About Memphis Housing Authority

The Memphis Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Memphis Housing Authority serves Memphis.

Memphis Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Memphis Housing Authority (MHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications. Waiting lists for a specific property or bedroom size may be closed. 

To apply, pick up an application at a property with an open waiting list, from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm CT, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Property addresses and waiting list status can be found here.

Persons on the waiting list can check their status and update application information by contacting the property. Property addresses and phone numbers can be found in the link above.

For more information, visit the MHA website, or call the office at (901) 544-1113.

Last Updated on 10/09/2017.

Memphis, Tennessee Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Memphis Housing Authority (MHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for five days in October 2017; and prior to that in 2013. 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 preference: MHA Public Housing residents.

15,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences. About 12 weeks after the lottery process has completed, all applicants will receive a letter informing them if they have been placed on the waiting list.

Applicants received a receipt number after submitting the application. It is important to keep this information in a safe and easy to access place.

If any application information changes after applying, write a letter to the MHA at:

Memphis Housing Authority
Housing Choice Voucher Program
700 Adams Avenue
Memphis, TN 38105

For more information, visit the MHA website, or call the office at (901) 544-1113.

Last Updated on 10/13/2017.

More information about Memphis Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://memphisha.org/.


About the Memphis Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Memphis Housing Authority manages 7,737 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 6,454 34 800 100 345
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $552 $380 $630 $843 $341
Monthly Cost $3,560,501 $12,906 $504,006 $84,284 $117,595

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Memphis 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 586 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 9 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 2.8 persons and has a household income of $11,712 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 73% were extremely low income (ELI). 34% 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 63% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 66% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 19% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 11% 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.

61% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 60% of households with children have a female head of household. 90% of all households were headed by a female.

99% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 95% of all heads of households being Black and 3% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Memphis Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 14% include at least one person with a disability. 23% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 74% 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, 30% with 2 bedrooms and 57% 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 Memphis Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $319 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $680. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $165.



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 Operated by Memphis Housing Authority

669 N 3rd St
Memphis, Tennessee
Magnolia Terrace is a 69 unit low income housing apartment community in Memphis.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Public Housing Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
252 North Lauderdale Street
Memphis, Tennessee
Uptown Square Apartments is a 347 unit low income housing apartment community that provides St.-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Memphis. Rents at Uptown Square Apartments are $715-925.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
855 S 4th St
Memphis, Tennessee
Latham Terrace is a 80 unit low income housing apartment community in Memphis.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Public Housing Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
534 North Second Street
Memphis, Tennessee
Uptown Homes is a 106 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 2-5 bedroom apartments for rent in Memphis.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
838 Walker Ave
Memphis, Tennessee
Forty Homes for Lemoyne Gardens is a 107 unit low income housing apartment community in Memphis.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Public Housing Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers