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Wilson Housing Authority

301 E. Nash Street
Wilson, Wilson County, North Carolina 27893

Wilson Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of April 10th, 2021, Wilson Housing Authority has 4 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Wilson Housing Authority serves Wilson County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
3, 4, and 5-Bedroom Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
2-Bedroom Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
C. Bruce Rose Plaza Open Until Further Notice
Varita Court Open Until Further Notice
Wilson County, North Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Closed
1-Bedroom Public Housing Closed

Open Wilson 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.

Wilson Housing Authority Website: http://wilsonha.org/.

Wilson Housing Authority Phone: (252) 291-2245.

COVID-19 Update:

As of February 2, 2021 the WHA website states "Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, The Wilson Housing Authority is following the recommendations of the State of North Carolina and has taken additional precautionary safety measures by closing all of its offices to the public until further notice."

more information is available here.

Open Until Further Notice: 3, 4, and 5-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Wilson Housing Authority (WHA) Public Housing waiting list for 3, 4, and 5-Bedroom apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least February, 2021, until further notice.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Pint the paper application online here. Select the "Public Housing Application" link.
  2. Pick up an application Monday-Thursday, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm ET, at one of the following locations:
  • Forrest Road Homes-502 Parkview St.
  • Whitfield Homes-633 E. Walnut St.
  • E.B. Jordan Homes- 1800-H Fountain Dr.
  • WHA Admin office- 301 E. Nash St.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to one of the locations noted above.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Involuntary Displacement
  • Veteran/Homeless
  • Working Family
    Defined as being self-employed, working an average of 20 hours or more a week for at least 11 months, or being seasonally employed for 2 years with the current employer and working 20 hours a week or more). Includes persons 62 years or older.

For more information, visit the WHA Public Housing page, or the WHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (252) 291-2245.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 02/03/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: 2-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Wilson Housing Authority (WHA) Public Housing waiting list for 2-Bedroom apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least February, 2021, until further notice.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Pint the paper application online here. Select the "Public Housing Application" link.
  2. Pick up an application Monday-Thursday, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm ET, at one of the following locations:
  • Forrest Road Homes-502 Parkview St.
  • Whitfield Homes-633 E. Walnut St.
  • E.B. Jordan Homes- 1800-H Fountain Dr.
  • WHA Admin office- 301 E. Nash St.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be emailed to dsims@wilsonha.org.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Involuntary Displacement
  • Veteran/Homeless
  • Working Family
    Defined as being self-employed, working an average of 20 hours or more a week for at least 11 months, or being seasonally employed for 2 years with the current employer and working 20 hours a week or more). Includes persons 62 years or older.

For more information, visit the WHA Public Housing page, or the WHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (252) 291-2245.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 02/03/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: C. Bruce Rose Plaza Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Wilson Housing Authority (WHA) waiting list for 1-Bedroom apartments at C. Bruce Rose Plaza is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least February, 2021, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, pick up an application Monday-Thursday, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm ET, at one of the following locations:

  • Forrest Road Homes-502 Parkview St.
  • Whitfield Homes-633 E. Walnut St.
  • E.B. Jordan Homes- 1800-H Fountain Dr.
  • WHA Admin office- 301 E. Nash St.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to one of the locations noted above.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Involuntary Displacement
  • Veteran/Homeless
  • Working Family
    Defined as being self-employed, working an average of 20 hours or more a week for at least 11 months, or being seasonally employed for 2 years with the current employer and working 20 hours a week or more). Includes persons 62 years or older.

For more information, visit the WHA Public Housing page, or the WHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (252) 291-2245.

Last Updated on 02/03/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Varita Court Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Senior Waiting List

The Wilson Housing Authority (WHA) Senior (62+) waiting list for 1 and 2-Bedroom apartments at Varita Cour is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least February, 2021, until further notice.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Print the application available online here. Select the "VARITA COURT APPLICATION" link.
  2. Pick up an application Monday-Thursday, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm ET, at one of the following locations:
  • Forrest Road Homes-502 Parkview St.
  • Whitfield Homes-633 E. Walnut St.
  • E.B. Jordan Homes- 1800-H Fountain Dr.
  • WHA Admin office- 301 E. Nash St.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to one of the locations noted above.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Involuntary Displacement
  • Veteran/Homeless
  • Working Family
    Defined as being self-employed, working an average of 20 hours or more a week for at least 11 months, or being seasonally employed for 2 years with the current employer and working 20 hours a week or more). Includes persons 62 years or older.

For more information, visit the WHA Public Housing page, or the WHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (252) 291-2245.

Last Updated on 02/03/2021.

Other Wilson Housing Authority Waiting Lists

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

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Wilson Housing Authority (WHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from February 8, 2021 until February 24, 2021. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Print the online paper application.
  2. Pick up an application from the WHA drop box located outside of the housing authority’s administrative office, or one of the WHA housing Partners.

Once the application was completed, it was either:

  1. Dropped off at the WHA drop box.
  2. Postmarked by February 24, 2021 and mailed to the Wilson Housing Authority.
  3. Emailed to the WHA.
  4. Faxed to the WHA.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • First Priority:
    • Involuntarily Displaced Persons – Applicants displaced by natural disaster declared by the President of the United States, through no fault of their own by a government action, permanently displaced by fire or who have been displaced by actions taken by the WHA will be placed at the top of the WHA’s waiting list.
  • Second Priority: 
    • Veterans – An applicant who has actively served in the US military and has been discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable will be placed at the top of the WHA’s waiting list behind only Involuntarily Displaced Persons. 
    • Homeless Families with Case Management Support – An applicant who meets one of the following criteria and who will be receiving regular on-site case management support from a local homeless services, social services or mental health agency for at least one year after moving into a voucher-assisted unit will be placed at the top of the WHA’s waiting list behind only Involuntarily Displaced Persons. The agency providing the case management services will be required to verify the homeless status of the individual or family and its commitment to continue providing those case management services for at least one year following move in prior to the WHA accepting the application under this preference. 
      • Individuals and families who for the last 90 days or more have been living in a place no meant for human habitation, in an emergency shelter, in transitional housing, or is exiting an institution where they temporarily resided (up to 90 days) if they were in a shelter or place not meant for human habitation before entering the institution. 
      • Unaccompanied youth and families with children and youth who are defined as homeless under other federal statutes who do not otherwise qualify as homeless under the definition above. 
    • Homeless Victims of Domestic Violence: Individuals and families who are fleeing, or are attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions that relate to violence against the individual or a family member will be placed at the top of the WHA’s waiting list behind only Involuntarily Displaced Persons if that individual or family is residing in a domestic violence shelter or transitional housing program as a result of that domestic violence. The domestic violence shelter or transitional housing program will be asked to verify the status of the individual or family prior to the WHA accepting the application under this preference.

250 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the WHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the WHA on February 3, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Wilson County, North Carolina.

Last Updated on 02/24/2021.

Closed: 1-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Wilson Housing Authority (WHA) Public Housing waiting list for 1-Bedroom apartments is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the WHA Public Housing page, or the WHA website.

Last Updated on 02/03/2021.

About Wilson Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Wilson Housing Authority may be available by phone at (252) 291-2245. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 04/10/2021, it is not known if Wilson 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 Wilson Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Wilson Housing Authority manages 636 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 Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 592 5 11 2
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $403 $402 $259 $1,267
Monthly Cost $238,504 $2,009 $2,848 $2,534

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.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Wilson Housing Authority

907 Starmount Cir W

907 Starmount Cir W
Wilson, North Carolina

Whitfield Homes

722 Hooks St S
Wilson, North Carolina

E B. Jordan Homes

213 Broad St W
Wilson, North Carolina