Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer

1515 Fairfax Avenue
Bessemer, Jefferson County, Alabama 35020

Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of July 25th, 2021, Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer serves Bessemer.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer Waiting Lists

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer Phone: (205) 481-4420.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List

As of July 2017, the Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer (HACB) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.

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.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (205)481-4420.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/07/2017.

About Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer

Representatives of Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer may be available by phone at (205) 481-4420. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 07/25/2021, it is not known if Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


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

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer manages 537 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2020:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection VASH
Vouchers 427 1 22 87
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $681 $580 $693 $536
Monthly Cost $290,990 $580 $15,253 $46,622

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 Apartments Operated by Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer

Kate Waller Homes

720 12th St N
Bessemer, Alabama

Sunset Homes

3331 10th Ave N
Bessemer, Alabama

Davis Heights Asbury Howard

2223 Fairfax Ave
Bessemer, Alabama

Braswell Homes

3519 5th Ave N
Bessemer, Alabama

Southside Homes

2301 Carolina Ter
Bessemer, Alabama

Hillside Homes J. I. Cobb

501 35th St S
Bessemer, Alabama

Thompson Manor

1539 Exeter Ave
Bessemer, Alabama