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Chattanooga Housing Authority

801 N Holtzclaw Avenue
Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee 37404

Chattanooga Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of March 1st, 2021, Chattanooga Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Chattanooga Housing Authority serves Hamilton County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Chattanooga Housing Authority Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Hamilton County, Tennessee Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Chattanooga Housing Authority 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.

Chattanooga Housing Authority Website:

Chattanooga Housing Authority Phone: (423) 752-4893.

Open Until Further Notice: 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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.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 Chattanooga Housing Authority (CHA) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least September, 2018, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, print the application online here. Select the "LIPH Application" link under the "Important Documents" section.

Once the application has been completed, it must be either mailed to PO Box 1486, Chattanooga, TN 37401, or hand delivered to any of the management offices that are listed on the last page of the application.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Require an apartment that provides accommodation for handicap/disabled persons, require witness protection as requested and documented by a law enforcement entity, displaced by natural disaster, displaced by government action, employed consistently for one year.

For more information, visit the HCA Low Income Public Housing Program page, or the CHA website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Chattanooga, 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) 752-4893.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 01/21/2020.

Other Chattanooga Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Hamilton County, Tennessee Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Chattanooga Housing Authority (CHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted for one day only on January 15, 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.

The maximum income limits for each household size were as follows:

  • 1 person $23,750   | 5 persons $36,650        
  • 2 persons $27,150 | 6 persons $39,350      
  • 3 persons $30,550 | 7 persons $42,050      
  • 4 persons $33,900 | 8 persons $44,750      

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

1,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

Persons who applied can check if they were placed on the waiting list here.

For more information, visit the CHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the CHA website, as of January 13, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Hamilton County, Tennessee.

Last Updated on 07/14/2020.

About Chattanooga Housing Authority

More information about Chattanooga Housing Authority can be found on its website at

Representatives of Chattanooga Housing Authority may be available by phone at (423) 752-4893. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

Office Hours

Open today from 8:30am to 5:00pm ET.

Day Hours
Monday 8:30am-5:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am-5:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am-5:00pm
Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm
Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
HCV Portability Status

As of 03/01/2021, it is not known if Chattanooga Housing Authority 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 Chattanooga Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Chattanooga Housing Authority manages 3,367 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 Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 3,011 16 7 3 24 102 201
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $536 $289 $861 $283 $683 $424 $472
Monthly Cost $1,614,453 $4,618 $6,028 $848 $16,400 $43,234 $94,849

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Chattanooga 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 13% having issued approximately 277 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 8 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 16 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $10,916 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 74% were extremely low income (ELI). 32% 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 54% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

5% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 63% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 19% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 14% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 0% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

57% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 55% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

84% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 82% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Chattanooga Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 17% include at least one person with a disability. 28% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 70% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

16% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 47% with 2 bedrooms and 38% with 3 or more bedrooms. 24% 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 Chattanooga Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $299 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $574. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $170.

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 Chattanooga Housing Authority

Oaks at Camden

1655 Mossy Oaks Drive
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Villages at Alton Park

3750 Hughes Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Market Rate

Mary Walker Towers

2505 S Market St
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Call For Rent
1 BR

Gateway Towers

1100 Gateway Ave
Chattanooga, Tennessee

College Hill Courts

1300 Grove St Ct
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

East Lake Courts

2600 4th Ave
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Emma Wheeler Homes

4900 Edinburg Drive
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Boynton Terrace Apartments

955 Boynton Dr
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Cromwell Hills Apartments

3940 Camella Drive
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Dogwood Manor

959 Gateway Ave
Chattanooga, Tennessee