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About Housing Authority of the County of Butte

The Housing Authority of the County of Butte is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Chico, California.

The Housing Authority of the County of Butte serves Glenn County, Butte County, Orland, Willows, Hamilton City, Chico, Gridley, Oroville, Paradise, Artois, Bangor, Berry Creek, Biggs, Butte Creek Canyon, Butte Meadows, Butte Valley, Cherokee, Clipper Mills, Cohasset, Concow, Durham, Elk Creek, Forbestown, Forest Ranch, Honcut, Kelly Ridge, Magalia, Nord, Oroville East, Palermo, Rackerby, Richvale, Robinson Mill, South Oroville, Stirling City, Thermalito and Yankee Hill.

Housing Authority of the County of Butte Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Butte County Housing Authority (BCHA) is currentlyaccepting Public Housing waiting list applications. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, download and print the application online here, under the section titled "Public Housing."

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to 2039 Forest Ave, Chico, CA 95298.

For more information, visit the BCHA website, or call the office at (530) 895-4474.

Last Updated on 09/29/2017.

Butte and Glenn County, California Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Housing Authority of the County of Butte (HACB) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two weeks in October 2017; and prior to that for more than two weeks in September 2016, for one month in November 2015, in April 2012, and in 2010. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application. The application was available online only, and in English, Spanish, and Hmong. Only one application per head of household was accepted.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Veteran, displaced by government action, Lease In-Place. Further explanation of each preference can be found here.

1,200 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences. All applicants will be notified of their waiting list status by mail. Waiting list status can also be checked online here.

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the application. It is important to keep that number in a safe and easy to access place.

Persons on the waiting list can update application information by contacting the HACB in writing to 2039 Forest Avenue, Chico CA 95928.

For more information, visit the HACB website, or call the office at (530) 895-4474.

Last Updated on 10/31/2017.

More information about Housing Authority of the County of Butte can be found on its website at http://www.butte-housing.com/.


About the Housing Authority of the County of Butte Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of the County of Butte manages 2,100 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardTenant ProtectionPorted OutVASH
Vouchers1,9382916117
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$466$478$737$474
Monthly Cost$903,725$13,862$11,788$55,431

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the County of Butte

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 14% having issued approximately 154 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 19 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $14,015 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 63% were extremely low income (ELI). 19% of households had wages as a major source of income, 8% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 70% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 45% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 25% 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.

37% of households included children, 11% of which had two adults in the household. 29% of households with children have a female head of household. 72% of all households were headed by a female.

33% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 7% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the County of Butte Housing Choice Voucher program, 31% 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. 78% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

38% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 39% with 2 bedrooms and 23% with 3 or more bedrooms. 19% 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 Housing Authority of the County of Butte voucher holders in 2016 was $364 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $564. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $82.



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.