Montgomery Housing Authority

525 S Lawrence St
Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama 36104

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

Montgomery Housing Authority serves Autauga County, Elmore County and Montgomery County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Montgomery Housing Authority Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Autauga, Elmore and Montgomery County, Alabama Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Montgomery Housing Authority 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.

Montgomery Housing Authority Website: https://mhatoday.org/.

Montgomery Housing Authority Phone: (334) 206-7200.

COVID-19 Update:

As of February 15, 2021, the MHA website states "For the safety of residents, staff and visitors, all Montgomery Housing Authority site offices will be closed to all traffic for the foreseeable future."

more information is available here.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Montgomery Housing Authority (MHA) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted from March 22, 2021 until further notice.

Please note: The MHA public notice states that the application is available on "www.mhatoday.org" but as of 11:00 am, the online application does not list a Public Housing waiting list.

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

This waiting list may have any of the following preferences:

  • Disabled
  • Enrolled in an accredited education, employment or job training program
  • Over 62 years of age
  • Working 30 hours per week or more for the past 12 months
  • Working 30 hours per week or more
  • Smiley Court involuntarily displacement

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

For more information, visit the MHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MHA Facebook page on March 3, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Autauga, Elmore and Montgomery County, 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 (334) 206-7259.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 03/23/2021.

Other Montgomery Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Autauga, Elmore and Montgomery County, Alabama Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Montgomery Housing Authority (MHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from March 16, 2021 until March 23, 2021. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  1. The MHA will offer a preference to any family that has been terminated from its MCV program due to insufficient program funding.
  2. The MHA will offer a preference to families that include victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking who have either been referred by a partnering service agency or consortia or is seeking an emergency transfer under VAWA from the MHA’s public housing program or other covered housing program operated by the MHA.

1,500 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

For more information, visit the MHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MHA on February 15, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Autauga, Elmore and Montgomery County, Alabama.

Last Updated on 03/24/2021.

About Montgomery Housing Authority

More information about Montgomery Housing Authority can be found on its website at https://mhatoday.org/.

Representatives of Montgomery Housing Authority may be available by phone at (334) 206-7200. 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 Montgomery Housing Authority 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 Montgomery Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Montgomery Housing Authority manages 3,044 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 Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,446 11 326 32 161 55
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $567 $474 $493 $494 $377 $494
Monthly Cost $1,386,416 $5,219 $160,661 $15,818 $60,689 $27,180

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Montgomery 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 8% having issued approximately 345 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 6 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 19 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 $13,319 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 66% were extremely low income (ELI). 42% 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 55% 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, 74% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 16% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 7% 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.

67% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 66% of households with children have a female head of household. 93% of all households were headed by a female.

99% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 96% of all heads of households being Black and 3% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Montgomery Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 12% include at least one person with a disability. 20% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 73% 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, 30% with 2 bedrooms and 60% 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 Montgomery Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $355 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $583. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $202.



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 Montgomery Housing Authority

Gibbs Village

2001 Terminal Rd
Montgomery, Alabama

Richardson Terrace

1301 Adams Ave
Montgomery, Alabama

Cleveland Court

930 Rosa L Parks Ave
Montgomery, Alabama

Paterson Court

802 S Union St
Montgomery, Alabama

Gibbs Village

1801 Gibbs Cir
Montgomery, Alabama

Smiley Court

4040 N Smiley Cir
Montgomery, Alabama