Housing Authority of Lancaster

3502 Caroline Court
Lancaster, Lancaster County, South Carolina
(803) 285-7214

Housing Authority of Lancaster is a public housing agency in Lancaster, South Carolina that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of December 14th, 2018, Housing Authority of Lancaster has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Housing Authority of Lancaster serves Lancaster.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Indefinitely

Open Housing Authority of Lancaster Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Public Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Lancaster (HAL) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families.

Please note: The one bedroom waiting list is currently closed.

The HAL offers one Public Housing community with 140 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply, visit the HAL to submit an application in person, located at 3502 Caroline Ct, Lancaster, SC 29720, between the hours of 9:00 am until 11:00 am, and 1:30 pm until 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Note: Wednesday does not have afternoon hours.

Be sure to bring these documents with you when applying: birth certificates, social security cards, photo IDs for all adult household members. All adults must be present when applying.

No preferences were noted.

For more information, the HAL can be reached by calling (803) 285-7214, between the hours of 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, and 8:00 am until 12:00 pm on Wednesday.

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 07/02/2015.

About Housing Authority of Lancaster

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/14/2018, it is not known if Housing Authority of Lancaster is aborbing 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 most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of Lancaster manages 232 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 230 2
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $449 $1,128
Monthly Cost $103,180 $2,255

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 Operated by Housing Authority of Lancaster

102 Caroline Ct
Lancaster, South Carolina
Caroline Courts is a 140 unit low income housing apartment community in Lancaster.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
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