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Bristol Housing

204 Bluff City Hwy
Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee 37620

Bristol Housing is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, and Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) programs. As of March 8th, 2021, Bristol Housing has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Bristol Housing serves Blountville, Bluff City, Bristol and Piney Flats.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Bristol, Piney Flats, Blountville and Bluff City, Tennessee Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Efficiency, 2, 3, and 4-Bedroom Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
1 and 5-Bedroom Public Housing Closed

Open Bristol Housing Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Bristol Housing Website: http://www.bristol-housing.com/.

Bristol Housing Phone: (423) 274-8150.

COVID-19 Update: As of May 4, 2020, the Bristol Housing website says:

"Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, our office is closed to the public until further notice."

More information can be found here.

Open Until Further Notice: Bristol, Piney Flats, Blountville and Bluff City, Tennessee 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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.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 Bristol Housing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least May, 2020, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Domestic Violence - Have you been a resident at a state certified abuse shelter or participating in a program of a state certified abuse shelter for a minimum of two (2) weeks?
  • Displacement due to Eminent Domain - Have you been displaced from your home due to government action such as Eminent Domain? Example: Did Federal or State Government purchase the property you owned or rented in order to build a highway, etc.
  • Displacement due to Federally Declared Disaster - An example of a Federally Declared Disaster would be Hurricane Katrina
  • Port-In (Applies to HCV Program only) - You have been issued a voucher by another housing authority and want to have Bristol Housing administer that voucher
  • Has served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

For more information, visit the Bristol Housing Apply for Housing page, or the Bristol Housing website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Bristol, Piney Flats, Blountville and Bluff City, Tennessee.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (423) 274-8150.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/04/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Efficiency, 2, 3, and 4-Bedroom 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 Bristol Housing waiting list for Efficiency, 2, 3, and 4-Bedroom Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least July, 2015, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, call (423) 274-8150 from 8:00 am until 11:30 am, and from 12:15 pm until 3:00 pm ET; Monday through Thursday.

For more information, visit the Bristol Housing Apply for Housing page, or the Bristol Housing website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Bristol, Tennessee. 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 (423) 274-8150.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/04/2020.

Other Bristol Housing Waiting Lists

Closed: 1 and 5-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Bristol Housing waiting list for 1 and 5-Bedroom Public Housing apartments is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the Bristol Housing Apply for Housing page, or the Bristol Housing website.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 05/04/2020.

About Bristol Housing

More information about Bristol Housing can be found on its website at http://www.bristol-housing.com/.

Representatives of Bristol Housing may be available by phone at (423) 274-8150. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 03/08/2021, it is not known if Bristol Housing 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.

Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Program

For more information, call Bristol Housing at (423) 274-8150, Ext. 111.


About the Bristol Housing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Bristol Housing manages 211 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Homeownership VASH
Vouchers 202 6 3
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $369 $334 $276
Monthly Cost $74,469 $2,001 $828

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Bristol Housing

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 32% having issued approximately 7 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 4 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 8 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $11,454 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 61% were extremely low income (ELI). 28% 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 69% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

6% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 46% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 27% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 21% 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.

44% of households included children, 10% of which had two adults in the household. 36% of households with children have a female head of household. 76% of all households were headed by a female.

10% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 8% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Bristol Housing Housing Choice Voucher program, 26% include at least one person with a disability. 49% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 49% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

26% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 43% with 2 bedrooms and 31% with 3 or more bedrooms. 28% 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 Bristol Housing voucher holders in 2016 was $278 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $500. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $131.



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 Bristol Housing

Family Units

600 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Bristol, Tennessee

Edgemont Towers

100 Ash St
Bristol, Tennessee