About Hot Springs Housing Authority

The Hot Springs Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

The Hot Springs Housing Authority serves Hot Springs.

Hot Springs Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Hot Springs Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Hot Springs Housing Authority (HSHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

Hot Springs, AR is about 55 miles southwest of Little Rock, AR.

To apply, visit the HSHA office to pick up a pre-application, located at 1002 Illinois Street, Hot Springs, AR 71901, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm CT, Monday-Friday.

Please note: The pre-application that is on the HSHA website is not the correct document. You must visit the office for the updated pre-application.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

No documents are needed at this time.

The HSHA does not have a preference. 

Applicants are placed on the waiting list by the date and time the pre-application is received.

The current wait time for a voucher is approximately three years.

Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original pre-application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Please contact the housing authority to find out its policy on updating pre-application information.

For more information, visit the HSHA website, or call the office at (501) 624-4420 from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Last Updated on 01/13/2016.

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Hot Springs Housing Authority (HSHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.

The HSHA offers three Public Housing communities with 365 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size from studios to 4 bedrooms.

To apply, visit the HSHA office to pick up a pre-application, located at 1002 Illinois Street, Hot Springs, AR 71901, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm CT, Monday-Friday.

Please note: The pre-application that is on the website is the wrong application. You must visit the office for the updated pre-application.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

No documents are needed at this time.

The HSHA does not have a preference. 

Applicants are placed on the waiting list by the date and time the pre-application is received.

The current wait time for Public Housing is approximately 6 to 12 months.

Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original pre-application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. 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. Please contact the housing authority to find out its policy on updating pre-application information.

For more information, visit the HSHA website, or call the office at (501) 624-4420 from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Last Updated on 01/21/2016.


About the Hot Springs Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Hot Springs Housing Authority manages 602 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 600 2
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $363 $576
Monthly Cost $218,045 $1,152

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Hot Springs 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 32% having issued approximately 18 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 4 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 15 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $12,495 per year. 91% of households were very low income (VLI) and 57% were extremely low income (ELI). 31% 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 67% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

6% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 55% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 16% 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.

48% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 45% of households with children have a female head of household. 82% of all households were headed by a female.

46% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 43% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Hot Springs Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 24% include at least one person with a disability. 42% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 80% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

26% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 42% with 2 bedrooms and 32% 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 Hot Springs Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $348 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $470. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $161.



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.