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Cleveland Housing Authority

450 Walker Street NE
Cleveland, Bradley County, Tennessee 37311

Cleveland Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of August 6th, 2020, Cleveland Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Cleveland Housing Authority serves Bradley County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Cleveland Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Cleveland 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.

Cleveland Housing Authority Website: http://www.clevelandhousingauthority.org.

Cleveland Housing Authority Phone: (423) 479-9659.

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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.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 Cleveland Housing Authority (CHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The CHA offers four Public Housing community with 432 units ranging in size from 1 to 5 bedrooms for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply, download the application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to 450 Walker St. NE, Cleveland, Tennessee 37320, from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm EDT, Monday-Friday.

Be sure to include these documents with your application: Birth certificates, Social Security Cards, proof of all income, photo IDs for all adult household members, and information about current and past landlords.

No preferences were noted.

For more information, the CHA can be reached by calling (423) 479-9659, from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (423)479-9659.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 08/04/2015.

Other Cleveland Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Cleveland Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Cleveland Housing Authority (CHA), which covers Bradley County, TN, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day only in June 2015. There is no notice of when the waiting list will reopen.


To apply, applicants could visit the CHA to pick up an application, located at 450 Walker St., Cleveland, TN 37320.


The CHA did have a preference point system that may have improved your spot on the waiting list: elderly, disabled, or live and or work in Bradley County.


More information can be found by visiting the CHA website at wwwclevelandhousingauthority.com, or by calling 423-479-9659 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 07/20/2015.

About Cleveland Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Cleveland Housing Authority may be available by phone at (423) 479-9659. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 08/06/2020, it is not known if Cleveland 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 Cleveland Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Cleveland Housing Authority manages 192 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 Ported Out
Vouchers 190 2
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $433 $964
Monthly Cost $82,203 $1,927

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Cleveland 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 8% having issued approximately 25 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 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 10 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $10,918 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 65% were extremely low income (ELI). 24% 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 64% 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, 63% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 18% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 18% 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.

56% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 53% of households with children have a female head of household. 92% of all households were headed by a female.

50% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 44% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Cleveland Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 23% include at least one person with a disability. 40% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 92% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

13% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 42% with 2 bedrooms and 45% 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 Cleveland Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $265 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $533. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $101.



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 Cleveland Housing Authority

Samuel Melton Cooper Eld.

330 6th St NE
Cleveland, Tennessee