Housing Authority of the City of Charleston

550 Meeting St
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina 29403

Housing Authority of the City of Charleston is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.

Housing Authority of the City of Charleston serves Charleston.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Charleston, South Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Closed
0-Bedroom Public Housing Closed
5-Bedroom Public Housing Closed
4-Bedroom Public Housing Closed
3-Bedroom Public Housing Closed
2-Bedroom Public Housing Closed
1-Bedroom Public Housing Closed

Other Housing Authority of the City of Charleston Waiting Lists

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Housing Authority of the City of Charleston Website: https://www.chacity.org/.

Housing Authority of the City of Charleston Phone: (843) 720-3970.

Closed: Charleston, South Carolina Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston (HACC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed.

The HACC last accepted applications for one day on October 21, 201. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

The waiting list closed after 1,000 applications were accepted.

For more information, visit the HACC website.

Last Updated on 10/21/2021.

Closed: 0-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The City of Charleston Housing Authority (CHA) 0-Bedroom Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted on March 14, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Elderly, Working/Employed, Victims of Domestic Violence, Displaced by Natural Disaster, Job Training or Higher Education.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the CHA website.

Last Updated on 08/08/2019.

Closed: 5-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The City of Charleston Housing Authority (CHA) waiting list for 5-Bedroom Public Housing apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted for one day on June 8, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the CHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the CHA public notice, as of June 8, 2020.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 06/09/2020.

Closed: 4-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The City of Charleston Housing Authority (CHA) waiting list for 4-Bedroom Public Housing apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted for one day on June 9, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the CHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the CHA public notice, as of June 8, 2020.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 06/10/2020.

Closed: 3-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The City of Charleston Housing Authority (CHA) waiting list for 3-Bedroom Public Housing apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted for one day on June 10, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the CHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the CHA public notice, as of June 8, 2020.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 06/11/2020.

Closed: 2-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The City of Charleston Housing Authority (CHA) waiting list for 2-Bedroom Public Housing apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted for one day on June 11, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the CHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the CHA public notice, as of June 8, 2020.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 06/12/2020.

Closed: 1-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The City of Charleston Housing Authority (CHA) waiting list for 1-Bedroom Public Housing apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted for one day on June 12, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the CHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the CHA public notice, as of June 8, 2020.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 12/10/2020.

About Housing Authority of the City of Charleston

More information about Housing Authority of the City of Charleston can be found on its website at https://www.chacity.org/.

Representatives of Housing Authority of the City of Charleston may be available by phone at (843) 720-3970. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status online at https://chacity.myhousing.com/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/09/2021, it is not known if Housing Authority of the City of Charleston 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 the City of Charleston Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of the City of Charleston manages 1,391 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 Homeownership Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,034 10 28 319
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $730 $563 $880 $569
Monthly Cost $754,357 $5,626 $24,641 $181,662

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the City of Charleston

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 11% having issued approximately 130 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 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 19 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 $13,020 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 40% 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 59% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 49% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 25% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

47% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 47% of households with children have a female head of household. 78% of all households were headed by a female.

91% 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 Housing Authority of the City of Charleston Housing Choice Voucher program, 19% include at least one person with a disability. 29% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 76% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

25% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 43% with 2 bedrooms and 32% with 3 or more bedrooms. 26% 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 the City of Charleston voucher holders in 2016 was $350 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $589. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $152.



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 the City of Charleston

Robert Mills Manor

125 Logan St
Charleston, South Carolina

Reid Street

44 Reid St
Charleston, South Carolina

Meeting Street Manor

242 Hanover St
Charleston, South Carolina

Gadsden Green Homes

16 Allway St
Charleston, South Carolina