About Fresno Housing Authority

The Fresno Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Fresno, California.

The Fresno Housing Authority serves Fresno County, Fresno, Mendota, Huron, Selma, Reedley, Firebaugh, Fowler, San Joaquin, Kingsburg, Parlier, Sanger, Kerman, Clovis, Orange Cove, Coalinga, Del Rey, Riverdale, Auberry, Big Creek, Biola, Bowles, Calwa, Cantua Creek, Caruthers, Centerville, Easton, Fort Washington, Friant, Lanare, Laton, Malaga, Mayfair, Minkler, Monmouth, Old Fig Garden, Raisin City, Shaver Lake, Squaw Valley, Sunnyside, Tarpey Village, Three Rocks, Tranquillity and West Park.

The Fresno Housing Authority and the Fresno County Housing Authority serve Fresno County together as the Fresno Housing Authority.

Fresno Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Fresno County, California Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Fresno Housing Authority (FHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher is currently closed to the general public. It was last open for two weeks in June 2017; and prior to that in July 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen, but the FHA estimated Spring 2018 in its public notice for the prior waiting list opening.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

    This waiting list had the following preferences: Live or work in the City or County of Fresno, US veteran, elderly, disabled. 

    After applying, applicants received a confirmation number.

    Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences. When funding is available, applications will be randomly drawn through the end of the year, with a final drawing in December 2017. Applications not selected will be terminated, and those applicants may reapply when the waiting list reopens (which may be in Spring 2018).

    For more information, visit the FHA website, or call the office at (559) 443-8400.

    Last Updated on 06/20/2017.

    Fresno County, California Section 8 PBV Waiting List Project Based Voucher Waiting List: Closed

    The Fresno Housing Authority (FHA) is not accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list pre-applications at this time. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

    For more information, visit the FHA website, or call the office at (559) 443-8400.


    IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

    Last Updated on 06/07/2017.


    About the Fresno Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

    As of the most recent VMS report, Fresno Housing Authority manages 6,977 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

    Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
    Vouchers 6,287 2 160 57 51 300 65
    Monthly Cost Per Voucher $515 $539 $683 $591 $848 $429 $420
    Monthly Cost $3,238,393 $1,078 $109,340 $33,695 $43,223 $128,688 $27,296

    Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Fresno 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 13% having issued approximately 562 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 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 25 months on the waiting list1.

    Income Characteristics

    According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.9 persons and has a household income of $12,653 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 29% of households had wages as a major source of income, 23% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 46% 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, 59% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 15% 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.

    56% of households included children, 14% of which had two adults in the household. 48% of households with children have a female head of household. 77% of all households were headed by a female.

    85% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 32% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

    Of all households participating in the Fresno Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 16% include at least one person with a disability. 27% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 86% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

    Bedroom Size and Overhousing

    27% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 41% with 2 bedrooms and 32% with 3 or more bedrooms. 15% 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 Fresno Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $359 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $578. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $97.



    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 Fresno Housing Authority

    1132 W North Ave
    Fresno, California
    Yosemite Village is a 182 unit low income housing apartment community in Fresno.
    Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
    Public Housing
    915 Mayor Ave
    Fresno, California
    Fairview Heights Terrace is a 251 unit low income housing apartment community in Fresno.
    Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
    Public Housing
    4250 W North Ave
    Fresno, California
    Cedar Courts is a 233 unit low income housing apartment community in Fresno.
    Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
    Public Housing
    912 W California Ct
    Fresno, California
    Yosemite Village - Phase 2 is a 69 unit low income housing apartment community in Fresno.
    Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
    Public Housing
    2134 N Fresno St
    Fresno, California
    Parc Grove Commons II is a 215 unit low income housing apartment community in Fresno.
    Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
    Public Housing