About Housing Authority of Maricopa County

The Housing Authority of Maricopa County is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Housing Authority of Maricopa County serves Maricopa County, Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, Avondale, Peoria, Wickenburg, Tempe, Chandler, Buckeye, Guadalupe, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Tolleson, Apache Junction, Youngtown, Surprise, El Mirage, Gila Bend, Goodyear and Aguila.

Housing Authority of Maricopa County Waiting Lists

Project-Based Voucher: Open Indefinitely

The Housing Authority of Maricopa County (HAMC) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher applications for families and senior/disabled households.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The Section 8 Project-Based Voucher program operates similarly to Public Housing, in which tenants must live in a specific unit to receive housing assistance.

To apply, visit the HAMC website, and scroll down to the section titled "Housing Choice Voucher Waitlist Application Status."

Persons on the waiting list can update application information online here, or contact the HAMC in writing at 8910 N. 78th Avenue, Building D, Peoria, AZ 85345.

For more information, visit the HAMC website, or call the office at (602) 744-4500.


IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The Section 8 Project-Based Voucher program operates similarly to Public Housing, in which tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site.

Last Updated on 02/01/2017.

Maricopa County, Arizona Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Housing Authority of Maricopa County (HAMC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one month from January 2017 until February 2017; and prior to that for two days in June 2015, and 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.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed. We have contacted the HAMC, and will update this page when more information becomes available.

4,776 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

Persons on the waiting list can update application information online here, or contact the HAMC in writing at 8910 N. 78th Avenue, Building D, Peoria, AZ 85345.

For more information, visit the HAMC website, or call the office at (602) 744-4500.

Last Updated on 02/08/2017.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

The Housing Authority of Maricopa County (HAMC) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications at this time.

The MCHA offers 16 Public Housing communities for families and senior/disabled households.

For more information, visit the HAMC website, or call the office at (602) 744-4500.

Last Updated on 11/13/2015.

Public Housing for Senior and Disabled Waiting List: Closed

The Housing Authority of Maricopa County (HAMC) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications at this time.

The MCHA offers 16 Public Housing communities for families and senior/disabled households.

For more information, visit the HAMC website, or call the office at (602) 744-4500.

Last Updated on 11/13/2015.


About the Housing Authority of Maricopa County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Housing Authority of Maricopa County manages 1,598 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 1,560 38
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $687 $791
Monthly Cost $1,070,969 $30,051

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of Maricopa County

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 9% having issued approximately 164 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 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 34 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 3.1 persons and has a household income of $14,933 per year. 91% of households were very low income (VLI) and 65% were extremely low income (ELI). 29% 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, 59% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 17% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 23% 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.

58% of households included children, 7% of which had two adults in the household. 54% of households with children have a female head of household. 88% of all households were headed by a female.

69% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 42% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of Maricopa County 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. 75% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

15% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 25% with 2 bedrooms and 60% with 3 or more bedrooms. 25% 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 Housing Authority of Maricopa County voucher holders in 2016 was $410 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $833. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $199.



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 Operated by Housing Authority of Maricopa County

525 E Harrison Dr
Rose Terrace II is a 80 unit low income housing apartment community in Avondale.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Avondale.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
2063 W Cocopah St
Coffelt Lamoreaux is a 296 unit low income housing apartment community in Phoenix.
710 W 8th Ave
Clare Feldstadt Homes is a 50 unit low income housing apartment community in Mesa.
512 S 4th St
Norton Oneil Madison is a 143 unit low income housing apartment community in Buckeye.
710 E Via Maria St
Maricopa County Ha is a 45 unit low income housing apartment community in Goodyear.

Affordable Apartments near Housing Authority of Maricopa County

16629 N. Greasewood Street
Bell Mirage Estates is a 60 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 2-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Surprise. Rents at Bell Mirage Estates are $787-795.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Surprise.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
25157 West Belloat Rd
Riverwood Apartments is a 136 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 2-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Buckeye. Rents at Riverwood Apartments are $750-850.
604 West 8th Avenue
Mesa Park Apartments is a 140 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 2-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Mesa. Rents at Mesa Park Apartments are $795-895.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Mesa.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit