Phoenix a city in Maricopa County, Arizona

This city is served by the City of Phoenix Housing Department

City of Phoenix Housing Department
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 August 29th, 2016

The City of Phoenix Housing Department (CPHD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for 12 days in August 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

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

Once the application has been completed, it was recommended to print a copy of your application as a receipt.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Referred by law enforcement agency for witness protection or other safety concerns; displaced by city action; referred by various community organizations or divisions of local government which are under Memorandum of Understanding, Memorandum of Agreement, or Contract in accordance with program regulation; live, work or have been hired to work in Phoenix; working families. Further explanation of each preference can be found on the public notice here.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the CPHD website, or call the office at (602) 262-6794.

City of Phoenix Housing Department
Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenOpen

The City of Phoenix Housing Department (CPHD) is currently accepting Public Housing and Scattered Site waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.


The CPHD offers four Public Housing communities for families, five Public Housing communities for senior/disabled households, and more than 400 Scattered Site properties.

The Fillmore Gardens waiting list for senior/disabled households is currently open for 1 bedroom units.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online pre-application here.
  2. Download and print the pre-application online here.
The Maryvale Parkway Terrace waiting list for senior/disabled households is currently open for 1 bedroom units.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online pre-application here.
  2. Download and print the pre-application online here.
The Sunnyslope Manor waiting list for senior households is currently open for 1 bedroom units.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online pre-application here.
  2. Download and print the pre-application online here.
The Washington Manor waiting list for senior/disabled households is currently open for 1 bedroom units.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online pre-application here.
  2. Download and print the pre-application online here.
The Pine Tower waiting list for senior/disabled households is currently open for studios and 1 bedroom units.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online pre-application here.
  2. Download and print the pre-application online here.
The Pine Tower waiting list for senior/disabled households is currently open for studios and 1 bedroom units.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online pre-application here.
  2. Download and print the pre-application online here.
The Luke Krohn waiting list for families is currently open for 1-5 bedroom units.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online pre-application here.
  2. Download and print the pre-application online here.
The Sidney P. Osborn waiting list for families is currently open for 1-5 bedroom units.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online pre-application here.
  2. Download and print the pre-application online here.
The Scattered Sites waiting list is currently open for 3-5 bedroom units.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online pre-application here.
  2. Download and print the pre-application online here.
Once the paper pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the community you want to reside at. The address of each community can be found here.

Please note: Once your online pre-application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation number. Please print it out or write it down for future reference.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.

Persons placed on the waiting list can update their application information with this form. Once the form has been completed, it must be returned to the property where you have applied.

For more information, visit the CPHD website, or call the office at (602) 262-6794 during normal office hours.

Market Overview

Phoenix is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona. The population of Phoenix, according to the 2010 Census, is 1,445,632. The total number of households in the city is 514,806. The average household size for Phoenix is 2.53. The total number of renter households in the city is 218,064 which means that 42.4% of households are renter households.

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

ProgramPropertiesUnits
Section 8 40 3,380
LIHTC 49 5,577
Section 202 26 1,555
Section 811 15 262
Public Housing 8 296
Total 110 10,288
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 Phoenix is 93.50. The largest Federally assisted affordable rental community in the city is Sunset Ranch at 352 units and the smallest is Toby House IV at 8 unit(s). 26 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 1,555 units. Of the 10,288 units, 5,493 units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.

Federally Assisted Units By Property

Name Total Units
Century Pacific Apartments L.p. 116
Columbia Group Ltd. 160
Casa De Paz III 32
Casa D 22
Casa De Paz Sahuaro 40
Fillmore Courtyard Apartments 24
Hong Lok 42
Myrtle Manor Apartments 44
Ocotillo Apartments 173
Paradise Valley Baptist Retirement Center 126
Casa De Paz IV Sunland 80
Plazas De Merced 25
Franmar Manor 78
Casa Madrid Apartments 70
Syl Mar Apartments Bond 267
McDowell East Apartments 76
Desert Crest Retirement Home 114
Fillmore Place Apartments 85
Heather Ridge
Campaige Place 300
Toby House III 24
Toby House VI 22
Morningside Villa 50
Roosevelt Plaza 100
Westward Ho Apartments 289
Christian Care Manor II 47
Tanner Gardens 127
Valley of The Sun School 6 23
Valley of The Sun School Prop 20
Christian Care Manor III 43
Roeser Village 80
St. Mary's Manor 41
Lemon Grove Apartments 84
Bella Vista Aka California Sunrise Villas 200
Valley of The Sun Schools Prop One 25
Peoria Place 14
Glenbrook Terrace Apartments 264
Fillmore Gardens 120
Villa De Confianza 10
Liberty Cove Apartments 264
Kivel Manor East 73
Toby House IV 8
Las Gardenias Bond 300
Tanner Manor Apartments 110
Christian Care Manor I 96
Legacy Bungalows Capital Mews Apartments 200
Whispering Palms Apartments 21
Stone Creek Village 40
Vineyard Estates 144
Toby House 5 16
Palm Oasis Apartments 157
Hill N' Dell Homes 140
Paradise Palms Senior Housing 104
Pinecrest Apartments Aka Park Glen Aka Hunter's Glen 264
Posada Vallarta 336
Urban League Manor 152
Casa Mia 64
Grant Park Apartments 52
Kivel Manor West 118
Mihalic's Project 10
Paradise Palms II Bond 110
Camelot Casitas 8
South Mountain Terrace 55
Hong Ning House of Phoenix 58
Toby House VIII 21
Matthew Henson Apartments - Phase I 198
Roosevelt East Apartments 80
Sunrise Vista Apartments 196
Valley of The Sun Four 17
Casa Blanca Apartments 80
Casa Nueva Apartments 64
Roosevelt Historic Housing 48
Village Square Apartments 116
Oasis West Apartments Camelback West 100
Baseline Point General Corp. 300
Villa Agave 9
Memorial Senior Citizens Towers 153
Crystal Pointe 191
Indigo Pointe 72
Pointe Del Sol 150
Sunset Ranch 352
† This Property is Federally Assisted though Unit Counts are not available from HUD.

Rental Assistance for Tenants in Phoenix

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 Phoenix, there are 74 affordable housing properties providing rental assistance to 5,493 very low income households. In addition, City of Phoenix Housing Department provides 6,276 Section 8 rental vouchers in Phoenix.

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 Phoenix, 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

Persons
1234
$22,050$25,200$28,350$31,450
Persons
1234
$13,200$16,020$20,160$24,300

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.

Phoenix is in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ MSA. The 2016 Area Median Income for a family of four in Phoenix 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

Persons
1234
$26,460$30,240$34,020$37,740
Persons
1234
$22,050$25,200$28,350$31,450

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 Phoenix, under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, the City of Phoenix Housing Department might pay a landlord with a two bedroom apartment to rent about $944 minus the utility allowance. Likewise, a renter in Phoenix 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 City of Phoenix Housing Department for their actual HCV Payment Standard.)

2017 Fair Market Rents

Bedrooms
01234
$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 Phoenix 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 Phoenix 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 Phoenix 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 Phoenix 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.

1,445,632

Population

2.53

Average Household Size

593,280

Total Renters

218,064

Renter Households

514,806

Total Households

Renter
(75th percentile)

Renters or Owners

42.4%

% of Renter Households

$861

Median Rent

$52,251

Median Family Income

47.8%

Renters Overburdened

10.02%

Households in 60-80% AMI Range

10,288

Federally Assisted Units

110

Federally Assisted Projects

49/5,577

Tax Credit Projects/Units

40/3,380

Section 8 Projects/Units

26/1,555

Section 202 Projects/Units

15/262

Section 811 Projects/Units

26/1,555

Senior Projects/Units

5,493

Units with Project Based Rent Subsidy

93.5

Average Units Per Property

$2,619,774,000/year

Gross Rent Paid By All Renters

16.3%

Renters with No Vehicle

13.5%

Renters Below Poverty Level

10.6%

Renters Who Taxi, Bike, or Walk to Work

2.5%

Renters Who Use Public Transit to Work

40.2%

Renters With Children

28,025

Vacant Units For Rent

11.4%

Vacancy Rate

12.1%

Units With Utilities Included In Rent

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