Kennewick Housing Authority
1915 W. 4th Place
Kennewick, Benton County, WA


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Kennewick Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 20th, 2015.

The Section 8 waiting list is currently closed.

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 Kennewick Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update May 22nd, 2015.

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

This housing authority offers one community for families ranging in size from 1 to 4 bedrooms, and one community dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply for public housing:
1. Visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at 1915 West 4th Place
Kennewick, WA, Monday-Thursday between the hours of 9am and 6pm.
2. Download an application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above. Be sure to include these original documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, Supplemental Security Income award letter (if applicable), and photo IDs for all adult household members.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve you spot on the waiting list: elderly, disabled, veteran, or a victim of domestic violence.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at, or by calling 509-586-8576, Monday-Thursday between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:00 pm.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Kennewick Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 189 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,113 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Kennewick 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 Kennewick Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (15%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (85%) to that of all housing authorities in Washington, Kennewick 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 Washington.

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, Kennewick Housing Authority scored an average of 96 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2004 and a low score of 89 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Washington is 79.80.

Kennewick Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Washington 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 Kennewick Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 5/31/12 Plan
2011 5/31/12 Plan
2010 5/20/10 Plan
2009 6/18/09 Plan
2008 5/21/08 Plan
2007 6/14/07 Plan
2006 5/3/06 Plan
2005 6/22/05 Plan
2004 6/15/04 Plan
2003 6/20/03 Plan
2002 6/26/02 Plan
2001 7/20/01 Plan
2000 9/18/00 Plan