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


Section 8 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.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Chattanooga Housing Authority (CHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

Please note: The waiting list for three-bedroom units is currently closed.

The CHA offers 17 Public Housing communities with 2,873 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply, download the application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed to PO Box 1486, Chattanooga, TN 37401, or hand delivered to any of the management offices that are listed on the last page of the application.

Please note: If you are claiming any preferences, you must submit supporting documents to prove the preference. No other documents are needed at this time.

The CHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: require an apartment with physical features that provide accommodation for applicant household members handicap/disability, require witness protection as requested and documented by a law enforcement entity, have been affected by a federal/sate/local natural disaster, displaced by government action, or have worked consistently for one year.

More information can be found by visiting the CHA website at, or by calling 423-752-4893 during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of May 31, 2015

Chattanooga Housing Authority operates 2,572 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Chattanooga Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 6% studio apartments, 39% 1 bedroom apartments, 37% 2 bedroom apartments, 15% 3 bedroom apartments, 3% 4 bedroom apartments and 1% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Chattanooga Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (May 31, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 2,337 out of a total 2,572 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 9.14%.

Family Type

Of the 1,109 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 140 (12.62%) were elderly, 969 (87.38%) were non-elderly, 647 (58.34%) were disabled, 560 (50.5%) contained children and 886 (79.89%) 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 Chattanooga Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Chattanooga Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $261.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $169. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $197. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $394. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $167.

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 Chattanooga Housing Authority portfolio, 91% of households identified as Black, 9% 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 Chattanooga Housing Authority properties, 1,797 were Extremely Low Income, 387 were Very Low Income, 103 were Low Income and 16 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Chattanooga Housing Authority properties is $9,180. Of all public housing residents, 7% have no income and 4% 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 Chattanooga Housing Authority public housing 30% have wage income, 62% have welfare income, 47% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 22% 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 2,338 households containing 4,370 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 1.9.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 50.5% of households included children. Across all household members in Chattanooga Housing Authority public houins units 18.3% are aged zero to five and 21.8% are aged 6 to 17.

13.1% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 46.8% 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 Chattanooga Housing Authority public housing communities. 30.67% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 11.98% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 57.35% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

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