About Rowan County Housing Authority

The Rowan County Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Salisbury, North Carolina.

The Rowan County Housing Authority serves Rowan County, Salisbury, Rockwell, Granite Quarry, China Grove, Cleveland and Spencer.

Rowan County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Rowan County Housing Authority (RCHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The RCHA offers three Public Housing communities with 192 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply: Visit the RCHA to pick up an application, located at 310 Long Meadow Dr., Salisbury, NC 28147, during normal office hours, Monday-Friday.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above on Tuesdays only, between the hours of 8:30 am until 11:00 am, and 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

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

No preferences were noted.

For more information, the RCHA can be reached by calling (704) 633-8380, during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 06/26/2015.


About the Rowan County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Rowan County Housing Authority manages 671 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 575 12 84
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $467 $617 $308
Monthly Cost $268,483 $7,399 $25,882

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Rowan County 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 15% having issued approximately 44 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 35 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.6 persons and has a household income of $13,398 per year. 88% of households were very low income (VLI) and 56% were extremely low income (ELI). 38% 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 58% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 61% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 19% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% 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.

57% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 57% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

81% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 80% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Rowan County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 10% include at least one person with a disability. 21% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 39% 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, 35% with 2 bedrooms and 48% with 3 or more bedrooms. 24% 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 Rowan County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $358 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $568. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $210.



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.