes benefits for those unable to work due to disability or age; proof of income must be shown (Social Security Administration, pension, VA benefits or 4 check stubs.)


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 Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

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


The RHHA offers three Public Housing communities with 369 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply, visit the RHHA on the second Wednesday of each month at 8:00 am for an application session. The RHHA is located at 467 S. Wilson St., Rock Hill, SC.

Please note: The application session can last a few hours.

Be sure to bring these documents to the application session: birth certificates, social security cards, photo IDs for all adult household members. All adult household members must be present at the session.

No preferences were noted.

More information can be found by visiting the RHHA website at http://rhha.org, or by calling 803-324-3060 during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Rock Hill Housing Authority operates 369 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Rock Hill Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 8% studio apartments, 25% 1 bedroom apartments, 35% 2 bedroom apartments, 24% 3 bedroom apartments, 7% 4 bedroom apartments and 2% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Rock Hill Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 365 out of a total 369 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 1.08%.

Family Type

Of the 342 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 54 (15.79%) were elderly, 288 (84.21%) were non-elderly, 125 (36.55%) were disabled, 213 (62.28%) contained children and 207 (60.53%) 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 Rock Hill Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Rock Hill Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $265.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $314. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $280. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $561. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $249.

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 Rock Hill Housing Authority portfolio, 79% of households identified as Black, 20% identified as White, and 5% 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 Rock Hill Housing Authority properties, 284 were Extremely Low Income, 66 were Very Low Income, 15 were Low Income and 0 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Rock Hill Housing Authority properties is $11,956. Of all public housing residents, 2% have no income and 7% earn more than $25,000 while 91% 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 Rock Hill Housing Authority public housing 46% have wage income, 18% have welfare income, 45% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 15% have other income and 1% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 365 households containing 852 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, 62.28% of households included children. Across all household members in Rock Hill Housing Authority public houins units 25.9% are aged zero to five and 24.3% are aged 6 to 17.

9.6% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 40.1% 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 Rock Hill Housing Authority public housing communities. 26.58% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 8.22% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 65.2% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Rock Hill Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 3 projects which contain 369 affordable rental units. It also administers 500 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Rock Hill 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 Rock Hill Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (42%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (58%) to that of all housing authorities in South Carolina, Rock Hill 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 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, Rock Hill Housing Authority scored an average of 91 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 96 in 2004 and a low score of 74 in 2007. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in South Carolina is 81.31.

Rock Hill 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 (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.

Rock Hill Housing Authority manages 2 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 94. The scores for properties managed by Rock Hill Housing Authority range from a high of 94 to a low of 94.

The highest scoring property in the Rock Hill Housing Authority portfolio is Boyd Hill Community and the lowest scoring property is Boyd Hill Community.

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

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 10/26/11 Plan
2011 10/26/11 Plan
2010 11/3/09 Plan
2009 10/8/08 Plan
2008 10/22/07 Plan
2007 11/6/06 Plan
2006 10/6/05 Plan
2005 12/1/04 Plan
2004 11/25/03 Plan
2003 1/22/03 Plan
2001 1/10/01 Plan
2000 5/19/00 Plan