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

803-775-4357

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

The Sumter Housing Authority (SHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. The waiting list was opened in the beginning of 2015 and is open indefinitely


Please note: This waiting list is open only for local residents of Sumter County, SC. 

Further preferences include: elderly, disabled, veteran. Applicants must provide documents proving preference eligibility.

To apply, visit the SHA office in person, located at 15 Caldwell St., Sumter SC 29150. 

Please be aware that some areas of Sumter County, SC, including areas close to Lee County, SC, may not be covered by the SHA. Contact the SHA to determine if your desired area is covered by the SHA.

For more information, visit the SHA office at the address listed above, or call 803-775-4357.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

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.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Sumter Housing Authority operates 327 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Sumter Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 3% studio apartments, 24% 1 bedroom apartments, 33% 2 bedroom apartments, 30% 3 bedroom apartments, 8% 4 bedroom apartments and 2% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Sumter Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 324 out of a total 327 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 0.92%.

Family Type

Of the 310 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 36 (11.61%) were elderly, 274 (88.39%) were non-elderly, 73 (23.55%) were disabled, 216 (69.68%) contained children and 211 (68.06%) 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 Sumter Housing Authority's public housing developments is $25.

The average tenant rent contribution for Sumter Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $203.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $289. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $317. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $633. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $168.

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 Sumter Housing Authority portfolio, 94% of households identified as Black, 6% 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 Sumter Housing Authority properties, 234 were Extremely Low Income, 62 were Very Low Income, 18 were Low Income and 10 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Sumter Housing Authority properties is $10,074. Of all public housing residents, 6% have no income and 5% earn more than $25,000 while 89% 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 Sumter Housing Authority public housing 44% have wage income, 80% have welfare income, 36% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 37% 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 324 households containing 850 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 2.6.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 69.68% of households included children. Across all household members in Sumter Housing Authority public houins units 24.4% are aged zero to five and 29.9% are aged 6 to 17.

6.5% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 39.3% 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 Sumter Housing Authority public housing communities. 39.81% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 10.8% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 49.39% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

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 (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, 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 (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.

As of the last set of publicly available data, Sumter Housing Authority manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 93. To be a passing score, a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. As of the last set of publicly available data, Harmony/friendship/hampt has 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 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