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Topeka Housing Authority

2010 SE California Avenue
Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas 66607

Topeka Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Topeka, Kansas that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of June 5th, 2020, Topeka Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Topeka Housing Authority serves Topeka.

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

Open Topeka Housing Authority 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.

Topeka Housing Authority Website: http://www.tha.gov/.

Topeka Housing Authority Phone: (785) 286-7277.

COVID-19 Update: Affordable Housing Online has confirmed that these waiting lists are still open. As of April 1, 2020, the website says:

"Due to increased concerns about the COVID 19 Crisis, the Topeka Housing Authority’s Main Office, located at 2010 SE California Ave. Topeka, KS  66607, will be closed to the public effective March 18, 2020, and will reopen April 6, 2020."

More information can be found here.

 

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Topeka Housing Authority (THA) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently open. Pre-applications are being accepted since at least March 2020, until further notice.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period: 

  1. Request to have a pre-application mailed to you by calling (785) 357-8842 during normal office hours.
  2. Email the THA at info@tha.gov to request a pre-application.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed to The Topeka Housing Authority, 2010 SE California Ave, Topeka, KS 66607.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the THA website.

Sources: This information was verified by a representative of the THA, and its website, as of March 18, 2020

Service Area

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

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (785)357-8842.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 04/01/2020.

Other Topeka Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Topeka Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Topeka Housing Authority (THA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open from June 2015 until June 2016, and before that in June 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Visit the THA to pick up a pre-application.
  2. Request to have a pre-application mailed or faxed.
  3. Request to have a pre-application emailed.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must have been mailed or hand delivered to the THA. 

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live and/or work in Topeka, employed, elderly, disabled.

For more information, visit the THA website, or call the office at (785) 357-8842 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 06/14/2017.

About Topeka Housing Authority

More information about Topeka Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.tha.gov/.

Representatives of Topeka Housing Authority may be available by phone at (785) 286-7277. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 06/05/2020, it is not known if Topeka 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 Topeka Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Topeka Housing Authority manages 1,116 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 Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 910 6 2 117 75
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $399 $264 $841 $328 $355
Monthly Cost $363,008 $1,586 $1,681 $38,383 $26,601

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Topeka 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 14% having issued approximately 89 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 10 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2 persons and has a household income of $13,543 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 66% were extremely low income (ELI). 27% of households had wages as a major source of income, 0% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 70% 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, 49% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 27% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 20% 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.

39% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 35% of households with children have a female head of household. 70% of all households were headed by a female.

48% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 39% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Topeka Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 33% include at least one person with a disability. 55% 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

36% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 30% 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 Topeka Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $345 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $539. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $163.



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 Topeka Housing Authority

Pine Ridge Manor

3809 SW 7th St
Topeka, Kansas

Polk Plaza

1312 SW Polk St
Topeka, Kansas
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR

Deer Creek Village

2456 SE Colonial Dr
Topeka, Kansas

Tyler Towers

600 SW 14th St
Topeka, Kansas
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Jackson Towers

1122 SW Jackson St
Topeka, Kansas
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Tennessee Town l & ll

1176A SW Lincoln St
Topeka, Kansas
Call For Rent
1 BR

Echo Ridge

2010 SE California Ave
Topeka, Kansas
Call For Rent
1-3 BR