Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs

505 S Sixth St
Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa 51501

Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs is a Public Housing Agency in Council Bluffs, Iowa that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of February 17th, 2020, Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs serves Council Bluffs.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Council Bluffs, Iowa Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs (MHACB) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.

The MHACB offers two Public Housing communities with 295 units for families senior/disabled households.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Visit the MHACB to pick up a pre-application, located at 505 S Sixth St., Council Bluffs, IA during normal office hours.
  2. Download a pre-application online here, then print and complete.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to MHACB office, located at 505 South 6th Street, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501, during normal office hours.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

The MHACB does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: Near elderly, elderly, victims of natural disasters, victims of domestic violence, live/work locally, displaced by government action, and disabled.

For more information, the MHACB can be reached by calling (712) 322-1491 during normal office hours.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (712)322-1491.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 08/21/2015.

Other Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs Waiting Lists

Closed: Council Bluffs, Iowa Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

Please note: The Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs covers the city limits of Council Bluffs, IA.
The Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs (MHACB) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day on October 2016, and before that for one day in July 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


Council Bluffs, IA is about 10 miles east of Omaha, NE.


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


This waiting list has the following preferences: Victim of reprisal/hate crime/domestic violence/child abuse, rent burdened, involuntarily displaced, elderly, homeless, disabled, employed, local resident. Further explanation of each preference can be found on page III-10 of the Annual Plan.


Applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, by order of preferences.


Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). 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. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.


For more information, visit the MHACB website, or call the office at (712) 322-1491.

Last Updated on 10/12/2016.

About Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs

More information about Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs can be found on its website at http://mhacb.org/.

Representatives of Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs may be available by phone at (712) 322-1491. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 02/17/2020, it is not known if Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs 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 Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs manages 601 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2019:

Standard Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 575 7 19
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $497 $686 $385
Monthly Cost $285,799 $4,802 $7,321

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs

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 9% having issued approximately 73 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 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 13 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 $12,938 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 77% were extremely low income (ELI). 25% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 68% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 56% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 16% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 0% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

43% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 41% of households with children have a female head of household. 80% of all households were headed by a female.

13% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 8% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs Housing Choice Voucher program, 29% include at least one person with a disability. 52% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 72% 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, 39% with 2 bedrooms and 34% 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 Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs voucher holders in 2016 was $336 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $547. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $136.



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 Apartments Operated by Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs

Regal Towers

505 S 6th St
Council Bluffs, IA

Dudley Court

201 N 25th St
Council Bluffs, IA