Jackson Housing Authority
125 Preston Street
Jackson, Madison County, TN

731-422-1671 http://jacksonha.com/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

The Jackson Housing Authority (JHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. The waiting list was open for one day only, in April 2015. There is no notice of when it will reopen.

Applications were accepted online only 

If you need to make a change to your Section 8 Application, please look for "Change of Information" on the Section 8 Pre-Application form located on the HA website (http://jacksonha.com/section-8/); this must be brought or mailed to the HA office (address listed above). Failure to submit changes to your application would result in denial for housing assistance.

Waiting List information:

  • The Housing Authority doesn't give a status or position number for your housing application submission. 
  • No response to the letter deadline given when your name approaches the top of the waiting list will result in the Jackson Housing Authority assuming you are no longer interested in receiving housing assistance; you will be taken off the waiting list. 

There were no preferences. How the waiting list will be selected is not known at this time.

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 Jackson Housing Authority (JHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The JHA offers 13 Public housing communities with 802 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
  1. Visit the JHA to pick up an application, located at 125 Preston Street, Jackson, TN 38301 during normal office hours.
  2. Download the 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.

No preferences were noted.

More information can be found by visiting the JHA website, or by calling (731) 422-1671 during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Jackson Housing Authority operates 810 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Jackson Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 6% studio apartments, 27% 1 bedroom apartments, 49% 2 bedroom apartments, 14% 3 bedroom apartments, 3% 4 bedroom apartments and 1% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Jackson Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 783 out of a total 810 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 3.33%.

Family Type

Of the 651 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 31 (4.76%) were elderly, 620 (95.24%) were non-elderly, 182 (27.96%) were disabled, 406 (62.37%) contained children and 388 (59.6%) 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 Jackson Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Jackson Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $263.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $156. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $181. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $363. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $158.

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 Jackson Housing Authority portfolio, 94% of households identified as Black, 6% 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 Jackson Housing Authority properties, 538 were Extremely Low Income, 178 were Very Low Income, 64 were Low Income and 4 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Jackson Housing Authority properties is $10,162. Of all public housing residents, 3% have no income and 6% earn more than $25,000 while 91% 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 Jackson Housing Authority public housing 35% have wage income, 59% have welfare income, 43% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 33% have other income and 0% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 784 households containing 1,642 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, 62.37% of households included children. Across all household members in Jackson Housing Authority public houins units 22.5% are aged zero to five and 21.8% are aged 6 to 17.

10.6% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 44.9% 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 Jackson Housing Authority public housing communities. 39.54% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 15.56% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 44.9% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Jackson Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 13 projects which contain 802 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,419 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Jackson Housing Authority 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 Jackson Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (36%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (64%) to that of all housing authorities in Tennessee, Jackson 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 (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, Jackson Housing Authority scored an average of 90 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2009 and a low score of 68 in 2005. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Tennessee is 81.92.

Jackson Housing Authority has an average score that is more 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 (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.

Jackson Housing Authority manages 8 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 85. The scores for properties managed by Jackson Housing Authority range from a high of 95 to a low of 69.

The highest scoring property in the Jackson Housing Authority portfolio is McMillan Towers and the lowest scoring property is Lincoln Courts.

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

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 8/12/10 Plan
2009 7/29/09 Plan
2008 8/12/10 Plan
2007 7/25/07 Plan
2006 8/2/06 Plan
2005 7/25/05 Plan
2004 8/5/04 Plan
2003 7/3/03 Plan
2002 1/5/03 Plan
2001 8/28/01 Plan
2000 9/7/00 Plan