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Isothermal Planning and Development Commission

111 W Court Street
Rutherfordton, Rutherford County, North Carolina 28139

Isothermal Planning and Development Commission is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Homeownership Voucher, and Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) programs.

Isothermal Planning and Development Commission serves Cleveland County, McDowell County, Polk County and Rutherford County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Cleveland, McDowell, Polk, and Rutherford County, North Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Other Isothermal Planning and Development Commission 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.

Isothermal Planning and Development Commission Website: https://regionc.org.

Isothermal Planning and Development Commission Phone: (828) 351-2327.

As of June 8, 2020 the Isothermal Planning and Development Commission website states: 

"Effective June 8, 2020 we will begin interactions with Clients in Housing by Appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Rutherfordton office, located at 111 West Court Street, and the Shelby Office located at 127 W. Graham Street.  The Marion Office will be by mail only until further notice. Anyone entering the office will be required to wear a mask. Housing Counselors will be available by phone and email during office hours."

More information is available here.

Closed: Cleveland, McDowell, Polk, and Rutherford County, North Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Isothermal Planning and Development Commission (IPDC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from November 1, 2019, until November 4, 2019. 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.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received.

The waiting list closed after 1,000 applications were submitted.

For more information, visit the IPDC Housing Programs page, or the IPDC website.

Last Updated on 09/29/2020.

About Isothermal Planning and Development Commission

More information about Isothermal Planning and Development Commission can be found on its website at https://regionc.org.

Representatives of Isothermal Planning and Development Commission may be available by phone at (828) 351-2327. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 03/06/2021, it is not known if Isothermal Planning and Development Commission is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Isothermal Planning and Development Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Isothermal Planning and Development Commission manages 1,279 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 Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,258 8 13
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $364 $1,261 $299
Monthly Cost $457,621 $10,089 $3,882

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Isothermal Planning and Development Commission

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 12% having issued approximately 110 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 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 7 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $10,328 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 62% were extremely low income (ELI). 21% 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 69% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

6% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 51% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 24% 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.

46% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 45% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

68% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 66% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Isothermal Planning and Development Commission Housing Choice Voucher program, 21% include at least one person with a disability. 36% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 60% 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, 51% with 2 bedrooms and 28% with 3 or more bedrooms. 30% 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 Isothermal Planning and Development Commission voucher holders in 2016 was $264 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $470. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $175.



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.