About Beaufort Housing Authority

The Beaufort Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Beaufort, South Carolina.

The Beaufort Housing Authority serves Beaufort.

Beaufort Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

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 http://www.beaufortha.com/, or by calling 843-525-7059, during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 07/02/2015.

More information about Beaufort Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.beaufortha.com/.


About the Beaufort Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Beaufort Housing Authority manages 542 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 Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 523 1 9 9
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $508 $531 $1,262 $511
Monthly Cost $265,817 $531 $11,360 $4,599

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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