Raleigh Housing Authority

900 Haynes Street
Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina 27604

Raleigh Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Raleigh, North Carolina that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of October 18th, 2019, Raleigh Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Wake County, North Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Raleigh Housing Authority serves Wake County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Wake County, North Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Raleigh Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Wake County, North Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Raleigh Housing Authority (RHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open until further notice.

To apply, download and print the application online here. Click the link in Step 1 under "How To Apply For Housing."

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed with all required documents to:

Raleigh Housing Authority
Attn: Housing Application Division
900 Haynes Street
Raleigh, NC 27604

This waiting list has the following preferences: Elderly, disabled, Wake County resident, working at least 35 hours per week for at least 24 months.

For more information, visit the RHA website, or call the office at (919) 831-8300.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 9198316416.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 09/20/2018.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Raleigh Housing Authority (RHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, download and print the application online here. Scroll down and click the link for an application for an open waiting list.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed with all required documents to the intake office identified below the application link.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Elderly, disabled, Wake County resident, working at least 35 hours per week for at least 24 months.

For more information, visit the RHA website, or call the office at (919) 831-8300.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 9198316416.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/16/2018.

About Raleigh Housing Authority

More information about Raleigh Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.rhaonline.com.

Representatives of Raleigh Housing Authority may be available by phone at (919) 831-6416. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/18/2019, it is not known if Raleigh Housing Authority 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 Raleigh Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Raleigh Housing Authority manages 3,869 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 3,777 7 85
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $589 $456 $809
Monthly Cost $2,224,625 $3,192 $68,768

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Raleigh 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 289 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 21 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $14,005 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 74% were extremely low income (ELI). 35% 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 57% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 58% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 17% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 22% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

54% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 52% of households with children have a female head of household. 90% of all households were headed by a female.

90% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 87% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Raleigh Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 18% 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. 59% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

17% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 46% with 2 bedrooms and 37% 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 Raleigh Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $340 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $636. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $148.



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.


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