Housing Authority of the County of Butte

2039 Forest Avenue, Suite #10
Chico, Butte County, California 95928

Housing Authority of the County of Butte is a Public Housing Agency in Chico, California that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of October 17th, 2019, Housing Authority of the County of Butte has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Housing Authority of the County of Butte serves Butte County and Glenn County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Butte and Glenn County, California Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Housing Authority of the County of Butte Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Butte County Housing Authority (BCHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least July, 2019, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, open and print the application online here. Scroll down to the Public Housing section, and select the "Public Housing Application" link.

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

For more information, visit the BCHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (530) 895-4474.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/20/2019.

Other Housing Authority of the County of Butte Waiting Lists

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

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of Butte (HACB) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from July 22, 2019 at 12:00 am, until August 4, 2019 at 12:00 am PT. 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 in English, Espanol, and Hmong.

Once completed, applicants should receive a confirmation number. Keep the number in a safe and easy to access place, as it is needed to check application status. 

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Homeless. To receive a homeless preference, you must provide certification from a Continuum of Care homeless service provider in Butte or Glenn County verifying your homeless status and that you are under case management with that agency.
  • Residency. To receive the residency preference, you must be able to verify that you live in Butte or Glenn County, a family member has a job or is hired to work within Butte or Glenn County, or a family member is enrolled in a Butte or Glenn County institute of higher education.
  • Displaced by the Camp Fire. To receive the displaced preference, you must have been directly displaced by the Camp Fire and issued a FEMA registration number.
  • Veterans. To receive a veterans preference, the household must include a veteran of the United States armed services. The veteran must be able to document a discharge status other than dishonorable.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HACB website.

Last Updated on 09/21/2019.

About Housing Authority of the County of Butte

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

Representatives of Housing Authority of the County of Butte may be available by phone at (530) 895-4474. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

Open today from 9:00am to 5:00pm PT.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 9:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am-5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm
Friday 9:00am-12:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
HCV Portability Status

As of 10/17/2019, it is not known if Housing Authority of the County of Butte is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


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 1,861 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,626 22 105 108
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $517 $516 $1,137 $513
Monthly Cost $839,910 $11,342 $119,341 $55,432

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.


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