About Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer

The Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Bessemer, Alabama.

The Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer serves Bessemer.

Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

The Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer (HACB) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.

The HACB offers eight Public Housing communities with 1,194 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size rom studios to 5 bedrooms.

To apply, visit the HACB office to pick up a pre-application, located at 1515 Fairfax Ave, Bessemer, AL 35020, from 7:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, from 8:00 am until 3:30 pm, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.

Be sure to include these documents with the pre-application: Social Security Cards and birth certificates for all household members, proof of all income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

The HACB does have a local preference and the staff will go over them with you when you return the pre-application.

For more information, visit the HACB website, or call the office at (205) 481-4420 from 7:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

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Last Updated on 12/18/2015.


About the Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer manages 553 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 453 1 29 4 66
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $615 $513 $837 $806 $504
Monthly Cost $278,370 $513 $24,287 $3,222 $33,232

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 14% having issued approximately 38 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 31 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.7 persons and has a household income of $13,129 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 69% were extremely low income (ELI). 34% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 61% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 67% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 7% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, -1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

63% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 61% of households with children have a female head of household. 88% of all households were headed by a female.

98% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 97% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer Housing Choice Voucher program, 15% include at least one person with a disability. 33% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 68% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

10% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 58% with 3 or more bedrooms. 27% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer voucher holders in 2016 was $318 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $684. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $222.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


Public Housing Operated by Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer

720 12th St N
Kate Waller Homes is a 136 unit low income housing apartment community in Bessemer.
3331 10th Ave N
Sunset Homes is a 124 unit low income housing apartment community in Bessemer.
2223 Fairfax Ave
Davis Heights Asbury Howard is a 198 unit low income housing apartment community in Bessemer.
3519 5th Ave N
Braswell Homes is a 172 unit low income housing apartment community in Bessemer.
2301 Carolina Ter
Southside Homes is a 400 unit low income housing apartment community in Bessemer.

Affordable Apartments near Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer

1500 Exeter Ave
Jess Lanier Manor is a 120 unit low income housing apartment community in Bessemer.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
600 Crumpton Dr SW
Pines Apartments is a 100 unit low income housing apartment community in Bessemer.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
5812 Ellington St
Roosevelt Manor is a 50 unit low income housing apartment community in Bessemer.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance