|Housing Authority||Wait List||Sr./Dis.||Other||Wait List|
|Housing Authority of the City of Charleston||Closed||Closed||Not Applicable||Not Open|
|Housing Authority of the City of Columbia||Closed||Closed||Not Applicable||Not Open|
|Spartanburg Housing Authority||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of Greenville||Closed||Closed||Not Applicable||Not Open|
|Housing Authority of Darlington||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Not Open|
|City of Aiken Housing Authority||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|South Carolina Regional Housing Authority 1||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Not Open|
|Housing Authority of Laurens||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Not Open|
|Housing Authority of Abbeville||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of Bennettsville||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of Greer||Closed||Closed||Not Applicable||Not Open|
|Housing Authority of Gaffney||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of Lake City||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of Union||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of Chester||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of Marion||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Rock Hill Housing Authority||Closed||Closed||Not Applicable||Not Open|
|Housing Authority of Sumter||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|SC Regional Housing Authority No 3||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of Conway||Open||Closed||Not Applicable||Open|
|Beaufort Housing Authority||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of Florence||Closed||Closed||Not Applicable||Not Open|
|Housing Authority of Georgetown||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of Hartsville||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Not Open|
|Housing Authority of Greenwood||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of Cheraw||Closed||Closed||Not Applicable||Not Open|
|Housing Authority of Lancaster||Open||Closed||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of Mullins||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of Newberry||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of Fort Mill||Closed||Closed||Not Applicable||Not Open|
|Housing Authority of Anderson||Open||Closed||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of Kingstree||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of Woodruff||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of York||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of McColl||Closed||Closed||Not Applicable||Not Open|
|Housing Authority of Easley||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Charleston Co Hsg & Redev Auth||Closed||Closed||Not Applicable||Not Open|
|Housing Authority of N Charleston||Closed||Closed||Not Applicable||Not Open|
|Marlboro Co Hsg & Redev Authority||Closed||Closed||Not Applicable||Not Open|
|Housing Authority of Atlantic Beach||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Not Open|
|Housing Authority of the City of Cayce||Closed||Closed||Not Applicable||Not Open|
Public housing is the oldest form of Federally assisted housing dating back to Roosevelt's New Deal in the late 1930's. Though the average citizen commonly refers to any government assisted housing as “public housing”, Public Housing is just one Federal housing program among many.
The Public Housing program is managed at the National level by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Federal subsidies provided under the program provide for the development and construction of the housing and the ongoing operations. Any resident in a Public Housing unit has a rent that is determined by their income. The Federal operating subsidy for each property offsets the portion of a resident's rent that is above what they can afford.
Public Housing communities are owned and operated locally by Public Housing Authorities (PHA). There are currently 9,666 Public Housing communities in the United States containing 1,170,246 rental units. These properties are operated by 3,136 different Public Housing Authorities across America.
In South Carolina, 41 Public Housing Authorities operate 15,154 public housing rental units in 151 apartment buildings or communities.
Often, Public Housing is oversubscribed and there aren't enough apartments to serve every low income renter in need. In these cases, a PHA will create a public housing waiting list. Interested renters apply to the housing authority that manages the public housing apartment property they are interested in living in. The renters name is placed on a waiting list and when the next rent subsidized public housing unit comes available, the property manager will select the first name on the waiting list.
In South Carolina, out of 41 housing authorities that operate at least one Public Housing complex, 18 housing authorities do not have even one public housing waiting list open and 23 have at least one of their public housing waiting lists open.