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

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

Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Closed

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

All waiting lists are currently closed. There is no notice of when any waiting list will reopen.

AbbevilleLaurens, McCormick and Saluda Counties were each last open for one day in August 2014.

Edgefield, Oconee and Pickens Counties were each last open for one day in September 2014.

The SCRHA1 says on its website that it will inform the public of wait list openings on its home page. 


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Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. One 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. One 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. One’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. One's public housing developments is $25.

The average tenant rent contribution for South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. One’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. One 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. One 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. One 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. One 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. One 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. One 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. One 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. One 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. One 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. One 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. One 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. One 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. One 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. One range from a high of 94 to a low of 88.

The highest scoring property in the South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. One 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. One 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. One.

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