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Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority

1880 2nd Avenue
Hickory, Catawba County, North Carolina 28601

Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.

Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority serves Alexander County, Burke County, Caldwell County and Catawba County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba County, North Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Other Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority 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.

Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority Website: http://www.wpcog.org.

Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority Phone: (828) 322-9191.

COVID-19 Update: As of August 8, 2020, the Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority website says:

"Effective 5:00pm on Thursday, March 19, 2020, the Western Piedmont Council of Governments’ (WPCOG) offices will close to the public to follow NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) guidance regarding COVID-19 mitigation. The offices will remain closed until further notice.

WPCOG staff is available to assist member governments working to maintain service to residents, address administrative challenges, or reduce the spread of COVID-19."

More coronavirus information can be found here.

Closed: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba County, North Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority (RHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from January 3, 2017, until December 31, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Download and print the application that was available online. The application was available in English, Spanish, and Hmong.
  2. Pick up an application the RHA office.

Once the application was completed, it must have been either:

  1. Mailed to the RHA.
  2. Hand delivered to the RHA.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Veteran
  • Disabled
  • Homeless
  • Resident of Alexander, Burke, Caldwell or Catawba County

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the RHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the RHA public notice, and a RHA representative, as of August 6, 2020.

Last Updated on 08/06/2020.

About Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority

More information about Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.wpcog.org.

Representatives of Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority may be available by phone at (828) 322-9191. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 02/28/2021, it is not known if Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional 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 Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority manages 1,017 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 Homeownership Family Unification Ported Out
Vouchers 986 4 19 8
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $366 $342 $557 $1,198
Monthly Cost $360,847 $1,367 $10,575 $9,583

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional 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 12% having issued approximately 85 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 18 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 $10,482 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 68% were extremely low income (ELI). 24% 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 71% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 52% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% 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.

47% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 44% of households with children have a female head of household. 86% of all households were headed by a female.

47% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 44% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 25% include at least one person with a disability. 41% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 74% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

16% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 50% with 2 bedrooms and 33% with 3 or more bedrooms. 35% 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 Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $290 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $490. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $164.



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.