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


Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Open

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.

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)

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 (, 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


Public Housing Projects


Public Housing Units


Section 8 Vouchers

Medium Low (250 - 499)

Public Housing Size

Medium High (500 - 1,249)

Section 8 Size


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