About Helena Housing Authority

The Helena Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Helena, Montana.

The Helena Housing Authority serves the state of Montana.

Helena Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

The Helena Housing Authority (HHA) is currently accepting Public Housingg waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The HHA offers three Public Housing communities with 366 units for families and senior disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
2. Attend an orientation session at the HHA, held every Tuesday at 2:00 pm, and every Thursday at 10:00 am, located at 812 Abbey St., Helena, MT.

The HHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: elderly, disabled, homeless, working family, substandard housing, victim of domestic violence, or rent burden.

More information can be found by visiting the HHA website at http://hhamt.org, or by calling 406-442-7970, during normal office hours.


  • What: Helena Housing Authority Public Housing Opening
  • Preferences For: The Elderly. Victims of Domestic Violence. Working/Employed. The Homeless. Those who Live in Substandard Housing. Persons with Disabilities. Households that are Rent Burdened.

  • A waiting list with preferences means that applicants who qualify for the preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of the preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance. Learn More About Preferences.

Last Updated on 06/19/2015.

Helena Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Open Indefinitely

The Helena Housing Authority (HHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

There are two ways to apply:
  1. Complete the online application here. Once the application has been completed, you can email it to Admissions@hhamt.org, or print and hand it in to the HHA office, located at 812 Abbey Street, Helena, MT, between normal office hours.
  2. Visit the HHA office to attend an orientation, held every Tuesday at 2:00 pm, and every Thursday at 10:00 am.
The following documentation is required of all members of the household: Full legal name, sex, relationship to Head of Household, Social Security Number, date of birth, age, income.

The HHA has identified these preferences: Disabled, elderly, substandard housing, more than 50% of income towards rent, victim of domestic violence.

If selected to be placed on the waiting list, you will be contacted by mail once your name has reached the top of the waiting list.

For more information, visit http://hhamt.org/, or call (406) 442-7970.

Last Updated on 07/22/2015.

About the Helena Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Helena Housing Authority manages 334 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
Vouchers 307 5 12 1
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $444 $459 $508 $403
Monthly Cost $136,443 $2,296 $6,091 $403

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Helena 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 25 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 11 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 19 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.6 persons and has a household income of $11,975 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 76% were extremely low income (ELI). 16% 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 77% 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, 36% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 34% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

24% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 21% of households with children have a female head of household. 74% of all households were headed by a female.

6% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 1% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Helena Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 47% include at least one person with a disability. 56% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 91% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

50% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 33% with 2 bedrooms and 17% with 3 or more bedrooms. 26% 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 Helena Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $272 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $515. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $112.

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.