Chattanooga Housing Authority

801 N Holtzclaw Avenue
Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee 37404

Chattanooga Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Chattanooga, Tennessee that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of November 21st, 2019, Chattanooga Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Chattanooga Housing Authority serves Hamilton County.

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

Open Chattanooga Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Chattanooga Housing Authority (CHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, download and print the application online here. Select the "LIPH Application" link under the Important Documents section.

Once the application has been completed, it can be 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 CHA website, or call the office at (423) 752-4893.

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 09/12/2018.

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 open for one day only, on September 13, 2018, from 12:01 am until 11:59 pm ET. It was last open for one day in March, 2017; and before that for one day in October, 2015, and for one day in January, 2015.

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

If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a computer at a local library, or at one of the locations listed here.

There are no preferences.

1,000 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery. Applicants can check if they were one of the 1,000 drawn here.

This opening is a lottery, which means that the date and time the application is submitted has no impact on waiting list placement. If the application does not load because of high traffic, wait a moment and refresh the page. The application is online only, and no paper applications will be available or accepted. Only one application per household will be accepted. If there are any difficulties in submitting the online application, contact the housing authority.

For more information, visit the CHA website, or call the office at (423) 708-0980.

Last Updated on 11/13/2018.

About Chattanooga Housing Authority

More information about Chattanooga Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.chahousing.org/.

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.

HCV Portability Status

As of 11/21/2019, 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 most recent VMS report, Chattanooga Housing Authority manages 3,312 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,952 18 1 3 28 94 213
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $523 $309 $249 $126 $919 $398 $445
Monthly Cost $1,542,598 $5,554 $249 $379 $25,738 $37,394 $94,858

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.


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