Chester Housing Authority

2678 Dawson Drive, Building 100
Chester, Chester County, South Carolina 29706

Chester Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Chester, South Carolina that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of February 19th, 2020, Chester Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Chester Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Chester Housing Authority serves Chester.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Chester Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Chester Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Chester Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Chester Housing Authority (CHA) is currently accepting Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications. It opened in August 2014. This waiting list is open indefinitely. 

There are two ways to apply:

1. Visit the HACC to pick up an application, located at 2678 Dawson Dr., Building 100, Chester, SC 29706, between the hours of 8:30 am until 5:00 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

2. Download the application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered on Tuesdays, between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Be sure to include these documents with your application: social security cards, birth certificates, social security cards, photo IDs for all adult household members, and documented proof if claiming a preference.

The HACC does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: employed at least 20 hours a week, elderly, disabled, displaced by government action, displaced by a natural disaster.

More information can be found by visiting the HACC website at http://chesterha-sc.org/, or by calling 803-581-6981, between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (803)581-6981.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/14/2017.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Chester (HACC) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The HACC offers one Public Housing community with 112 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the HACC to pick up an application, located at 2678 Dawson Dr., Building 100, Chester, SC 29706, between the hours of 8:30 am until 5:00 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
2. Download the application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered on Tuesdays, between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Be sure to include these documents with your application: social security cards, birth certificates, social security cards, photo IDs for all adult household members, and documented proof if claiming a preference.

The HACC does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: employed at least 20 hours a week, elderly, disabled, displaced by government action, displaced by a natural disaster.

More information can be found by visiting the HACC website at http://chesterha-sc.org/, or by calling 803-581-6981 between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (803)581-6981.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/02/2015.

About Chester Housing Authority

More information about Chester Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://chesterha-sc.org/.

Representatives of Chester Housing Authority may be available by phone at (803) 581-6981. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 02/19/2020, it is not known if Chester 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 Chester Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Chester Housing Authority manages 207 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2019:

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 196 11
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $352 $982
Monthly Cost $69,035 $10,806

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Chester 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 15 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 8 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 27 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $10,891 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 60% were extremely low income (ELI). 37% of households had wages as a major source of income, 0% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 58% 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, 54% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 16% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

54% of households included children, -1% of which had two adults in the household. 53% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

83% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 83% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Chester Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 19% include at least one person with a disability. 36% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 77% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

30% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 42% with 2 bedrooms and 28% with 3 or more bedrooms. 17% 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 Chester Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $282 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $421. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $165.



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 Chester Housing Authority

Arthur Underwood Manor

2678 Dawson Dr
Chester, South Carolina