Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission
1805 W. Fulton St., Suite 101
Rapid City, Pennington County, SD

605-394-5350 http://www.pchrc.com/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

The Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission (PCHRC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.


Pennington County, SD is about 60 miles east of Rapid City, SD.

There are two ways to apply:
  1. Visit the PHRC to pick up an application, located at 1805 West Fulton St., Suite 101, Rapid City, SD 57702, from 7:30 am until 4:30 pm MDT, Monday-Friday.
  2. Download the online application here, then print and complete.
Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. 

No documents are needed at this time.

The PHRC does have a preference for: elderly, disabled, working families, and veterans.

More information can be found by visiting the PHRC website at http://www.pchrc.com, or by calling 605-394-5350, from 7:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Pennington Housing and Redevelopment Commission (PHRC) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.


The PHRC offers four Public Housing communities with 500 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
  1. Visit the PHRC office to pick up a pre-application, located at 1805 West Fulton St., Suite 101, Rapid City, SD 57702, from 7:30 am until 4:30 pm MDT, Monday-Friday.
  2. Download the online pre-application here, then print and complete.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. 

No documents are needed at this time.

The PHRC does have a preference for: elderly, disabled, working families, and veterans.

For more information, visit the PHRC website, or call the PHRC office at (605) 394-5350 from 7:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Resident Characteristics
as of May 31, 2015

Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission operates 500 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission public housing units range from studio apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 6% studio apartments, 57% 1 bedroom apartments, 10% 2 bedroom apartments, 23% 3 bedroom apartments and 3% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (May 31, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 494 out of a total 500 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 1.2%.

Family Type

Of the 283 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 88 (31.1%) were elderly, 195 (68.9%) were non-elderly, 262 (92.58%) were disabled, 43 (15.19%) contained children and 132 (46.64%) 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 (May 31, 2015) the minimum rent in Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission’s public housing developments is $302.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $160. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $143. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $287. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $0.

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 Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission portfolio, 2% of households identified as Black, 68% 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 Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission properties, 259 were Extremely Low Income, 154 were Very Low Income, 69 were Low Income and 12 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission properties is $15,099. Of all public housing residents, 4% have no income and 13% earn more than $25,000 while 83% 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 Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission public housing 35% have wage income, 42% have welfare income, 73% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 14% have other income and 1% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (May 31, 2015), there were a total of 494 households containing 1,017 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 2.1.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 15.19% of households included children. Across all household members in Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission public houins units 13.7% are aged zero to five and 25.3% are aged 6 to 17.

17.4% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 43.7% 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 Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission public housing communities. 33.6% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 12.15% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 54.25% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 4 projects which contain 500 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,329 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 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 Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission between Public Housing Units (27%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (73%) to that of all housing authorities in South Dakota, Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission 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 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, Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission 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 2008 and a low score of 81 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in South Dakota is 78.23.

Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission 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.

Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission manages 2 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 87. The scores for properties managed by Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission range from a high of 95 to a low of 78.

The highest scoring property in the Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission portfolio is Jackson Heights/valley V. and the lowest scoring property is Sheridan/queen Heights.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission 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 Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 8/24/12 Plan
2011 2/7/11 Plan
2010 3/22/10 Plan
2008 2/21/08 Plan
2007 2/23/07 Plan
2006 2/24/06 Plan
2005 1/24/05 Plan
2004 2/4/04 Plan
2003 2/10/03 Plan
2002 2/5/02 Plan
2001 2/9/01 Plan
2000 6/7/00 Plan