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James City County Office of Housing

5320 Palmer Lane
Williamsburg, Virginia 23188

James City County Office of Housing is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. As of October 27th, 2020, James City County Office of Housing has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List will open on October 29th, 2020.

James City County Office of Housing serves James City County and Williamsburg.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Open Soon
James City County and Williamsburg, Virginia Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open James City County Office of Housing 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.

James City County Office of Housing Website: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/237/Housing.

James City County Office of Housing Phone: (757) 259-5340.

COVID-19 Update: As of October 19, 2020, the James City County Office of Housing website says:

"The Housing Office is currently open to the public by appointment only. 

Paperwork may be submitted to the Housing Office by mail, email, fax, or left in the drop box on the front of the building. In-person appointments will only be made if no other option is available."

Open Soon: Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The James City County Office of Housing Mainstream Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon. Applications will be accepted for one day only from October 29, 2020 at 9:00 am, until 6:00 pm ET.

Please note: According to the James City County Office of Housing, "Only households including a member meeting the requirements of non-elderly (defined as at least 18 years old and not yet 62), with disabilities, living/working in James City County, transitioning out of institutional or other segregated settings and currently a participant in a permanent supportive housing or rapid rehousing project will be selected."

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

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Current residents of James City County.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information visit the James City County Office of Housing website.

Sources: This information was verified by the James City County Office of Housing public notice, as of October 19, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in James City County and Williamsburg, Virginia.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (757) 259-5340.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 10/19/2020.

Other James City County Office of Housing Waiting Lists

Closed: James City County and Williamsburg, Virginia Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The James City County Office of Housing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from September 11, 2020, until September 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.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Any family that has been involuntarily displaced by government action or by natural disaster or other national emergency in the PHA’s jurisdiction.
  • Victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, as described in Section 4-III.C.
  • Any family that lives in James City County.
  • Any family that has been terminated from its HCV program due to insufficient program funding.
  • Non-elderly person with disabilities who are transitioning out institutional or other segregated setting/previously experienced homelessness and currently a client in a permanent supportive housing or rapid rehousing project.

300 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the James City County Office of Housing website.

Sources: This information was verified by the Virginia Gazette public notice, as of September 10, 2020

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in James City County and Williamsburg, Virginia.

Last Updated on 10/19/2020.

About James City County Office of Housing

More information about James City County Office of Housing can be found on its website at https://jamescitycountyva.gov/237/Housing.

Representatives of James City County Office of Housing may be available by phone at (757) 259-5340. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/27/2020, it is not known if James City 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 James City County Office of Housing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, James City County Office of Housing manages 147 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 VASH
Vouchers 139 1 7
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $632 $892 $640
Monthly Cost $87,809 $892 $4,481

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for James City 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 8% having issued approximately 15 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 10 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 95 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.7 persons and has a household income of $15,114 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 68% were extremely low income (ELI). 52% 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 42% 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, 70% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 17% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 13% 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.

61% of households included children, -1% of which had two adults in the household. 62% of households with children have a female head of household. 93% of all households were headed by a female.

83% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 81% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the James City County Office of Housing Housing Choice Voucher program, 16% 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. 60% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

6% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 45% with 2 bedrooms and 49% with 3 or more bedrooms. 20% 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 James City County Office of Housing voucher holders in 2016 was $390 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $555. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $108.



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.