Memphis Housing Authority
700 Adams Avenue
Memphis, Shelby County, TN

901-544-1113 http://memphisha.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Memphis Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on September 10th, 2015.

The Memphis Housing Authority (MHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in 2013. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


In 2013, 10,000 qualified applicants were placed onto the waiting list by random lottery.

As of February 2014, there are more than 10,000 households currently on 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 Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Memphis Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update September 10th, 2015.

The Memphis Housing Authority (MHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for senior/disabled households.


Please note: The family Public Housing waiting list is currently closed.

The MHA offers 48 Public Housing communities with 2,703 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size from studios to 4 bedrooms.

To apply, you must visit one of the following locations on Tuesdays or Thursdays, from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm CT:

  • Jefferson Square is located at 741 Adams Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105. The office can be reached by calling (901) 505-0275 during normal office hours.
  • Barry Towers is located at 255 North Lauderdale St., Memphis, TN 38105. The office can be reached by calling (901) 505-0328 during normal office hours.
  • Paul Borda Towers is located at 21 Neely St., Memphis, TN 38105. The office can be reached by calling (901) 505-0802 during normal office hours.
  • Dr. R. Q. Venson Center is located at 439 Beale St., Memphis, TN 38105. The office can be reached by calling (901) 505-0836 during normal office hours.
  • Kefauver Terrace is located at 7620 Robinson Cove, Memphis, TN 38105. The office can be reached by calling (901) 616-1883 during normal office hours.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to one of the locations listed above, from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm, on Tuesdays or Thursdays only.

No documents are needed at this time.

The MHA does have a preference for applicants that live and/or work in Memphis.

For more information, visit the MHA website, or call the office at (901) 544-1113 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Memphis Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 48 projects which contain 2,703 affordable rental units. It also administers 6,809 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Memphis 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 Memphis Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (28%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (72%) to that of all housing authorities in Tennessee, Memphis 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, Memphis Housing Authority scored an average of 81 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 93 in 2009 and a low score of 67 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Tennessee is 81.92.

Memphis 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 (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

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 Memphis Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 5/24/12 Plan
2011 6/29/11 Plan
2010 1/26/11 Plan
2009 10/27/09 Plan
2008 7/10/08 Plan
2007 5/24/07 Plan
2006 5/5/06 Plan
2005 6/10/05 Plan
2004 6/9/04 Plan
2003 4/30/03 Plan
2002 1/5/03 Plan
2001 6/27/01 Plan
2000 11/14/00 Plan