Marion Redevelopment & Housing Authority
237 Miller Avenue
Marion, Smyth County, VA


Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Open

The Marion Redevelopment Housing Authority (VA) has opened the waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program; no closing date has been identified.

Marion, VA is approximately 1.5 hours southwest of Roanoke, VA; 4 hours west of Richmond; 2.5 hours northwest of Charlotte, NC; and 3.5 hours northwest of Winston-Salem, NC.

Pre-applications are being accepted online only at

NOTE: You must be able to come to Marion, Virginia to complete the process or you will be removed from the pre-application wait list.

Preferences and how the waiting list will be determined have not been identified at this time.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

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

This housing authority has 238 units in 6 communities, located throughout Marion County. For a full listing of the different communities, please follow this link.

To apply for public housing, please follow this link for the online application.

Once your application has been submitted you will receive a letter or phone call, informing you of the date and time of your interview, to complete the application process, and what you will need to bring with you.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list as: employed, elderly, or disabled.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at The housing authority can also be reached with any questions you may have by calling 276-783-3381, during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Marion Redevelopment & Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 238 affordable rental units. It also administers 246 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Marion Redevelopment & Housing Authority is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Marion Redevelopment & Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (49%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (51%) to that of all housing authorities in Virginia, Marion 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 (, 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, Marion Redevelopment & 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 100 in 2006 and a low score of 0 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Virginia is 72.09.

Marion 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 (, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

As of the last set of publicly available data, Marion Redevelopment & Housing Authority manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 89. To be a passing score, a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. As of the last set of publicly available data, Marion Public Hsg has a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 2014)

Total Tenant Payment Percentages What is Total Tenant Payment?

Tenants in public housing pay rent based on their income. Generally, the Total Tenant Payment (TTP) is 30% of the tenant’s adjusted income. Marion Redevelopment & Housing Authority owns and manages 238 public housing units in 1 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for Marion Redevelopment & Housing Authority is $203.00 compared to the state average of $264.00.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for the state of Virginia ranges from a low of $178.00 to a high of $449.00.

Source Resident Characteristics Report (, 2013)

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 Marion Redevelopment & Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 2/8/10 Plan
2009 2/23/09 Plan
2008 7/3/08 Plan
2007 3/7/07 Plan
2006 3/7/06 Plan
2005 3/21/05 Plan
2004 3/10/04 Plan
2003 2/3/03 Plan
2002 4/10/02 Plan
2001 4/18/01 Plan
2000 6/30/00 Plan

Affordable Apartments in Marion from ApartmentSmart


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Section 8 Vouchers

Small (50 - 249)

Public Housing Size

Small (50 - 249)

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