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 December 14th, 2019, Beaufort Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Beaufort County, South Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List will open on January 13th, 2020.

Beaufort Housing Authority serves Beaufort County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Beaufort County, South Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Open Soon

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) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least December, 2019, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, open and print the application online here. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and select the "Download application here" link.

Once the application has been completed it must be either:

  1. Mailed to:
    Beaufort Housing Authority
    Public Housing Application
    Post Office Box 1104
    Beaufort, SC 29901
  2. Hand delivered to the BHA Central Office, located at 1009 Prince St., Beaufort, SC 29902; from 8:30 am until 1:30 am ET, or by appointment.
  3. Hand delivered to the Yemassee Heights Office, located at 21 Castle Hall Rd., Yemassee, SC 29945; from 8:30 am until 1:30 am, or by appointment.
  4. Hand delivered to the Sandalwood Terrace Office, located at 8 Southwood Park Dr., Hilton Head Island, SC 29926; from 8:30 am until 1:30 am, or by appointment.

This waiting list has the following preferences: 

  • Head, spouse or sole member is working or has graduated from an institute of higher learning within the last six ( 6) months or who is attending on a regular basis, has satisfactory performance, and expects to graduate within 6-12 months. An institute of higher learning includes, but is not limited to colleges, universities and adult education.
    • Working families include applicant household whose head, spouse or sole member is age 62 or older or is receiving social security disability benefits, supplemental security income, disability benefits, or any other payment based on the individual inability to work.
  • Head, spouse, or sole member currently live in or work in or have been hired to work in the PHA' s jurisdictional area.
    • Working families include applicant household whose head, spouse or sole member is age 62 or older or is receiving social security disability benefits, supplemental security income, disability benefits, or any other payment based on the individual inability to work.
  • Displaced due to no fault of their own (fire, flood, disaster, condemnation or other governmental action). 
  • Single applicants that are elderly, disabled or displaced over other single applicants. 

For more information, visit the BHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the BHA website, as of December 5, 2019.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

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 12/05/2019.

Open Soon: Beaufort County, South Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Beaufort Housing Authority (BHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon. Applications will be accepted from January 13, 2020, until January 20, 2020.

To apply during the opening period, complete an application at the Beaufort Housing Authority, located at 1009 Prince Street, Beaufort SC 29902.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Displaced person(s): Individuals or families displaced by government action or whose dwelling has been extensively damaged or destroyed as a result of a disaster declared or otherwise formally recognized pursuant to Federal Disaster Relief Laws.
  • Residents in the Beaufort Housing Authority Public Housing Program who are required to move and who cannot be placed in another public housing unit.
  • Applicants whose head, spouse or sole member is working or has graduated from an institute of higher learning within the last six (6) months or who is attending on a regular basis , has satisfactory performance, and expects to graduate within 6- 12 months. An institute of higher learning includes but is not limited to colleges, universities, and adult education. 28 Employment must be current and have lasted a minimum of 30 calendar days prior to the time the preference is claimed. The employment must provide a minimum of 20 hours of work per week for the family member claiming the preference. Working families include applicant households whose head, spouse, or sole member is age 62 or older or is receiving social security disability benefits , supplemental security income (SSI) ,or any other payment based on the individual’s inability to work.
  • Applicants whose head, spouse, or sole member currently live in or work in or have been hired to work in Beaufort County. E. All other applicants who do not meet the definitions in the other preference categories.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the BHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the BHA website, as of December 4, 2019.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Beaufort County, South Carolina.

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. Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) is accessible through the SC Relay Center-phone 1-800-735-2905.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 12/09/2019.

About Beaufort Housing Authority

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

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 12/14/2019, 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.


Public Housing Operated by Beaufort Housing Authority

Sandlewood Terrace

8 Southwood Park Dr
Hilton Head Island, SC

Yemassee Heights

1650 Ribaut Rd
Port Royal, SC