About Searcy Housing Authority

The Searcy Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Searcy, Arkansas.

The Searcy Housing Authority serves Searcy.

Searcy Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

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

The SHA offers one Public Housing community with 148 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size from studios to 4 bedrooms.

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 there preferences, it is likely applicants who do qualify will have a long wait to receive assistance, or will not receive assistance from this office.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Visit the SHA office to pick up a pre-application, located at 501 S Fir St., Searcy, AR 72143, from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm CT, Monday-Friday.
  2. Request to have a pre-application mailed to you by calling (501) 268-8547, from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

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

The SHA does have a preference for: Working families.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 SHA office at (501) 268-8547 from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Summary

  • What: Searcy Housing Authority Public Housing Opening
  • Preferences For: Working/Employed.

  • 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 01/21/2016.


About the Searcy Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Searcy Housing Authority manages 108 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard
Vouchers 108
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $287
Monthly Cost $30,976

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Searcy 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 12% having issued approximately 9 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 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 8 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 $11,754 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 68% 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 76% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 52% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

46% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 44% of households with children have a female head of household. 91% of all households were headed by a female.

54% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 54% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Searcy Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 25% include at least one person with a disability. 46% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 32% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

29% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 42% with 2 bedrooms and 28% 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 Searcy Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $302 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $358. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $101.



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.


Affordable Apartments near Searcy Housing Authority

605 Chrisp Ave
Country Square Apartments is a 40 unit low income housing apartment community in Searcy.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
17 Christopher Cir
Christopher Homes Inc is a 414 unit low income housing apartment community in Searcy.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units
2 Mary Lou Dr
White County Group Home is a 17 unit low income housing apartment community in Searcy.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units