About Scottsdale Housing Authority

The Scottsdale Housing Authority is a Section 8 Public Housing Agency in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Scottsdale Housing Authority serves Scottsdale.

Scottsdale Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Scottsdale, Arizona Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Soon


The Scottsdale Housing Agency (SHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon, from October 2, 2017 at 8:00 am, until October 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm MT. It was last open in August 2015.

Please note:

  • The waiting list will not be open the day of October 8, 2017.
  • Although Arizona is in the Mountain Time Zone, most areas of the state do not participate in Daylight Savings Time. So, these hours are the same as the Pacific Time Zone.

There will be two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Complete an application in person at an address to be given at a later time.

The SHA is currently in the planning stages of this opening, and more information will be provided soon.

For more information, visit the SHA website, or call the office at (480) 312-7717


  • What: Scottsdale Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Opening
  • When: October 2nd, 2017 at 08:00 AM MT - October 13th, 2017 at 05:00 PM MT
  • How To Apply:
    • Online Application available here.
    • In Person Application at
      a location to be named at a later date.
  • Reasonable Accommodation: Applicants who need help completing the application due to age or disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority at a point of contact to be named at a later date.
  • Preferences For: Preferences Unconfirmed.

  • A waiting list with preferences means that applicants who qualify for the preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of the preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance. Learn More About Preferences.

Last Updated on 08/16/2017.

About the Scottsdale Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Scottsdale Housing Authority manages 671 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 628 1 17 17
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $592 $967 $531 $834
Monthly Cost $371,727 $967 $9,034 $14,176

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Scottsdale 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 79 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 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 20 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.9 persons and has a household income of $12,783 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 68% were extremely low income (ELI). 18% of households had wages as a major source of income, 0% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 76% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

0% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 35% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 37% 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.

28% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 24% of households with children have a female head of household. 78% of all households were headed by a female.

40% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 25% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Scottsdale Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 34% include at least one person with a disability. 54% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 68% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

47% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 37% with 2 bedrooms and 16% with 3 or more bedrooms. 16% 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 Scottsdale Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $355 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $645. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $126.

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.