Wise County Redevelopment and Housing Authority
107 Litchfield Street NW
Coeburn, Wise County, VA

276-395-6104 http://www.wcrha.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Wise County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on August 31st, 2016.

The Wise County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (WCRHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. It opened in October 2014, and is open indefinitely.


There are two ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the pre-application online here.
  2. Pick up a pre-application at the WCRHA office, located at 107 Litchfield Street NW, Coeburn, VA 24230.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be mailed to:

PO Box 630
107 Litchfield Street NW
Coeburn, Virginia 24230

Copies of the following documentation is required of all members of the household: Picture ID (if 18+), birth certificate, Social Security Card, DD 214 (if a veteran), income verification (if applicable).

For more information, visit the WCRHA website, or call the office at (276) 395-6104.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Wise County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update May 22nd, 2015.

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


This housing authority has 11 communities located throughout Wise County. For a complete listing please follow this link.

To apply for public housing, you can stop by their office to pick up an application, located at 
P.O. Box 630, 107 Litchfield St., NW, Coeburn, VA 24230, during normal office hours.

Once your application has been completed it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list as: live/work in Wise, disabled, veteran, elderly, or family.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at www.wcrha.org, or by calling them during normal office hours at 276-395-6104.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Wise County Redevelopment and Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 6 projects which contain 192 affordable rental units. It also administers 758 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Wise County Redevelopment and 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 Medium High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Wise County Redevelopment and Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (20%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (80%) to that of all housing authorities in Virginia, Wise County Redevelopment and 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 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, Wise County Redevelopment and Housing Authority scored an average of 95 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2001 and a low score of 73 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Virginia is 72.09.

Wise County Redevelopment and 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)

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 Wise County Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 7/29/10 Plan
2009 11/24/09 Plan
2008 10/30/08 Plan
2007 10/12/07 Plan
2005 9/16/05 Plan
2003 7/28/03 Plan
2002 9/21/02 Plan
2001 10/1/01 Plan
2000 10/5/00 Plan