About Russellville Housing Authority

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

The Russellville Housing Authority serves Russellville.

Russellville Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

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

The RHA offers one Public Housing community with 182 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size from studios to 3 bedrooms.

To apply, visit the RHA office to pick up a pre-application, located at 115 S Denver Ave., Russellville, AR 72801, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm CT, Monday-Friday.

Once the pre-application has been completed, you must attend the appointment that they gave you when you picked up the pre-application to return it.

Be sure to include these documents with the pre-application: Social Security Cards and birth certificates for all household members, photo IDs for all adult household members, and proof of all income.

The RHA does not have a preference. 

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

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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, call the RHA office at (479) 968-5440 from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Last Updated on 01/22/2016.


About the Russellville Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Russellville Housing Authority manages 143 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection
Vouchers 141 1
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $248 $272
Monthly Cost $35,013 $272

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Russellville 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 25% having issued approximately 6 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 4 years and 1 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 5 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.8 persons and has a household income of $11,104 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 57% were extremely low income (ELI). 21% 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 77% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

5% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 50% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% 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.

31% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 28% of households with children have a female head of household. 79% of all households were headed by a female.

19% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 14% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Russellville Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 38% include at least one person with a disability. 56% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 82% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

42% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 44% with 2 bedrooms and 15% with 3 or more bedrooms. 28% 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 Russellville Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $274 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $398. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $116.



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.