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City of Tempe Housing Services

21 E. Sixth Street, Suite 214
Tempe, Maricopa County, Arizona 85282

City of Tempe Housing Services is a Public Housing Agency in Tempe, Arizona that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.

City of Tempe Housing Services serves Tempe.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Tempe, Arizona Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Other City of Tempe Housing Services Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some upcoming 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, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response.

City of Tempe Housing Services Website: http://www.tempe.gov/city-hall/community-development/housing-services.

City of Tempe Housing Services Phone: (480) 350-5428.

Closed: Tempe, Arizona Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The City of Tempe Housing Authority (CTHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two weeks in September 2016; and before that for one month from April 2015 until May 2015, and in April 2011. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


Tempe, AZ is about 10 miles east of Phoenix, AZ.


Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.



To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application. Computers, tablets and smart phones may have been used to access the application. The application was available in English and Spanish.


This waiting list has the following preferences: Involuntarily displaced by federal or local government action, homeless in the City of Tempe, reside in the City of Tempe, working or hired to work in City of Tempe, extremely low income households.


Applicants received a confirmation number after submitting their application. It is important to print and keep this information in a safe, easy to access place.


Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.


Persons on the waiting list can update application information online here.  


For more information, visit the CTHA website, or call the office at (480) 350-8950.

Last Updated on 05/16/2018.

About City of Tempe Housing Services

More information about City of Tempe Housing Services can be found on its website at http://www.tempe.gov/city-hall/community-development/housing-services.

Representatives of City of Tempe Housing Services may be available by phone at (480) 350-5428. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 05/26/2020, it is not known if City of Tempe Housing Services 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 City of Tempe Housing Services Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, City of Tempe Housing Services manages 913 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 Family Unification Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 890 1 16 6
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $838 $1,130 $1,139 $591
Monthly Cost $745,563 $1,130 $18,223 $3,546

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for City of Tempe Housing Services

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 6% having issued approximately 140 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 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 29 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.6 persons and has a household income of $12,532 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% 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 59% 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, 55% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 17% 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.

50% of households included children, 9% of which had two adults in the household. 44% of households with children have a female head of household. 79% of all households were headed by a female.

67% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 40% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the City of Tempe Housing Services Housing Choice Voucher program, 21% include at least one person with a disability. 39% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 74% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

32% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 34% with 3 or more bedrooms. 10% 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 Tempe Housing Services voucher holders in 2016 was $330 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $845. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $180.



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.