About City of Aiken Housing Authority

The City of Aiken Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Aiken, South Carolina.

The City of Aiken Housing Authority serves Aiken.

City of Aiken Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

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

Please note: Only the one and four bedroom waiting list is open at this time.

The AHA offers Public Housing communities with 242 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply, visit the AHA on the third Tuesday of the month to submit an application in person. The AHA is located at 100 Rogers Terrace, Aiken, SC 29801.

Please note: If you are disabled or elderly, an application can be mailed to you by calling 803-649-6673, during normal office hours.

Be sure to include these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

The AHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: elderly, disabled, or displaced.

More information can be found by visiting the AHA website at http://aikenhousing.org, or by calling 803-649-6673, during normal office hours.

Summary

  • What: City of Aiken Housing Authority Public Housing Opening
  • Preferences For: The Elderly. Those Displaced by Natural Disaster. Those Displaced by Government Action. Persons with Disabilities.

  • A waiting list with preferences means that applicants who qualify for the preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of the preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance. Learn More About Preferences.

Last Updated on 07/02/2015.


About the City of Aiken Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the City of Aiken Housing Authority manages 844 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 829 5 2 8
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $459 $515 $381 $630
Monthly Cost $380,735 $2,576 $762 $5,039

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for City of Aiken 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 10% having issued approximately 83 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 6 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 44 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.7 persons and has a household income of $12,376 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 67% were extremely low income (ELI). 39% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 56% 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, 65% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 17% 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.

63% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 62% of households with children have a female head of household. 95% of all households were headed by a female.

92% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 90% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the City of Aiken Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 11% include at least one person with a disability. 22% 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, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 54% with 3 or more bedrooms. 29% 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 City of Aiken Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $310 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $529. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $201.



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.


Affordable Apartments near City of Aiken Housing Authority

1342 Hayne Ave SW
Arh, Inc is a 8 unit low income housing apartment community in Aiken.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Project Based Rental Assistance Accessible Units Persons With Disabilities
100 Council Cir
Windham House, Inc is a 47 unit low income housing apartment community in Aiken.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units
105 Northgate Cir
Northgate Apartments is a 20 unit low income housing apartment community in Aiken.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Project Based Rental Assistance Accessible Units Persons With Disabilities