About Housing Authority of the City of Kinston

The Housing Authority of the City of Kinston is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Kinston, North Carolina.

The Housing Authority of the City of Kinston serves Kinston.

Housing Authority of the City of Kinston Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Housing Authority of the City of Kinston (HACK) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The HACK offers seven Public Housing communities with 764 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply, visit the HACK to pick up an application on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 8:30 am until 11:30 am, located at 608 N Queen St., Kinston, NC. 

Once you complete the application the receptionist will tell you where to drop it off.

Be sure to include these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

No preferences were noted.

For more information, the HACK can be reached by calling 252-523-1195, between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:30 pm, Monday-Thursday.

Last Updated on 06/26/2015.


About the Housing Authority of the City of Kinston Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of the City of Kinston manages 663 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 638 4 14 7
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $401 $339 $469 $538
Monthly Cost $255,961 $1,357 $6,565 $3,764

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the City of Kinston

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 8% having issued approximately 81 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 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 28 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 $12,016 per year. 88% of households were very low income (VLI) and 62% were extremely low income (ELI). 32% of households had wages as a major source of income, 0% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 67% 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, 60% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 18% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% 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.

54% of households included children, 0% of which had two adults in the household. 53% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

93% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 93% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the City of Kinston Housing Choice Voucher program, 19% include at least one person with a disability. 30% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 79% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

15% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 53% 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 the City of Kinston voucher holders in 2016 was $317 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $496. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $233.



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 Housing Authority of the City of Kinston

1A Mitchell Wooten Ct
Kinston, North Carolina
Mitchell Wooten is a 108 unit low income housing apartment community in Kinston.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
501 Emmanuel St
Kinston, North Carolina
John C. Hood Homes is a 30 unit low income housing apartment community in Kinston.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
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