Housing Authority of Lancaster

3502 Caroline Court
Lancaster, Lancaster County, South Carolina 29720

Housing Authority of Lancaster is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, and Family Self-Sufficiency programs. As of May 27th, 2022, Housing Authority of Lancaster has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Housing Authority of Lancaster serves Lancaster.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Housing Authority of Lancaster Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Lancaster, South Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Housing Authority of Lancaster Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Lancaster (HAL) Public Housing waiting list for 1, 2, 3 and 4-Bedroom apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted from August 2, 2021, until further notice.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period: 

  1. Complete an application in person at the HAL main office, located at 3502 Caroline Ct, Lancaster, SC 29720; every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am, and 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.
  2. Print the paper application available here. Scroll down, and select the "Preliminary application for admission and the Authorization for Release of Information" links.

Once the application has been completed, it must be either:

  1. Mailed to the Housing Authority of Lancaster, 3502 Caroline Ct, Lancaster, SC 29720.
  2. Dropped off in person to the HAL main office, address mentioned above.
  3. Emailed to Halinfo@lancasterha.org.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received.

For more information, visit the HAL website.

Sources: This information was verified by a representative of the HAL on July 29, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Lancaster, 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 (803) 285-7214.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 03/09/2022.

Other Housing Authority of Lancaster Waiting Lists

Closed: Lancaster, South Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Lancaster (HAL) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is closed.

The HAL last accepted Section 8 HCV applications for this waiting list for one day only on January 20, 2022. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Print the paper application.
  2. Pick up an application from the HAL office.

Once the application was completed, it was returned to the HAL office.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Lancaster County Elderly and Disabled Persons/Family ( 4 Points)
  • Lancaster County Families (3 Points)
  • Lancaster County Single Members (2 Points)
  • Non-Lancaster County Persons (1 Point)

It was not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the HAL website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HAL on January 10, 2022.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 01/20/2022.

About Housing Authority of Lancaster

More information about Housing Authority of Lancaster can be found on its website at https://lancasterha.org/.

Representatives of Housing Authority of Lancaster may be available by phone at (803) 285-7214. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 05/27/2022, it is not known if Housing Authority of Lancaster 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 Housing Authority of Lancaster Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of Lancaster manages 235 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, 2021:

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 233 2
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $502 $1,007
Monthly Cost $116,887 $2,014

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of Lancaster

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 8% having issued approximately 29 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 11 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 47 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 $11,966 per year. 89% of households were very low income (VLI) and 65% were extremely low income (ELI). 34% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 63% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 64% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 14% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 21% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

56% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 56% of households with children have a female head of household. 94% of all households were headed by a female.

91% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 91% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of Lancaster Housing Choice Voucher program, 14% 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. 60% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

8% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 27% with 2 bedrooms and 65% with 3 or more bedrooms. 36% 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 Housing Authority of Lancaster voucher holders in 2016 was $324 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $482. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $197.



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 Housing Authority of Lancaster

Caroline Courts

102 Caroline Ct
Lancaster, South Carolina