Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority

1880 2nd Avenue Northwest
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. As of June 30th, 2022, Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

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 Open Soon
Mainstream Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba County, North Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice

Open Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority Waiting Lists

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

The Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon.

The RHA will accept applications for this waiting list from July 1, 2022, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • (4) points are given to residents
  • (3) points are given to families with a household member who is disabled
  • (2) points are given to veterans, widowers of veterans, or families with an active duty member
  • (1) point is given to homeless individuals

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences. 

For more information, visit the RHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the RHA public notice on May 31, 2022.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba County, North Carolina.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (828) 485-4282.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/27/2022.

Open Until Further Notice: Mainstream Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba County, North Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority Mainstream Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open.

The RHA is accepting applications for this waiting list from November 1, 2021, until further notice.

Please note: According to the RHA public notice, "These vouchers are for households with a disabled person between the ages of 18-61."

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received.

For more information, visit the RHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the Independent Tribune public notice on October 6, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba County, North Carolina.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (​828) 322-9191.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/31/2022.

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 https://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 06/30/2022, 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 1,085 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,051 4 19 8 3
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $398 $565 $500 $1,286 $338
Monthly Cost $417,781 $2,261 $9,493 $10,286 $1,013

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.