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Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII

10430 Three Rivers Road
Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi 39503

Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) programs. As of August 10th, 2020, Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII serves Covington County, Forrest County, George County, Greene County, Hancock County, Harrison County, Jackson County, Jones County, Lamar County, Marion County, Pearl River County, Perry County, Stone County and Wayne County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Covington, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jones, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Stone, and Wayne County Mississippi Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII 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.

Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII Website: http://www.mrha8.org/index.html.

Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII Phone: (228) 831-2992.

COVID-19 Update: Affordable Housing Online has confirmed that the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is still open; but has not yet confirmed if the Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is still open. As of March 30, 2020, the website says:

"offices will be fully closed until further notice!"

More information can be found here.

Open Until Further Notice: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII (MRHAVIII) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently open until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, download and print the application online here. Select the link in the sentence that states, "The PBV (Project Based Voucher- Not Section 8) Application can be obtained by clicking here."

Once the application has been completed, it must be returned to the location the applicant is interested in living.

For more information, visit the MRHAVIII Affordable Housing page here, or the the MRHAVIII home page here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (228) 831-2992.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 02/21/2019.

Other Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII Waiting Lists

Closed: Covington, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jones, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Stone, and Wayne County Mississippi Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII (MRHA VIII) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from March 31, 2020, until an unconfirmed close date. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

The following documentation was required:

  • Last name, First name, middle initial
  • Mailing Address
  • Phone number
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Income information for each family member

This waiting list had the following preferences: 

  • DISPLACED PERSON: A family or individuals displaced as a result of a presidentially declared natural disaster occurring no more than 180 days prior to application date. (proof will be required)

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, weighed by order of preferences.

The waiting list closed within two days of its opening.

For more information, visit the MRHA VIII website.

Sources: This information was verified by the Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII, as of March 31, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Covington, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jones, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Stone, and Wayne County Mississippi.

Last Updated on 04/02/2020.

About Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII

More information about Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII can be found on its website at http://www.mrha8.org/index.html.

Representatives of Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII may be available by phone at (228) 831-2992. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.


About the Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII manages 7,836 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 Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 6,604 49 111 72 118
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $592 $455 $472 $787 $454
Monthly Cost $3,908,584 $22,309 $52,395 $56,662 $53,577

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII

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 9% having issued approximately 867 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 17 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.7 persons and has a household income of $11,508 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 67% were extremely low income (ELI). 33% 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 64% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 66% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 17% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 14% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 0% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

60% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 58% of households with children have a female head of household. 88% of all households were headed by a female.

83% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 80% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII Housing Choice Voucher program, 15% include at least one person with a disability. 28% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 67% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

10% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 33% with 2 bedrooms and 57% with 3 or more bedrooms. 28% 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 Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII voucher holders in 2016 was $280 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $658. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $168.



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 Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII

Brooks Addn

3816 Durden St
Pascagoula, Mississippi

The Crossing at Ladnier

2020 Ladnier Rd
Gautier, Mississippi

Pecan Circle Homes

601 Pecan Cir
Lucedale, Mississippi

Hillcrest N Side Homes

608 N 6th St
Lumberton, Mississippi

Patterson Homes

301 Travis Jordan Cir
Poplarville, Mississippi

Lexington Pointe

3705 Lexington Ave
Pascagoula, Mississippi

Guice Place

1 Engram Ct
Gulfport, Mississippi

Dan Stepney Homes

27 Harrison Jefferson Dr
Columbia, Mississippi

Frank Lee Homes

904 Myrick Ave
Lumberton, Mississippi