About Great Bend Housing Authority

The Great Bend Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Great Bend, Kansas.

The Great Bend Housing Authority serves Great Bend.

Great Bend Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Great Bend Housing Authority (GBHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The GBHA offers two communities for families and senior/disabled individuals, ranging in size from studio's to 3 bedrooms.

There are two ways to apply:
  1. Visit the GBHA to pick up a pre-application, located at 1101 Kansas Ave., Great Bend, KS  67530 during normal office hours.
  2. Download the Cheyenne Village pre-application online, or The Public Housing Hi-Rise pre-application online, then print and complete.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above during normal office hours.

Be sure to include these documents with the pre-application: Social Security Cards, birth certificates, government issued IDs for all adult household members, proof of all income, alimony, child support, and legal separation and divorce decree (if applicable).

No preferences were noted.

For more information, visit the GBHA website, or call the office at (620) 793-7761 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 08/14/2015.

About the Great Bend Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Great Bend Housing Authority manages 80 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 79 1
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $280 $567
Monthly Cost $22,098 $567

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Great Bend 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 25% having issued approximately 3 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 4 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 5 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.6 persons and has a household income of $11,623 per year. 100% of households were very low income (VLI) and 64% were extremely low income (ELI). 12% of households had wages as a major source of income, -1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 88% 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, 33% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 41% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 4% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

20% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 20% of households with children have a female head of household. 80% of all households were headed by a female.

7% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 3% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Great Bend Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 46% include at least one person with a disability. 80% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 58% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

70% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 16% with 2 bedrooms and 14% with 3 or more bedrooms. 7% 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 Great Bend Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $269 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $380. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $125.

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.