Aberdeen Housing Authority
2222 3rd Avenue SE
Aberdeen, Brown County, SD

605-225-9095 http://aberdeenhousing.com/index.html

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

The Aberdeen Housing Authority's (Aberdeen, South Dakota) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is open and accepting applications.

Applications must be completed on paper.  Here is a link to the application form:  http://aberdeenhousing.com/documents/Pre-App_014.docx.  Print it out, complete the form and either drop it off at the housing authority office or mail it. Applications can be dropped off Monday thru Thursday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Fridays from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM.  The Aberdeen Housing Authority is at 310 S. Roosevelt Street, Aberdeen, SD 57401.

Applications may also be submitted by email or faxed to (605) 225-8220.

The Aberdeen South Dakota Section 8 waiting list has several local preferences including local residency, elderly/disabled, families, victims of domestic violence and victims of a natural disaster.

The housing authority website has a very good Frequently Asked Questions page with info about their program here:  http://aberdeenhousing.com/faq.html.  The Section 8 Voucher page on the Aberdeen Housing Authority website is also very good here:  http://aberdeenhousing.com/section_8_voucher.html.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Aberdeen Housing Authority (AHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The AHA offers one Public Housing community with 100 units for families and senior/disabled individuals, ranging in size from 1 to 4 bedrooms.

There are two ways to apply:
  1. Download the online pre-application here, then print and complete.
  2. Visit the AHA to pick up a pre-application, located at 310 S. Roosevelt Street, Aberdeen, SD 57401, from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm CDT, Monday-Thursday, and on Fridays from 10:00 am until 2:30 pm.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.  

The AHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: local residency, elderly/disabled, families with children, victims of domestic violence and victims of a natural disaster.

For more information, visit the AHA website, or call the AHA office at (605) 225-9095 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday-Thursday, and on Fridays from 10:00 am until 2:30 pm.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Aberdeen Housing Authority operates 100 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Aberdeen Housing Authority public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 75% 1 bedroom apartments, 5% 2 bedroom apartments, 15% 3 bedroom apartments and 5% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Aberdeen Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 96 out of a total 100 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 4%.

Family Type

Of the 81 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 44 (54.32%) were elderly, 37 (45.68%) were non-elderly, 61 (75.31%) were disabled, 21 (25.93%) contained children and 19 (23.46%) 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 Aberdeen Housing Authority's public housing developments is $25.

The average tenant rent contribution for Aberdeen Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $339.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $143. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $231. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $462. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $532.

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 Aberdeen Housing Authority portfolio, 2% of households identified as Black, 91% identified as White, and 4% 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 Aberdeen Housing Authority properties, 29 were Extremely Low Income, 44 were Very Low Income, 19 were Low Income and 4 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Aberdeen Housing Authority properties is $15,976. Of all public housing residents, 1% have no income and 17% earn more than $25,000 while 82% 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 Aberdeen Housing Authority public housing 26% have wage income, 1% have welfare income, 74% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 18% have other income and 2% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 96 households containing 173 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 1.8.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 25.93% of households included children. Across all household members in Aberdeen Housing Authority public houins units 11.6% are aged zero to five and 24.9% are aged 6 to 17.

35.8% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 27.7% 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 Aberdeen Housing Authority public housing communities. 37.5% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 12.5% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 50% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Aberdeen Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 100 affordable rental units. It also administers 503 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Aberdeen Housing Authority is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 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 Aberdeen Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (17%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (83%) to that of all housing authorities in South Dakota, Aberdeen 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 Dakota.

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, Aberdeen Housing Authority scored an average of 94 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2003 and a low score of 83 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in South Dakota is 78.23.

Aberdeen Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average South Dakota 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, Aberdeen Housing Authority manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 83. 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, The Homestead 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 Aberdeen Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 12/5/11 Plan
2011 12/24/10 Plan
2010 1/19/10 Plan
2008 10/18/07 Plan
2007 10/25/06 Plan
2006 11/4/05 Plan
2005 11/29/04 Plan
2004 12/12/03 Plan
2003 12/23/02 Plan
2002 4/3/02 Plan
2001 2/6/01 Plan
2000 7/21/00 Plan