Mobile Housing Board

151 S Claiborne St
Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama 36602

Mobile Housing Board is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of July 29th, 2021, Mobile Housing Board has 4 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Mobile Housing Board serves Mobile.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Downtown Renaissance Senior Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Gulf Village Homes 2, 3, 4 and 5-Bedroom Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Emerson Gardens Senior Living Open Until Further Notice
Central Plaza Towers and Downtown Renaissance Senior Living Open Until Further Notice
Mobile, Alabama Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Oaklawn Homes Public Housing Closed
Orange Grove Homes Public Housing Closed
Renaissance Gardens Public Housing Closed
The Renaissance Public Housing Closed
Gulf Village Homes 1-Bedroom Public Housing Closed
Thomas James Place and RV Taylor Plaza Public Housing Closed
Frank W. Boykin Tower Senior Living Closed

Open Mobile Housing Board 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.

Mobile Housing Board Website: https://www.mobilehousing.org/.

Mobile Housing Board Phone: (251) 434-2200.

Open Until Further Notice: Downtown Renaissance Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Mobile Housing Board (MHB) Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for apartments at Downtown Renaissance is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least April, 2021, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here. Select the "DTR PBV - Senior Citizens" waiting list.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

For more information, visit the MHB website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Mobile, Alabama.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (251) 434-2200.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 04/27/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Gulf Village Homes 2, 3, 4 and 5-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Mobile Housing Board (MHB) Public Housing waiting list for 2, 3, 4 and 5-Bedroom apartments at Gulf Village Homes is currently open. Applications are being accepted from April 19, 2021, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Elderly/Disabled Person
  • FSS Participant
  • Homeless Persons
  • Involuntary Displacement
  • Live or Work in Mobile
  • Substandard Housing/Overcrowded
  • Victim Of Domestic Violence

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

For more information, visit the MHB website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MHB on April 27, 2021.

Service Area

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

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (251) 434-2285.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/08/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Emerson Gardens Senior Living Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Mobile Housing Board (MHB) Senior Living waiting list for apartments at Emerson Gardens is currently open. Applications are being accepted from February 1, 2021 at 8:00 am CT, until further notice.

  •  Emerson Gardens, is located at 759 Palmetto St. Mobile, Alabama  36602.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the MHB website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MHB on April 6, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Mobile, Alabama.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (251) 434-2293.

Last Updated on 04/13/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Central Plaza Towers and Downtown Renaissance Senior Living Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Mobile Housing Board (MHB) Senior Living waiting list for apartments at Central Plaza Towers and Downtown Renaissance is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least April 2021, until further notice.

  • Central Plaza Towers, is located at 300 Bayshore Ave. Mobile, Alabama  36607.
  • Downtown Renaissance, is located at 350 Bloodgood St. Mobile, Alabama  36603.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the MHB website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MHB on April 6, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Mobile, Alabama.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (251) 434-2290.

Last Updated on 04/27/2021.

Other Mobile Housing Board Waiting Lists

Closed: Mobile, Alabama Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Mobile Housing Board (MHB) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for six days in April 2018; and before that for four days in June 2014. 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: Displaced due to MHB re-positioning, displaced by natural disaster, displaced due to insufficient HCV funding, elderly, disabled.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences. Applicants may check their status on or after April 11, 2018.

For more information, visit the MHB website, or call the office at (251) 434-2200

Last Updated on 05/30/2018.

Closed: Oaklawn Homes Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Mobile Housing Board (MHB) Public Housing waiting list for 2 and 3-Bedroom apartments at Oaklawn Homes is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from February 1, 2021 at 8:00 am CT, until May 3, 2021.

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

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Elderly/Disabled Person
  • FSS Participant
  • Homeless Persons
  • Involuntary Displacement: Displaced due to government, city, or MHB action (does not include lease termination or eviction) or displaced due to a federally declared disaster and is a current Public Housing or Housing Choice Voucher participant in another jurisdiction. Written verification required.
  • Live or Work in Mobile
  • Substandard Housing/Overcrowded
  • Victim Of Domestic Violence

It was not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the MHB website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MHB on April 6, 2021.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 05/03/2021.

Closed: Orange Grove Homes Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Mobile Housing Board (MHB) Public Housing waiting list for 2 and 3-Bedroom apartments at Orange Grove Homes is currently closed. Applications were last accepted on May 3, 2021. 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:

  • Elderly/Disabled Person
  • FSS Participant
  • Homeless Persons
  • Involuntary Displacement: Displaced due to government, city, or MHB action (does not include lease termination or eviction) or displaced due to a federally declared disaster and is a current Public Housing or Housing Choice Voucher participant in another jurisdiction. Written verification required.
  • Live or Work in Mobile
  • Substandard Housing/Overcrowded
  • Victim Of Domestic Violence

It was not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the MHB website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MHB on April 6, 2021.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 05/03/2021.

Closed: Renaissance Gardens Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Mobile Housing Board (MHB) Public Housing waiting list for 2 and 3-Bedroom apartments at Renaissance Gardens is currently closed. Applications were last accepted on May 3, 2021. 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:

  • Elderly/Disabled Person
  • FSS Participant
  • Homeless Persons
  • Involuntary Displacement: Displaced due to government, city, or MHB action (does not include lease termination or eviction) or displaced due to a federally declared disaster and is a current Public Housing or Housing Choice Voucher participant in another jurisdiction. Written verification required.
  • Live or Work in Mobile
  • Substandard Housing/Overcrowded
  • Victim Of Domestic Violence

It was not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the MHB website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MHB on April 6, 2021.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 05/03/2021.

Closed: The Renaissance Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Mobile Housing Board (MHB) Public Housing waiting list for 1, 2 and 3-Bedroom apartments at The Renaissance is currently closed. Applications were last accepted on May 3, 2021. 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:

  • Elderly/Disabled Person
  • FSS Participant
  • Homeless Persons
  • Involuntary Displacement: Displaced due to government, city, or MHB action (does not include lease termination or eviction) or displaced due to a federally declared disaster and is a current Public Housing or Housing Choice Voucher participant in another jurisdiction. Written verification required.
  • Live or Work in Mobile
  • Substandard Housing/Overcrowded
  • Victim Of Domestic Violence

It was not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the MHB website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MHB on April 6, 2021.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 05/03/2021.

Closed: Gulf Village Homes 1-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Mobile Housing Board (MHB) Public Housing waiting list for 1-Bedroom apartments at Gulf Village Homes is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from April 19, 2021, until May 3, 2021. 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:

  • Elderly/Disabled Person
  • FSS Participant
  • Homeless Persons
  • Involuntary Displacement
  • Live or Work in Mobile
  • Substandard Housing/Overcrowded
  • Victim Of Domestic Violence

It was not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the MHB website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MHB on April 27, 2021.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 06/08/2021.

Closed: Thomas James Place and RV Taylor Plaza Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Mobile Housing Board (MHB) Public Housing waiting list for apartments at Thomas James Place and RV Taylor Plaza is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the MHB website.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 04/27/2021.

Closed: Frank W. Boykin Tower Senior Living Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Mobile Housing Board (MHB) Senior Living waiting list for apartments at Frank W. Boykin Tower is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the MHB website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Mobile, Alabama.

Last Updated on 07/17/2020.

About Mobile Housing Board

More information about Mobile Housing Board can be found on its website at https://www.mobilehousing.org/.

Representatives of Mobile Housing Board may be available by phone at (251) 434-2200. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status online at https://mobile.apply4housing.com/status.

How To Update Your Application

Visit this web page here.

Office Hours

Open today from 8:00am to 4:30pm CT.

Day Hours
Monday 8:00am-4:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am-4:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am-4:30pm
Thursday 8:00am-4:30pm
Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
HCV Portability Status

As of 07/29/2021, it is not known if Mobile Housing Board 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 Mobile Housing Board Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Mobile Housing Board manages 3,789 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 Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 3,341 8 33 147 39 55 82
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $614 $534 $738 $587 $898 $457 $517
Monthly Cost $2,050,059 $4,272 $24,352 $86,244 $35,033 $25,141 $42,432

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Mobile Housing Board

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 15% having issued approximately 214 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 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 41 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.8 persons and has a household income of $11,742 per year. 89% of households were very low income (VLI) and 64% were extremely low income (ELI). 43% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 53% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

5% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 69% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 16% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 10% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 0% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

66% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 64% of households with children have a female head of household. 93% of all households were headed by a female.

95% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 95% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Mobile Housing Board Housing Choice Voucher program, 16% include at least one person with a disability. 25% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 81% 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 53% with 3 or more bedrooms. 24% 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 Mobile Housing Board voucher holders in 2016 was $292 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $544. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $168.



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 Mobile Housing Board

Oaklawn Homes

1010 Baltimore St
Mobile, Alabama

Central Plaza Towers

304 Bay Shore Ave
Mobile, Alabama
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR

Frank W Boykin Towers

1600 Michigan Ave
Mobile, Alabama

Downtown Renaissance I Lp

350 Bloodgood St
Mobile, Alabama

Orange Grove Homes

200 Bloodgood St
Mobile, Alabama

Roger Williams Homes

359 Simington Dr
Mobile, Alabama

Thomas James Place

1525 Albatross Dr
Mobile, Alabama

Gulf Village

108 N Fairport Dr
Mobile, Alabama

Josephine Allen Homes

1900 E Franklin Dr
Mobile, Alabama

R V Taylor Plaza

1367 S Ann St
Mobile, Alabama

Emerson Gardens

759 Charleston St
Mobile, Alabama

The Renaissance Family

450 Bloodgood St
Mobile, Alabama