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Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs

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

Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of March 1st, 2021, Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs serves Council Bluffs.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Council Bluffs, Iowa Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs Public Housing Closed

Open Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs Website: http://mhacb.org/.

Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs Phone: (712) 322-1491.

Open Until Further Notice: Council Bluffs, Iowa Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs (MHACB) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from December 18, 2020 at 9:00 am CT, until further notice.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application available here.
  2. Pick up an application from the MHACB, located at 300 West Broadway, Suite 38 Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503.

Once the application has been completed, it must be returned to the MHACB at the address mentioned above.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Local residency preference for those living in the jurisdiction of the PHA (Council Bluffs, Iowa) at the time of the application (10 points).
  • Families that include a person with disabilities, but not persons with a specific disability (9 points).
  • Applicant families whose head of household, or spouse is employed or has a bona fide offer for employment, must work at least 20 hours per week at minimum wage (this preference will not be based on the amount of earned income and the PHA may not prefer higher income families over families with lower oncomes to occupy a development or unit except to the extent that the PHA has identified the need to implement economic de-concentration and income targeting) (8 points).
  • Families whose head of household or spouse is sixty-two (62) years of age or disabled automatically receive the maximum level of local preference (8 points).
  • Paying more than fifty percent(50%) of family income for rent (Rent Burden) (7 points).
  • Single persons who are elderly, displaced, homeless, or persons with disabilities over other single persons (6 points).
  • Victims of domestic violence (5 points).
  • Involuntary displacement (4 points).

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the MHACB website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MHACB on December 16, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (712) 322-6931.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 12/19/2020.

Other Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs Waiting Lists

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs (MHACB) waiting list for Publics Housing apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted on December 9, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period: 

  1. Print the online paper application.
  2. Pick up an application from the MHACB.

Once the application was completed, it was either:

  1. Mailed to the MHACB.
  2. Faxed to the MHACB.
  3. Emailed to the MHACB.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Elderly and disabled families residing within the city limits of Council Bluffs -5 Pts. Families who live, work or have been hired to work within the city limits of Council Bluffs-3 Pts.Low income families residing within the city limits of Council Bluffs -2 Pts.
  • Near elderly families residing within the city limits of Council Bluffs -4 Pts.
  • Families displaced by natural disaster such as fire, earthquake, flood, etc., causing the unit to be uninhabitable-1 Pt.
  • Families displaced by government action or code enforcement or problems with contract renewals at other HUD subsidized projects-1 Pt.
  • Victims of domestic abuse only so long as the abusing family member is not included in the family-1 Pt.
  • Low income families living outside the city limits of Council Bluffs-1 Pt. Near elderly families living outside the city limits of Council Bluffs-1 Pt. Elderly and disabled families living outside the city limits of Council Bluffs-1 Pt.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the MHACB website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MHACB on December 16, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Last Updated on 12/16/2020.

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 03/01/2021, 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 608 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 583 6 19
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $465 $852 $439
Monthly Cost $271,212 $5,109 $8,349

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, Iowa

Dudley Court

201 N 25th St
Council Bluffs, Iowa