Sumter Housing Authority
15 Caldwell Street
Sumter, Sumter County, SC


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Sumter Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on April 5th, 2016.

Please note: The Sumter Housing Authority covers most areas of Sumter County, SC. Contact the SHA to determine if your desired area is covered by the SHA.

The Sumter Housing Authority (SHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open on a limited basis. This waiting list opened in 2015, and is open indefinitely.
Please note: The SHA has stated that this waiting list is open only for households that are local residents of Sumter County, SC, and either elderly (62+), disabled, or a veteran. 

To apply, complete the pre-application at the SHA office, located at 15 Caldwell St., Sumter SC 29150.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, call the SHA office at (803) 775-4357.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

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

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

The SHA offers three Public Housing communities with 327 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply, visit the SHA to submit an application in person, located at 15 Caldwell St., Sumter, SC, between the hours of 8:30 am until 5:00 pm, Monday-Thursday, and on Fridays from 8:30 am until 1:30 pm.

Be sure to bring a photo ID with you when applying.

The SHA does not have a preference. Qualified applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time received.

For more information, the SHA can be reached by calling (803) 775-4357, between the hours of 8:30 am until 5:00 pm, Monday-Thrusday, and on Fridays from 8:30 am until 1:30 pm.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Sumter Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 3 projects which contain 327 affordable rental units. It also administers 925 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Sumter 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 Sumter Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (26%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (74%) to that of all housing authorities in South Carolina, Sumter Housing Authority 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 (, 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, Sumter Housing Authority scored an average of 82 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 96 in 2003 and a low score of 63 in 2007. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in South Carolina is 81.31.

Sumter 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 (, 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 Sumter Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 11/4/11 Plan
2011 11/4/11 Plan
2010 12/10/09 Plan
2009 1/6/09 Plan
2008 12/6/07 Plan
2007 1/23/07 Plan
2006 12/14/05 Plan
2005 11/29/04 Plan
2004 12/10/03 Plan
2003 2/7/03 Plan
2002 12/10/03 Plan
2001 1/2/01 Plan
2000 7/10/00 Plan