About Wichita Housing Authority

The Wichita Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Wichita, Kansas.

The Wichita Housing Authority serves Wichita.

Wichita Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

The Wichita Housing Authority (WHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.

Please note: The family waiting list is only accepting pre-application for families with four or more household members.

The WHA offers four Public Housing communities with 577 units for families and senior/disabled households.


No preferences were noted.

Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original pre-application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out its policy on how to update pre-application information.

For more information, visit the WHA website, or call the office at (316) 462-3700 from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm CT, Monday-Friday.

Summary

  • What: Wichita Housing Authority Public Housing Opening
  • How To Apply:
    • Online Application at https://wichita.apply4housing.com/.
      • Note: If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a friend or family member's computer/device, or one at a local library.

Last Updated on 02/16/2016.

Wichita Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Wichita Housing Authority (WHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open from February 2016 until March 2016, and prior to that in October 2014.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application.

There were no preferences.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time of pre-application submission.

Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

Applicants can check their status on the waiting list by calling (316) 462-3700.

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original pre-application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.

Applicants must update pre-application information in writing to the Housing and Community Services office, located at 332 N. Riverview, Wichita, KS, 67203.

For more information, visit the WHA website, or call the office at (316) 462-3700.

Last Updated on 03/30/2016.


About the Wichita Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Wichita Housing Authority manages 2,531 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,126 13 6 54 24 181 127
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $447 $364 $489 $402 $684 $389 $298
Monthly Cost $950,690 $4,737 $2,932 $21,703 $16,410 $70,427 $37,905

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Wichita 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 26% having issued approximately 103 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 5 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 23 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 $11,582 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 79% were extremely low income (ELI). 31% 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 63% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

9% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 53% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% 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.

48% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 45% of households with children have a female head of household. 76% of all households were headed by a female.

70% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 61% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Wichita Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 23% include at least one person with a disability. 36% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 81% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

39% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 26% with 3 or more bedrooms. 12% 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 Wichita Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $277 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $593. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $152.



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 Operated by Wichita Housing Authority

2627 W 9th St N
Mclean Manor is a 176 unit low income housing apartment community in Wichita.
2654 N Ash St
Scattered Sites is a 193 unit low income housing apartment community in Wichita.
520 W 25th St N
Wichita Ha is a 50 unit low income housing apartment community in Wichita.
1647 Faulders Ln
Scattered Sites is a 159 unit low income housing apartment community in Wichita.
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Affordable Apartments near Wichita Housing Authority

2332 N Pinecrest St
Pinecrest Place is a 24 unit low income housing apartment community in Wichita.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units
5640 E 21st St N
Prairie Villa is a 79 unit low income housing apartment community in Wichita.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Low Income Housing Tax Credit Project Based Rental Assistance
605 S Mount Carmel St
Starkey Residential is a 18 unit low income housing apartment community in Wichita.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units

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