Wilson Housing Authority

301 E. Nash Street
Wilson, Wilson County, North Carolina
(252) 291-2245

Wilson Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Wilson, North Carolina that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of November 17th, 2018, Wilson Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Wilson Housing Authority serves Wilson County.

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Closed: Wilson County, North Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Wilson Housing Authority (WHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two weeks in September, 2018. 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 online.
  2. Pick up an application at a WHA office.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be:

  1. Postmarked by Sept. 19, 2018 and mailed to the WHA at 301 Nash St. East, Wilson, North Carolina, 27893..
  2. Dropped off at the WHA office at the address above, from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday-Thursday; and 8:00 am until 12:00 pm ET on Friday.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Those Displaced by Natural Disaster, Veterans, The Homeless, Working/Employed, Elderly, Disabled.

250 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences. Those placed on the waiting list will be notified by mail by Friday, Oct. 31, 2018.

For more information, visit the WHA website, or call the office at (252) 291-2245.

Last Updated on 11/05/2018.

About Wilson Housing Authority

More information about Wilson Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://wilsonha.org/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 11/17/2018, it is not known if Wilson Housing Authority is aborbing 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 Wilson Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Wilson Housing Authority manages 654 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 568 6 46 6
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $402 $373 $354 $799
Monthly Cost $228,114 $2,238 $16,262 $4,792

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Wilson 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 16% having issued approximately 40 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 8 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 $11,498 per year. 90% of households were very low income (VLI) and 60% were extremely low income (ELI). 30% 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 64% 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, 50% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 25% 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.

49% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 47% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

93% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 92% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Wilson Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 24% include at least one person with a disability. 31% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 85% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

18% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 47% with 2 bedrooms and 35% with 3 or more bedrooms. 33% 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 Wilson Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $289 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $443. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $184.



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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