Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority
651 Cardinal Place
Danville, Danville City County, VA

434-799-8380 http://www.drhava.com/

Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Closed

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


Please note: As of July 2015, the Martinsville Redevelopment & Housing Authority transferred its Housing Choice Voucher program to the DRHA. Martinsville, VA is now in the jurisdiction of the DRHA in regards to the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.


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 Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.


This housing authority has 440 units in seven apartment communities, located throughout Danville.

1. Cardinal Village 434-793-1222
651 Cardinal Place, Danville, VA 24541

2. Cedar Terrace 434-793-2516
127 Cedar Place, Danville, VA 24541

3. Ingram Heights 434-792-0303
149 New Ingram Rd., Danville, VA 24541

4. Seeland Crossing 434-792-2908
299 Garfield St., Danville, VA 24541

5. Pleasant View 434-792-0328
101 Pleasant View Ave., Danville, VA 24541

To apply for public housing you must visit one of the communities listed above to pick up an application, they are open 8:00-5:00, Monday-Friday.

Once your application has been completed, it can be hand delivered or mailed to the community you wish to apply to. 

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list as: working, disabled, elderly, victim of domestic violence, and living and/or working in Danville.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://www.drhava.com/.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority operates 482 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 27% 1 bedroom apartments, 47% 2 bedroom apartments, 22% 3 bedroom apartments, 4% 4 bedroom apartments and 1% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 469 out of a total 482 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 2.7%.

Family Type

Of the 442 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 36 (8.14%) were elderly, 406 (91.86%) were non-elderly, 132 (29.86%) were disabled, 246 (55.66%) contained children and 234 (52.94%) 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 Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority's public housing developments is $25.

The average tenant rent contribution for Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $211.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $170. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $231. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $463. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $195.

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 Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority portfolio, 93% 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 Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority properties, 351 were Extremely Low Income, 79 were Very Low Income, 28 were Low Income and 10 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority properties is $9,290. Of all public housing residents, 10% have no income and 6% earn more than $25,000 while 84% 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 Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority public housing 37% have wage income, 59% have welfare income, 40% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 24% have other income and 1% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 469 households containing 1,030 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 2.2.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 55.66% of households included children. Across all household members in Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority public houins units 24.3% are aged zero to five and 23% are aged 6 to 17.

6.3% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 46.4% 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 Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority public housing communities. 22.17% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 14.5% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 63.33% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 8 projects which contain 481 affordable rental units. It also administers 889 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Danville Redevelopment & 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 Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (35%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (65%) to that of all housing authorities in Virginia, Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority has a larger 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 Virginia.

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, Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority scored an average of 94 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2002 and a low score of 79 in 2003. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Virginia is 72.09.

Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Virginia 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.

Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority manages 5 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 83. The scores for properties managed by Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority range from a high of 95 to a low of 72.

The highest scoring property in the Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority portfolio is Seeland Crossing Phase III and the lowest scoring property is Pleasant View.

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

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 12/22/10 Plan
2009 3/22/10 Plan
2008 10/16/08 Plan
2007 10/16/08 Plan
2005 9/13/05 Plan
2003 9/9/03 Plan
2002 9/13/02 Plan
2001 12/18/01 Plan
2000 10/6/00 Plan