About Housing Authority of Somerset

The Housing Authority of Somerset is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Somerset, Kentucky.

The Housing Authority of Somerset serves Somerset.

Housing Authority of Somerset Waiting Lists

Housing Authority of Somerset Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Housing Authority of Somerset (HAS) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

 

Somerset, KY is about 75 miles south of Lexington, KY.

 

To apply, follow this link to submit an online pre-application.

 

Once the pre-application has been submitted, be sure to write down the confirmation number for future reference.

 

The HAS does not have a preference.

 

Qualified applicants will be placed by the date and time the pre-application is received.

 

For more information, visit the HAS website, or call the office at (606) 679-1332 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 07/14/2017.

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

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

 

The HAS offers one Public Housing community with 215 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size from 1 to 5 bedrooms.

 

To apply, follow this link to submit an online pre-application.

 

Once the pre-application has been submitted, be sure to write down the confirmation number for future reference.

 

The HAS does not have a preference.

 

Qualified applicants will be placed by the date and time the pre-application is received.

 

For more information, visit the HAS website, or call the office at (606) 679-1332 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 07/14/2017.


About the Housing Authority of Somerset Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of Somerset manages 262 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection
Vouchers 236 7 18
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $338 $235 $281
Monthly Cost $79,771 $1,646 $5,061

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of Somerset

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 30% having issued approximately 10 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 4 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 20 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 $10,482 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 61% were extremely low income (ELI). 20% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 75% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

5% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 44% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 24% 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.

38% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 35% of households with children have a female head of household. 80% of all households were headed by a female.

4% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 4% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of Somerset Housing Choice Voucher program, 30% include at least one person with a disability. 48% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 76% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

23% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 52% with 2 bedrooms and 25% with 3 or more bedrooms. 32% 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 Housing Authority of Somerset voucher holders in 2016 was $258 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $433. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $133.



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.