Chattanooga Housing Authority
801 N. Holtzclaw Ave
Chattanooga, Hamilton County, TN


PLEASE HELP US HELP YOU: Click the "Vote Now" Button Below!

We're growing fast! We now serve over 1 million users each month who are searching for affordable housing assistance. Help us continue growing by voting for us in Chase Bank's Mission Main Street Grants contest. If we win the $100,000, we'll add 4 new positions that will allow us to provide even more housing assistance data and serve another million users. Vote now please!

Mission Main Street Grants

Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Closed

UPDATE: CHA expects to open the list again in approximately 18 months (1.5 years) or earlier. If you were not selected in February 2015, you will need to reapply when the waiting list opens again.

The Waiting List Results for the January 26th opening are available through the CHA website here:

The Chattanooga Housing Authority last opened its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program waiting list for one day on January 26, 2015 from 12:01AM EST to 11:59PM EST.

According to CHA's announcement for this Section 8 waiting list opening, it created a NEW list.  This seems to mean that they will be starting over so if you think you are on the waiting list, you may not be.

This opening was a random lottery where 1,000 applicants will be chosen by random and added to the new waiting list.  Any applications not chosen by random to be added will be deleted. The housing authority had 250 vouchers available.

Applications were taken only online.  You could not obtain paper applications from the housing authority.

This opening was unique because the Chattanooga Housing Authority required applicants to have a Google Gmail account.

Since it was a random lottery, there was no advantage to applying first.  Anyone that applied during the application window stood an equal chance of being added to the waiting list.

At noon on February 2, 2015 the CHA will post in its website a list of 1,000 waiting list applicants (using unique identifier of first and last initial and last 4 of social security number).  If your unique identifier does not appear in that list on February 2, 2015, this means you were not selected in the random lottery and will not be added to the waiting list.

Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Chattanooga Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 17 projects which contain 2,873 affordable rental units. It also administers 3,568 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Chattanooga Housing Authority is determined to be a Large public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1,250 - 9,999 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 Chattanooga Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (45%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (55%) to that of all housing authorities in Tennessee, Chattanooga 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 Tennessee.

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, Chattanooga Housing Authority scored an average of 76 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 97 in 2008 and a low score of 62 in 2003. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Tennessee is 81.92.

Chattanooga Housing Authority has an average score that is less than the average Tennessee 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.

Chattanooga Housing Authority manages 12 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 Chattanooga Housing Authority range from a high of 98 to a low of 69.

The highest scoring property in the Chattanooga Housing Authority portfolio is The Oaks At Camden and the lowest scoring property is Scattered Sites.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Chattanooga Housing Authority have 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 Chattanooga Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 11/30/11 Plan
2011 11/15/10 Plan
2010 1/5/10 Plan
2009 12/23/08 Plan
2008 11/14/07 Plan
2007 12/19/06 Plan
2006 3/13/06 Plan
2005 7/27/05 Plan
2004 1/23/04 Plan
2003 12/12/02 Plan
2002 3/21/02 Plan
2001 6/12/01 Plan
2000 6/8/00 Plan


Public Housing Projects


Public Housing Units


Section 8 Vouchers

Large (1,250 - 9,999)

Public Housing Size

Large (1,250 - 9,999)

Section 8 Size


Program Type

Find More in Chattanooga

Search Nearby Housing Authorities

Find More in Hamilton County

Search Nearby Housing Authorities

Find More in Tennessee

Search Nearby Housing Authorities