Waterloo Housing Authority

620 Mulberry Street, Suite 102
Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa 50703

Waterloo Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Waterloo, Iowa that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of February 21st, 2020, Waterloo Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Waterloo Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Waterloo Housing Authority serves Waterloo.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Waterloo Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Waterloo Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Waterloo Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher 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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.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 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List


The Waterloo Housing Authority (WHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open until further notice.

To apply, visit the WHA to submit a pre-application in person, located at 620 Mulberry Street, Suite 102, Waterloo, IA 50703, from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm CT on Thursdays.

Be sure to bring these documents with you when applying: Social Security Cards, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

For more information, visit the WHA website, or call the office at (319) 233-0201, from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (319)233-0201.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/29/2018.

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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.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 Waterloo Housing Authority (WHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for senior/disabled households.

Please note: The WHA does not offer a Public Housing program for families.

The WHA offers two Public Housing communities with 50 units for senior/disabled households.

To apply, visit the WHA to submit a pre-application in person, located at 620 Mulberry Street, Suite 102, Waterloo, IA 50703, from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm CT, Monday-Friday.

Be sure to bring these documents with you when applying: Social Security Cards, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

No preferences were noted.

More information can be found by visiting the WHA website, or by calling (319) 233-0201, from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (319)233-0201.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 08/21/2015.

About Waterloo Housing Authority

More information about Waterloo Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.cityofwaterlooiowa.com/housingauthority.

Representatives of Waterloo Housing Authority may be available by phone at (319) 233-0201. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 02/21/2020, it is not known if Waterloo Housing Authority 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 Waterloo Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Waterloo Housing Authority manages 1,048 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 Homeownership Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 892 30 11 15 100
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $398 $333 $1,020 $227 $337
Monthly Cost $355,002 $9,992 $11,216 $3,411 $33,676

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Waterloo Housing Authority

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 20% having issued approximately 52 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 58 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $12,243 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 76% were extremely low income (ELI). 26% of households had wages as a major source of income, 5% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 64% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 61% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 14% 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.

54% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 52% of households with children have a female head of household. 86% of all households were headed by a female.

67% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 65% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Waterloo Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 24% include at least one person with a disability. 46% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 75% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

25% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 41% with 2 bedrooms and 35% with 3 or more bedrooms. 21% 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 Waterloo Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $322 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $467. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $108.



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 Waterloo Housing Authority

Ridgeway Towers

225 W Ridgeway Ave
Waterloo, Iowa