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Jefferson County Housing Authority

3700 Industrial Parkway
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama 35217

Jefferson County Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.

Jefferson County Housing Authority serves Jefferson County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Jefferson County, Alabama Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Warrior Public Housing Closed
Fultondale Public Housing Closed
Bessemer Public Housing Closed
Senior (55+) Housing Closed

Other Jefferson County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Jefferson County Housing Authority Website: https://www.jcha.com/.

Jefferson County Housing Authority Phone: (205) 849-0123.

COVID-19 Update: Affordable Housing Online has not yet confirmed if this waiting list is still open. As of April 3, 2020, the Jefferson County Housing Authority website says:

"At the present time, all of our office are closed to the public. We are accepting correspondence via phone, email, fax or regular mail."

More information can be found here.

Closed: Jefferson County, Alabama Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Jefferson County Housing Authority (JCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for four days in March, 2019. 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.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Live, Work, or Attend School Locally, Displaced by Government Action, Displaced by Natural Disaster.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the JCHA Housing Choice Voucher Program page here, or visit the JCHA website here.

Last Updated on 05/18/2019.

Closed: Warrior Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Jefferson County Housing Authority (JCHA) Warrior Public Housing waiting list for apartments at Dixie Manor, Faucett Homes, Northeast Jefferson Villa, Chelsea Gardens, and Warrior Courts is currently closed. Applications are being accepted from March 26, 2020, until an unconfirmed close date.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Pick up an application at the JCHA Warrior Office.
  2. Download and print the application online.

Once the paper application was completed, applicants were required to call the JCHA to make an appointment to bring the application back for processing.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Catastrophic involuntary displacement
  • Adult household member is enrolled in an employment training program, or head of household is currently working 30 hours per week or more
  • Elderly under the definition verified by the Social Security Administration
  • Disabled under the definition verified by the Social Security Administration
  • These preferences apply only to specific units:
    • Near-elderly families over other families for units designed for elderly/disabled (this preference only applies to designated properties)
    • For one bedroom/efficiency units; elderly, disabled families and displaced persons over single persons.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received and the number on the completed application, weighed  by order of preferences.

For more information, read the JCHA public notice, visit the JCHA Apply for Housing page, or visit the JCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the JCHA, as of August 13, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Warrior, Alabama. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Last Updated on 08/13/2020.

Closed: Fultondale Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

A Jefferson County Housing Authority (JCHA) Fultondale Public Housing waiting list for apartments at Brookside Village, Fultondale Village, Hickory Grove, and Red Hollow is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from July 14, 2020, until 100 applications were received. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Pick up a paper application from the Jefferson County Housing Authority Fultondale Office.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants were placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the JCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the JCHA, as of August 13, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Fultondale, Alabama. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Last Updated on 08/13/2020.

Closed: Bessemer Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Jefferson County Housing Authority (JCHA) Bessemer Public Housing waiting list for apartments at Terrace Manor I and II and Oak Ridge is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from October 12, 2020 until October 22, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

The following communities are in Bessemer:

  • Terrace Manor I: 1,2 and 3 Bedrooms
  • Terrace Manor II: 3 bedrooms
  • Oak Ridge Community: 1,2 and 3 Bedrooms

There were two ways to apply during the opening period: 

  1. Print the online paper application.
  2. Pick up an application from the JCHA Bessemer Office.

Once the application has been completed, it was returned to the JCHA Bessemer Office.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Preference (up front): The following preference is available to qualifying families at this time
    • Catastrophic Involuntary Displacement 
    • Applicants with an adult member enrolled in an employment training program or applicants who would be heads of households currently working 30 hours per week or more. 
    • A person defined as elderly or disabled under the definition of verified by the Social security Administration.
  • Special Circumstance Preference: These preferences apply only to specific units: 
    • Near-elderly families over other families for units designed for elderly/disabled (this preference only applies to designated properties) 
    • For one bedroom/efficiency units; elderly, disabled families and displaced persons over single persons.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received and the number on the completed application, weighed by order of preferences.

This waiting list was originally scheduled to close on January 31, 2021, but the website was updated to state that it closed on October 22, 2020.

For more information, visit the JCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the JCHA public notice, as of October 23, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Bessemer, Alabama. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Last Updated on 10/23/2020.

Closed: Senior (55+) Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Senior Waiting List

The Jefferson County Housing Authority (JCHA) Senior (55+) Housing waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the JCHA Senior Housing page here.

Last Updated on 01/15/2019.

About Jefferson County Housing Authority

More information about Jefferson County Housing Authority can be found on its website at https://www.jcha.com/.

Representatives of Jefferson County Housing Authority may be available by phone at (205) 849-0123. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of October 31st, 2020, it is not known if Jefferson County Housing Authority is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 04/11/2019, Jefferson County Housing Authority is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program

More information about the JCHA Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program can be found here.

 

Public Housing Program

More information about the JCHA Public Housing Program can be found here.


About the Jefferson County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Jefferson County Housing Authority manages 1,990 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, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,666 20 70 3 10 54 167
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $623 $465 $783 $558 $778 $495 $563
Monthly Cost $1,038,257 $9,296 $54,813 $1,673 $7,780 $26,730 $94,099

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Jefferson County Housing Authority

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 7% having issued approximately 301 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 29 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $12,787 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 32% 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 65% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 64% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 15% 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.

57% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 56% of households with children have a female head of household. 90% of all households were headed by a female.

92% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 92% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Jefferson County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 20% include at least one person with a disability. 35% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 67% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

14% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 54% with 3 or more bedrooms. 28% 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 Jefferson County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $313 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $690. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $226.



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 Jefferson County Housing Authority

Brookside Village

2172 Walker Chapel Cir
Brookside, Alabama
Family & Senior

Warrior Chelsea Bradford Trafford

201 Willow St
Warrior, Alabama

Terrace Manor I & ll

4603 Little Dr
Bessemer, Alabama
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Jcha Scattered Site

309 81st St S
Birmingham, Alabama

Oakridge

4462 Oak Ridge Circle
Bessemer, Alabama
Family & Senior

Fultondale Village

2100 Stoney Brook Lane
Fultondale, Alabama
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Family & Senior

Hickory Grove

101 Hickory Grove Drive
Birmingham, Alabama
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Family & Senior

Red Hollow

100 Valley Court
Birmingham, Alabama
Call For Rent
2-4 BR
Family & Senior