Cedar Rapids Housing Services Division

101 First St. SE
Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa 52401

Cedar Rapids Housing Services Division is a Public Housing Agency in Cedar Rapids, Iowa that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.

Cedar Rapids Housing Services Division serves Benton County and Linn County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Benton and Linn County, Iowa Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Other Cedar Rapids Housing Services Division Waiting Lists

Closed: Benton and Linn County, Iowa Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Cedar Rapids Housing Services Division (CRHSD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted for one day only on October 14, 2019.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the application at the Veterans Memorial Building.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants were placed on the waiting list.

For more information visit the CRHSD website.

Last Updated on 10/18/2019.

About Cedar Rapids Housing Services Division

More information about Cedar Rapids Housing Services Division can be found on its website at www.cedar-rapids.org/housing.

Representatives of Cedar Rapids Housing Services Division may be available by phone at (319) 286-5872. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/08/2019, it is not known if Cedar Rapids Housing Services Division 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 Cedar Rapids Housing Services Division Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Cedar Rapids Housing Services Division manages 898 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 767 24 12 95
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $396 $1,091 $379 $288
Monthly Cost $303,360 $26,176 $4,546 $27,375

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Cedar Rapids Housing Services Division

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 24% having issued approximately 49 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 11 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 2.3 persons and has a household income of $11,509 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 86% were extremely low income (ELI). 28% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 60% 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, 60% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 13% 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.

51% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 48% of households with children have a female head of household. 79% of all households were headed by a female.

49% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 46% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Cedar Rapids Housing Services Division Housing Choice Voucher program, 24% include at least one person with a disability. 43% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 77% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

36% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 37% with 2 bedrooms and 27% with 3 or more bedrooms. 11% 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 Cedar Rapids Housing Services Division voucher holders in 2016 was $308 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $512. 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.