Maricopa County a county in Arizona

This county is served by the Housing Authority of Maricopa County

Housing Authority of Maricopa County
Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on January 20th, 2017

The Housing Authority of Maricopa County (HAMC) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher applications for families and senior/disabled households.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The Section 8 Project-Based Voucher program operates similarly to Public Housing, in which tenants must live in a specific unit to receive housing assistance. For HCV information, please scroll down below the PBV section.

To apply, visit the HAMC website, and scroll down to the section titled "Housing Choice Voucher Waitlist Application Status."

Persons on the waiting list can update application information online here, or contact the HAMC in writing at 8910 N. 78th Avenue, Building D, Peoria, AZ 85345.

For more information, visit the HAMC website, or call the office at (602) 744-4500.

The Housing Authority of Maricopa County (HAMC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for nearly two weeks in January 2017; and prior to that for two days in June 2015, and for three days in June 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed. We have contacted the HAMC, and will update this page when more information becomes available.

4,776 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

Persons on the waiting list can update application information online here, or contact the HAMC in writing at 8910 N. 78th Avenue, Building D, Peoria, AZ 85345.

For more information, visit the HAMC website, or call the office at (602) 744-4500.

Housing Authority of Maricopa County
Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other

The Housing Authority of Maricopa County (HAMC) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications at this time.

The MCHA offers 16 Public Housing communities for families and senior/disabled households.

For more information, visit the HAMC website, or call the office at (602) 744-4500.

Market Overview

Maricopa County is a county in Arizona. The population of Maricopa County, according to the 2010 Census, is 3,817,117. The total number of households in the county is 1,411,583. The average household size for Maricopa County is 2.5. The total number of renter households in the county is 501,263 which means that 35.5% of households are renter households.

Maricopa County’s Federally assisted affordable rental housing stock includes properties financed through the following programs:

Section 8 66 5,372
LIHTC 101 11,214
RD 515 11 305
Section 202 50 3,116
Section 811 23 398
Public Housing 43 3,659
Total 211 19,036
Note: The total does not necessarily equal the sum of each program as some properties may participate in multiple funding programs.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Maricopa County is 90.20. The largest Federally assisted affordable rental community in the county is San Martin Apartments at 384 units and the smallest is Pecan Tree Manor Twnhms Prtshp. at 4 unit(s). 53 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 3,238 units. Of the 19,036 units, 12,806 units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.

Cities with Federally Assisted Projects in Maricopa County

Phoenix 110 10,288
Mesa 19 2,173
Glendale 19 2,014
Gilbert 3 664
Peoria 5 538
Chandler 7 481
Scottsdale 6 417
Avondale 6 414
Surprise 4 326
Tolleson 3 309
Apache Junction 2 268
Guadalupe 4 219
Buckeye 5 211
Wickenburg 5 175
Peoria 1 156
El Mirage 3 140
Youngtown 2 119
Tempe 2 108
Gila Bend 2 60
Aguila 1 50
Goodyear 1 14
Queen Creek 1 8
Sun City West
Sun City
Paradise Valley
New River
Litchfield Park
Fountain Hills
Sun Lakes

Federally Assisted Units By Property

Name Total Units
† This Property is Federally Assisted though Unit Counts are not available from HUD.

Rental Assistance for Tenants in Maricopa County

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties.

In Maricopa County, there are 164 affordable housing properties providing rental assistance to 12,806 very low income households. In addition, Housing Authority of Maricopa County provides 1,562 Section 8 rental vouchers in Maricopa County.

To qualify for most rental assistance programs a renter must earn no more than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). In some cases, rental assistance is reserved for renters earning 30% or less of the AMI. In Maricopa County, to qualify for Section 8 assistance, a renter household containing four persons must earn $31,450 or less. For some targeted rental assistance programs, a renter household of four can’t earn more than $24,300.

It’s important to remember that in many rental assistance programs there are minimum rent regulations requiring assistance recipients to make a minimum payment of between $25 and $50 per month no matter how low their income.

HUD Assistance Income Limits


Income Limits

All affordable housing programs provided by or through the government have maximum income limits to qualify for assistance. These income limits are typically derived from the Area Median Income (AMI), the theoretical family income of the average household in a given geography.

The AMI is updated each year for each geographical area taking into consideration numerous economic indicators. The geographical areas used for establishing the AMI are either Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA’s) or counties.

Maricopa County is in the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ MSA MSA. The 2016 Area Median Income for a family of four in Maricopa County is $62,900.

The income limits used for Section 8, public housing, Low Income Housing Tax Credits. the HOME program and other Federal programs all are derived from the HUD defined AMI.

Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits


Fair Market Rents (FMR)

HUD establishes a Fair Market Rent each year for each Metropolitan Statistical Area in the country. This rent standard is used to establish Payment Standards for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance. HUD establishes FMR’s for 530 MSA’s and 2,045 counties nationwide each fiscal year.

The FMR is largely a statistical derivative of the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) 5 year estimates for 2 bedroom median rent.

Calculating the maximum allowable rents under various subsidy programs is complex and each program has slightly different rules. In the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Project Based Assistance programs, maximum rents a landlord may charge include any tenant paid utility costs.

This utility allowance includes all necessary utilities like water/sewer, trash, heat, electricity or gas. Cable television, telephone, Internet and other non-essential utilities are excluded from this allowance.

In Project Based Section 8 properties, the owner sets the utility allowance after conducting a utility cost analysis. The amount of the allowance is reviewed and approved by HUD. The utility allowance is different for each size dwelling unit.

In the Housing Choice Voucher program, utility allowances are set by the Public Housing Authority (PHA) that administers the program. The PHA sets the allowance based on reasonable utility costs for similar types and sizes of housing units to the unit the voucher holder is renting.

In Section 8 Project Based apartment communities, the maximum rent a tenant may pay is set by the landlord and approved by HUD each year. Initially, the rent charged by the apartment property is limited to the FMR for the area. In some instances, HUD may approve an initial rent of up to 120% of the FMR for the area. Owners may request and HUD may approve annual contract rent increases based on an Annual Adjustment Factor (AAF) determined by local housing and utility costs changes Though contract rents are seldom exactly the same amount as the Fair Market Rent for the area and each Project Based apartment property will have its own contract rent, the FMR can be used as an approximate guide of what maximum contract rents might be.

The amount a Section 8 Project Based tenant will pay is 30% of their adjusted income.

In the Housing Choice Voucher program, the maximum amount the housing authority will pay a landlord is established each year for similar types and sizes of units and is called a Payment Standard. Each housing authority sets its own Payment Standard and usually sets the amount at between 90% and 110% of the Fair Market Rent for the area.

The amount a voucher holder pays for rent, often referred to as a Tenant Contribution, is equal to 30% of their income. If the rental the tenant selects has rent higher than the housing authority Payment Standard, a tenant may pay up to 40% of their income to make up the difference. At least initially, the tenant would not be allowed to pay more than 40% of their income and would have to find a different rental that has a qualifying rent amount.

In Maricopa County, under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, the Housing Authority of Maricopa County might pay a landlord with a two bedroom apartment to rent about $944 minus the utility allowance. Likewise, a renter in Maricopa County with a Section 8 voucher looking to rent a 3 bedroom apartment must find a rental that rents for about $1,374 per month (including the utility allowance). Any amount more than that, the voucher holder could pay the difference as long as they aren’t paying more than 40% of their income. (Note: These rent amounts are approximate since the housing authority’s Payment Standard is likely to be slightly different than HUD’s published FMR. These FMR’s should only be used as a guide. Check with the Housing Authority of Maricopa County for their actual HCV Payment Standard.)

2017 Fair Market Rents

$624 $757 $944 $1,374 $1,594

Fair Market Rent Percentage Change Since 1988

The affordable housing industry has long used the FMR as barometer for local rents. Though the geographic areas FMR’s are based on are broad and there are often wide variations in neighborhood rents throughout an MSA, in general, the FMR is one of the best quick tools one can use to judge housing costs in a place.

We took a look at historic FMR’s in Maricopa County and found that they have risen an average of 2.07% year over year. The first year in our sample is 1985 when the two bedroom FMR was $445. That same 2 bedroom apartment rent had increased to $925 by 2013. In 2002 the two bedroom FMR in Maricopa County saw it’s largest single year increase going up by 11.27%.

It’s also interesting to look at the FMR compared to the Consumer Price Index’s housing index to understand how Maricopa County rents have fluctuated in comparison to the rest of the Nation. The consumer price index grew an average of -0.89% year over year. The two bedroom FMR in Maricopa County has grown faster than the CPI indicating faster than average rent growth in the market.

The largest single year of 2 bedroom FMR growth was in 2002 at 11.27% while the smallest year of growth was 1993 with a 7.17% decrease.




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