City of Mesa Housing Authority

200 South Center Street
Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona 85210

City of Mesa Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Family Self-Sufficiency, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), and Homeownership programs. As of August 16th, 2022, City of Mesa Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

City of Mesa Housing Authority offers Project-Based Voucher Housing and Section 8 Housing rental assistance in Mesa.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Mesa, Arizona Housing Choice Voucher Open Soon
Escobedo at Verde Vista and La Mesita Apartments LP Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice

Open City of Mesa Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Soon: Mesa, Arizona Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The City of Mesa Housing Authority (CMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon

The CMHA will accept applications for this waiting list from August 17, 2022 at 10:00 am, until August 30, 2022 at 5:00 pm MT.

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

Please note: There is free computer access available at the following locations listed here.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Chronically Homeless
  • Current resident of Mesa or a person who is currently working or hired to work in the City of Mesa.

4,000 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the CMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the CMHA public notice on July 26, 2022.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance in Mesa, Arizona.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via the City of Mesa Housing at (480) 644-5831 or hcvwaitinglist@mesaaz.gov. A “Reasonable Accommodation” request form will be taken over the phone at any time beginning 10:00 am on August 17, 2022, and before 5:00 pm on August 28, 2022.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/26/2022.

Open Until Further Notice: Escobedo at Verde Vista and La Mesita Apartments LP Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

A City of Mesa Housing Authority (CMHA) waiting list for Project Based Voucher apartments at Escobedo at Verde Vista and La Mesita Apartments LP is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least April 2020, until further notice.

This opening is for the following communities:

  • Escobedo at Verde Vista, 435 N Hibbert, Mesa, AZ 85201
  • La Mesita Apartments LP, 2254 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201

Please note: To be eligible for this wait list you must meet the following qualifications:

  • CHRONICALLY HOMELESS per the definition: “An individual and/or family who has experienced at least two episodes of shelter living (emergency and/or transitional housing) and has a substantiated need for long term case management and supportive services.”
  • One of these: 1) Elderly family or individual, 2) Disabled family or individual, or 3) Family needing supportive services

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 CMHA website.

    Sources: This information was verified by the CMHA, as of April 14, 2020.

    Service Area

    This waiting list is for Project-Based Voucher rental assistance in Mesa, Arizona.

    Reasonable Accommodation

    Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (480) 644-3536.

    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 03/24/2022.

    About City of Mesa Housing Authority

    More information about City of Mesa Housing Authority can be found on its website at https://www.mesaaz.gov/residents/housing.

    Representatives of City of Mesa Housing Authority may be available by phone at (480) 644-3536. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

    HCV Portability Status

    As of August 16th, 2022, it is not known if City of Mesa Housing Authority is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    As of 04/16/2019, City of Mesa Housing Authority is billing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


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

    As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, City of Mesa Housing Authority manages 1,585 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

    The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2021:

    Standard Homeownership Family Unification Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
    Vouchers 1,264 5 25 22 153 116
    Monthly Cost Per Voucher $777 $576 $1,045 $942 $684 $706
    Monthly Cost $982,755 $2,882 $26,127 $20,723 $104,696 $81,874

    Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for City of Mesa 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 12% having issued approximately 142 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 30 months on the waiting list1.

    Income Characteristics

    According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $12,185 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 24% 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 67% 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, 48% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 23% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

    41% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 38% of households with children have a female head of household. 76% of all households were headed by a female.

    56% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 30% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

    Of all households participating in the City of Mesa Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 25% include at least one person with a disability. 43% 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

    40% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 37% with 2 bedrooms and 23% with 3 or more bedrooms. 15% 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 City of Mesa Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $334 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $737. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $137.



    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.


    Low Income Housing Managed by City of Mesa Housing Authority

    La Mesita Apartments Phase 3

    2245 W. Ella St
    Mesa, Arizona
    Call For Rent
    Studio-2 BR

    Escobedo at Verde Vista

    450 N HIBBERT
    Mesa, Arizona
    Call For Rent
    1-3 BR