Beaufort Housing Authority

1009 Prince Street
Beaufort, Beaufort County, South Carolina 29902

Beaufort Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Beaufort, South Carolina that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of October 16th, 2019, Beaufort Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Beaufort Housing Authority serves Beaufort.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Beaufort Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

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

The BHA offers three Public Housing communities with 291 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the BHA to pick up an application, located at 1009 Prince St., Beaufort, SC, between the hours of 8:30 am until 11:30 am, Monday-Friday.
2. Download the application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, between the hours of 8:30 am until 11:30 am, Monday-Friday.

Be sure to include these documents with your application: photo IDs for all adult household members, Social Security Cards, birth certificates, current print out of food stamp benefits, divorce papers or proof of separation if applicable, foster care license if applicable, last year's tax returns, proof of all income, proof of school papers for adults if applicable.

The BHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: displaced by natural disaster, displaced by government action, working families, enrolled in an institution of higher learning, families who live and/or work in Beaufort County, elderly, or disabled.

More information can be found by visiting the BHA website at, or by calling 843-525-7059, during normal office hours.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (843)525-7059.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/02/2015.

About Beaufort Housing Authority

More information about Beaufort Housing Authority can be found on its website at

Representatives of Beaufort Housing Authority may be available by phone at (843) 525-7059. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/16/2019, it is not known if Beaufort 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 Beaufort Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Beaufort Housing Authority manages 547 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 525 1 5 6 10
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $547 $418 $1,168 $629 $626
Monthly Cost $286,925 $418 $5,838 $3,773 $6,256

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Beaufort 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 37 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 24 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 $16,175 per year. 89% of households were very low income (VLI) and 60% were extremely low income (ELI). 51% 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 48% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

8% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 65% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 16% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 12% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 0% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

66% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 65% of households with children have a female head of household. 93% of all households were headed by a female.

88% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 87% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Beaufort Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 10% include at least one person with a disability. 17% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 48% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

10% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 42% with 2 bedrooms and 48% with 3 or more bedrooms. 25% 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 Beaufort Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $354 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $637. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $177.

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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