About Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII

The Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Gulfport, Mississippi.

The Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII serves Jackson County, Marion County, George County, Hancock County, Pearl River County, Forrest County, Jones County, Stone County, Greene County, Lamar County, Wayne County, Covington County, Harrison County, Perry County, Gautier, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, Moss Point, Columbia, Lucedale, Bay St Louis, Waveland, Bay Saint Louis, Picayune, Poplarville, Nicholson, Hattiesburg, Petal, Ellisville, Laurel, Wiggins, State Line, Leakesville, Purvis, Lumberton, Sumrall, Waynesboro, Collins, Mount Olive, Gulfport, Biloxi, Long Beach, Pass Christian, Beaumont, Richton, New Augusta, Olive, Arnold Line, Bay St. Louis, Big Point, Buckatunna, Clara, DeLisle, Diamondhead, D'Iberville, Escatawpa, Foxworth, Glendale, Gulf Hills, Gulf Park Estates, Helena, Henderson Point, Hide A Way Lake, Hurley, Kiln, Latimer, Lyman, McLain, Pearlington, Rawls Springs, St. Martin, Sandersville, Saucier, Seminary, Sharon, Soso, Vancleave, Wade, West Hattiesburg and Hide-A-Way Lake.

Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII Waiting Lists

Section 8 PBV Waiting List Project Based Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII (MRHAVIII) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list applications.

Please note: We obtained this information from an automated phone message. We have contacted the MRHAVIII office, and will update this page when more information becomes available. In the meantime, contact the MRHAVIII to find out how to apply.

For more information, call the MRHAVIII office at (228) 831-2992.


IMPORTANT NOTE: 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 06/12/2017.

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII (MRHA VIII) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled households.

To apply, complete an application at the MRHA VIII office, located at 202 Alexander Rd., Long Beach, MS, from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm, Monday-Thursday.

The following documents are required with the application: Birth certificates, social security cards, proof of income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Last Updated on 06/12/2017.

Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

Please note: The Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII covers the Counties of Covington, Forrest, George, Hancock, Harrison, Greene, Jackson, Jones, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Stone, and Wayne, MS.

The Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII (MRHAVIII) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when the waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, call the MRHAVIII office at (228) 831-2992.

Last Updated on 06/12/2017.


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

As of the most recent VMS report, Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII manages 7,819 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 Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 6,619 45 98 82 103
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $582 $568 $457 $871 $461
Monthly Cost $3,851,735 $25,573 $44,743 $71,458 $47,450

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 Operated by Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII

3816 Durden St
Pascagoula, Mississippi
Brooks Addn is a 133 unit low income housing apartment community in Pascagoula.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
2020 Ladnier Rd
Gautier, Mississippi
Belle Ville Place is a 144 unit low income housing apartment community in Gautier.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
601 Pecan Cir
Lucedale, Mississippi
Pecan Circle Homes is a 144 unit low income housing apartment community in Lucedale.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
608 N 6th St
Lumberton, Mississippi
Hillcrest N Side Homes is a 36 unit low income housing apartment community in Lumberton.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
301 Travis Jordan Cir
Poplarville, Mississippi
Patterson Homes is a 70 unit low income housing apartment community in Poplarville.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing