Murfreesboro Housing Authority
415 North Maple Street
Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, TN


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Murfreesboro Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on August 29th, 2016.

Please note: The Murfreesboro Housing Authority covers Rutherford County, TN.

The Murfreesboro Housing Authority (MHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for five days in August 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Elderly or disabled persons who are residents of Rutherford County, resident of Rutherford County, employed in Rutherford County or surrounding counties, displaced by government action or federally declared disaster, applicants who do not qualify for any of the mentioned preferences and are not currently in subsidized housing.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the MHA website, or call the office at (615) 893-9414.

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 Murfreesboro Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update August 19th, 2016.

The Murfreesboro Housing Authority (MHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications.

Please note: Only the 2-5 bedroom waiting lists are currently open.

The MHA offers one Public Housing community with 329 units.

There are two ways to apply:
  1. Visit the MHA to pick up a pre-application, located at 415 N. Maple Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130, during normal office hours.
  2. Download the online pre-application here, then print and complete.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed, hand delivered, or put in the drop box outside of the office at the address listed above. 

No documents are needed at this time.

The MHA does have a preference for: Working families and adult full time students.

For more information, visit the MHA website, or call the office at (615) 893-9414 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Murfreesboro Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 329 affordable rental units. It also administers 634 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Murfreesboro Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Murfreesboro Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (34%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (66%) to that of all housing authorities in Tennessee, Murfreesboro 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, Murfreesboro Housing Authority scored an average of 101 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 104 in 2002 and a low score of 85 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Tennessee is 81.92.

Murfreesboro 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 (, 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 Murfreesboro Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 2/8/12 Plan
2011 2/28/11 Plan
2010 2/16/10 Plan
2009 2/23/09 Plan
2008 1/28/08 Plan
2007 1/29/07 Plan
2006 2/8/06 Plan
2005 3/22/05 Plan
2004 2/3/04 Plan
2003 2/28/03 Plan
2002 2/25/02 Plan
2001 3/20/01 Plan
2000 4/12/00 Plan