South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1
460 Church Street
Laurens, Laurens County, SC

864-984-0578 http://www.scrha.net/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

The South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1 (SCRHA1) 
administers individual Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists for the Counties of Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Edgefield, Laurens, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens and Saluda, SC. 


Please read below for specific information on each county:

Saluda County, SC
The SCRHA1 Section 8 waiting list for Saluda County, SC is currently closed. It was last open for one day in September 2015, and prior to that in August 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply, applicants were required to submit an application at the American Legion Building. Pre-applications were only available at that location.

The SCRHA1 identified the following preferences: Elderly (62+), disabled.

Abbeville County, SC
The SCRHA1 Section 8 waiting list for Abbeville County, SC is opening soon, for one day only on September 9, 2015 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm EDT. This waiting list was last open for one day in August 2014.

To apply, submit a pre-application at the City of Abbeville Civic Center, located at 404 North Main Street, Abbeville, SC 29620, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. Pre-applications are only available at that location.

The SCRHA1 has identified the following preferences: Elderly (62+), disabled.

The following documentation of all members of the household is required when submitting your pre-application: Social Security Number, date of birth, income.

McCormick County, SC
The SCRHA1 Section 8 waiting list for McCormick County, SC is opening soon, for one day only on September 10, 2015 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm EDT. This waiting list was last open for one day in August 2014.

To apply, submit a pre-application at Bell Ridge Apartments, located at 101 Charles Place, McCormick, SC 29835 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. Pre-applications are only available at that location.

The SCRHA1 has identified the following preferences: Elderly (62+), disabled.

The following documentation of all members of the household is required when submitting your pre-application: Social Security Number, date of birth, come.

Cherokee County, SC
The SCRHA1 Section 8 waiting list for Cherokee County, SC is opening soon, for one day only on September 14, 2015 from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm EDT.

To apply, submit a pre-application at Alman Street Apartments, located at 308 Alman Street, Jonesville, SC 29353; from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Pre-applications are only available at that location.

The SCRHA1 has identified the following preferences: Elderly (62+), disabled.

The following documentation of all members of the household is required when submitting your pre-application: Social Security Number, date of birth, income.

Anderson County, SC
The SCRHA1 Section 8 waiting list for Anderson County, SC is opening soon, for one day only on September 21, 2015 from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm EDT.

To apply, submit a pre-application at the Anderson Civic Center, located at 3027 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Anderson, SC 29625; from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Pre-applications are only available at that location.

The SCRHA1 has identified the following preferences: Elderly (62+), disabled.

The following documentation of all members of the household is required when submitting your pre-application: Social Security Number, date of birth, income.

Laurens County, SC
The SCRHA1 Section 8 waiting list for Laurens County, SC is opening soon, for one day only on September 22, 2015 from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm EDT. This waiting list was last open for one day in August 2014.

To apply, submit a pre-application at the Laurens City Housing Authority, located at 218 Independence Avenue, Laurens, SC 29360; from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Pre-applications are only available at that location.

The SCRHA1 has identified the following preferences: Elderly (62+), disabled.

The following documentation of all members of the household is required when submitting your pre-application: Social Security Number, date of birth, income.

Edgefield County, SC
The SCRHA1 Section 8 waiting list for Edgefield County, SC is opening soon, for one day only on September 23, 2015 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm EDT. This waiting list was last open for one day in September 2014.

To apply, submit a pre-application at the American Legion Building, located at 108 S. Rudolph St. Saluda, SC 29138, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. Pre-applications are only available at that location.

The SCRHA1 has identified the following preferences: Elderly (62+), disabled.

The following documentation of all members of the household is required when submitting your pre-application: Social Security Number, date of birth, income.

Pickens County, SC
The SCRHA1 Section 8 waiting list for Pickens County, SC is opening soon, for one day only on September 28, 2015 from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm EDT. This waiting list was last open for one day in September 2014.

To apply, submit a pre-application at 417 Tribble Street, Seneca, SC 29678; from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Pre-applications are only available at that location.

The SCRHA1 has identified the following preferences: Elderly (62+), disabled.

The following documentation of all members of the household is required when submitting your pre-application: Social Security Number, date of birth, income.

Oconee County, SC
The SCRHA1 Section 8 waiting list for Oconee County, SC is opening soon, for one day only on September 29, 2015 from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm EDT. This waiting list was last open for one day in September 2014.

To apply, submit a pre-application at 417 Tribble Street, Seneca, SC 29678; from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Pre-applications are only available at that location.

The SCRHA1 has identified the following preferences: Elderly (62+), disabled.

The following documentation of all members of the household is required when submitting your pre-application: Social Security Number, date of birth, income.

For more information, visit the SCRHA1 website, or call the office at (864) 984-0578.


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.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1 operates 1,326 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1 public housing units range from studio apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 2% studio apartments, 23% 1 bedroom apartments, 36% 2 bedroom apartments, 31% 3 bedroom apartments and 9% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 1,282 out of a total 1,326 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 3.32%.

Family Type

Of the 1,155 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 221 (19.13%) were elderly, 934 (80.87%) were non-elderly, 508 (43.98%) were disabled, 512 (44.33%) contained children and 493 (42.68%) 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 South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1's public housing developments is $25.

The average tenant rent contribution for South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1’s public housing developments is $271.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $216. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $292. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $584. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $220.

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 South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1 portfolio, 60% of households identified as Black, 40% 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 South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1 properties, 803 were Extremely Low Income, 293 were Very Low Income, 133 were Low Income and 45 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1 properties is $12,083. Of all public housing residents, 2% have no income and 10% earn more than $25,000 while 88% 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 South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1 public housing 35% have wage income, 3% have welfare income, 55% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 26% 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 1,281 households containing 2,551 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, 44.33% of households included children. Across all household members in South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1 public houins units 15.7% are aged zero to five and 24.5% are aged 6 to 17.

14.4% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 45.4% 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 South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1 public housing communities. 22.56% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 12.41% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 65.03% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1 administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 8 projects which contain 1,323 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,653 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1 is determined to be a Large public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1,250 - 9,999 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1 between Public Housing Units (44%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (56%) to that of all housing authorities in South Carolina, South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1 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, South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1 scored an average of 87 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2004 and a low score of 45 in 2008. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in South Carolina is 81.31.

South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1 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.

South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1 manages 7 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 91. The scores for properties managed by South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1 range from a high of 94 to a low of 88.

The highest scoring property in the South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1 portfolio is Washington Rd Apartments and the lowest scoring property is Second St/sixth St Apartments.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1 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 South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 10/27/11 Plan
2011 10/27/11 Plan
2010 2/3/10 Plan
2008 1/2/08 Plan
2007 11/7/06 Plan
2006 12/15/05 Plan
2005 11/23/04 Plan
2004 10/23/03 Plan
2002 10/23/03 Plan
2001 12/7/00 Plan
2000 5/19/00 Plan