Albemarle County Office of Housing

1600 5th St
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

Albemarle County Office of Housing is a Public Housing Agency in Charlottesville, Virginia that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) programs. As of September 17th, 2019, Albemarle County Office of Housing has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Project Based Rental Assistance Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Albemarle County Office of Housing serves Albemarle County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Project Based Rental Assistance Open Until Further Notice

Open Albemarle County Office of Housing Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Project Based Rental Assistance Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Albemarle County Office of Housing (ACOH) Project Based Rental Assistance waiting list is currently open, since at least May, 2019, 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 application link under the "We are currently accepting applications for" section.

For more information, visit the ACOH website here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (434) 972-4010.

Last Updated on 05/08/2019.

About Albemarle County Office of Housing

More information about Albemarle County Office of Housing can be found on its website at http://www.albemarle.org/department.asp?department=housing. Representatives of Albemarle County Office of Housing may be available by phone at (434) 972-4010. Unless otherwise noted applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 09/17/2019, it is not known if Albemarle County Office of 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.


About the Albemarle County Office of Housing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Albemarle County Office of Housing manages 305 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 271 20 13 1
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $654 $764 $620 $1,166
Monthly Cost $177,222 $15,274 $8,058 $1,166

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Albemarle County Office of 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 14% having issued approximately 28 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 41 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $16,394 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 66% were extremely low income (ELI). 42% 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 55% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 56% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 22% 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.

47% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 44% of households with children have a female head of household. 84% of all households were headed by a female.

66% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 64% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Albemarle County Office of Housing Housing Choice Voucher program, 24% include at least one person with a disability. 34% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 82% 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, 38% with 2 bedrooms and 36% with 3 or more bedrooms. 25% 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 Albemarle County Office of Housing voucher holders in 2016 was $379 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $835. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $99.



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.