Bluefield Housing Authority
1600 Hill Avenue
Bluefield, Mercer County, WV

304-325-9653 http://www.bluefieldhousing.com/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Bluefield Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 22nd, 2015.

The Bluefield Housing Authority (BHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.


Once the application has been submitted, you must hand deliver or mail these documents to the BHA: birth certificates, social security cards, and declaration form for each family member. 

The BHA is located at 1600 Hill Ave., Bluefield, WV 24701, and open between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The mailing address for the BHA is PO Box 1475, Bluefield, WV 24701.

Please note: If you do not submit these documents, your application will not be placed on the waiting list.

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More information can be found by visiting the BHA website at http://www.bluefieldhousing.com, or by calling (304) 325-9653, between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Bluefield Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update July 10th, 2015.

The Bluefield Housing Authority (BHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.


The BHA offers one Public Housing community with 163 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.


Once the application has been submitted, you must hand deliver or mail these documents to the BHA: birth certificates, social security cards, and declaration form for each family member. 

The BHA is located at 1600 Hill Ave., Bluefield, WV 24701, and is open from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Its mailing address is PO Box 1475, Bluefield, WV 24701.

Please note: If you do not submit these documents, your application will not be placed on the waiting list.

No preferences were noted.

More information can be found by visiting the BHA website at http://www.bluefieldhousing.com, or by calling (304) 325-9653 from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Bluefield Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 163 affordable rental units. It also administers 424 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Bluefield 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 Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Bluefield Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (28%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (72%) to that of all housing authorities in West Virginia, Bluefield 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 West 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, Bluefield Housing Authority scored an average of 90 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2003 and a low score of 70 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in West Virginia is 75.58.

Bluefield Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average West 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 Bluefield Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 7/18/12 Plan
2011 6/16/11 Plan
2010 6/30/10 Plan
2009 6/23/09 Plan
2008 6/13/08 Plan
2007 7/30/07 Plan
2006 6/16/06 Plan
2005 9/9/05 Plan
2004 7/23/04 Plan
2002 6/27/02 Plan
2001 6/29/01 Plan
2000 12/6/00 Plan