About Charlotte Housing Authority

The Charlotte Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Charlotte Housing Authority serves Charlotte.

Charlotte Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Charlotte Housing Authority (CHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households. The CHA also offers Workforce Housing, Market Rate Housing, and Mixed-Income Housing programs that may have an opening.

The CHA offers 53 Public Housing Communities with 3,297 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply, visit the CHA website here, and click the appropriate program for more information. 

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 CHA website, or call the office at (704) 336-5183.

Last Updated on 03/16/2016.

Charlotte Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Charlotte Housing Authority (CHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for five days in September 2014, and prior to that in 2007. It is not known when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

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

The following preferences were identified: Homeless families, veterans, working families, near elderly and victims of domestic violence.

As of September 22, 2014, more than 5,200 people visited the Charlotte waiting list pre-application web site and 4,000 had completed pre-applications.  At times, the website was inaccessible because of too much traffic.

By the end of the waiting list opening period, 32,128 people had applied. This is more than three times the number of applications received during the last opening of the waiting list in 2007.

The Charlotte Housing Authority will be sending out letters to those that applied with further instructions.  Given the volume of applicants, we would expect this process to take a while.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). 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 how to update application information.

For more information, visit the CHA website, or call the office at (704) 336-5183.

Last Updated on 04/05/2016.

More information about Charlotte Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.cha-nc.org/.


About the Charlotte Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Charlotte Housing Authority manages 6,269 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Family Unification Tenant Protection Moving To Work Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 158 129 4,515 60 287
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $747 $662 $496 $712 $487
Monthly Cost $118,090 $85,437 $2,238,659 $42,738 $139,750

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Charlotte 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 21% having issued approximately 333 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 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 -1 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $12,028 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 77% 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 54% 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, 56% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 21% 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.

52% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 51% of households with children have a female head of household. 85% of all households were headed by a female.

95% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 91% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Charlotte Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 17% include at least one person with a disability. 26% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 55% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

21% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 31% with 2 bedrooms and 48% with 3 or more bedrooms. 25% 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 Charlotte Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $319 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $887. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $162.



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 Charlotte Housing Authority

1303 Seigle Avenue
Charlotte, North Carolina
McAden Park Apartments is a 60 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Charlotte.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
6130 Pineburr Rd
Charlotte, North Carolina
Mcalpine Terrace and Glen Cove Apartments is a 163 unit low income housing apartment community in Charlotte.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Public Housing Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
1509 Seneca Pl
Charlotte, North Carolina
Seneca Woods is a 50 unit low income housing apartment community in Charlotte.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Public Housing Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
3705 Prosperity Church Rd
Charlotte, North Carolina
Prosperity Creek Senior Apartments is a 168 unit low income housing apartment community in Charlotte.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Public Housing Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
100 Green Needles Ct
Charlotte, North Carolina
Cedar Knoll Leafcrest Mallard is a 132 unit low income housing apartment community in Charlotte.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing