Topeka Housing Authority

2010 Southeast California Avenue
Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas 66607

Topeka Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of August 13th, 2022, Topeka Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Topeka Housing Authority offers Public Housing and Section 8 Housing rental assistance in Topeka.

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

Open Topeka Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: 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 Public Housing 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 03/24/2022.

Other Topeka Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Topeka Housing Authority 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 08/13/2022, 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 853 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, 2021:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 664 4 1 104 76
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $392 $435 $1,380 $334 $332
Monthly Cost $260,586 $1,739 $1,380 $34,757 $25,221

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

Polk Plaza / Polk Cottages

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

Deer Creek Village/ Western Plaza

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