About Marion Redevelopment & Housing Authority

The Marion Redevelopment & Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Marion, Virginia.

Marion Redevelopment & Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

The Marion Redevelopment and Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

This housing authority has 238 units in 6 communities, located throughout Marion County. For a full listing of the different communities, please follow this link.

To apply for public housing, please follow this link for the online application.

Once your application has been submitted you will receive a letter or phone call, informing you of the date and time of your interview, to complete the application process, and what you will need to bring with you.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list as: employed, elderly, or disabled.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://marionrha.com/. The housing authority can also be reached with any questions you may have by calling 276-783-3381, during normal office hours.


  • What: Marion Redevelopment & Housing Authority Public Housing Opening
  • Preferences For: The Elderly. Persons with Disabilities.

  • A waiting list with preferences means that applicants who qualify for the preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of the preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance. Learn More About Preferences.

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.

Marion Redevelopment & Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Open Indefinitely

The Marion Redevelopment Housing Authority (VA) has opened the waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program; no closing date has been identified.

Marion, VA is approximately 1.5 hours southwest of Roanoke, VA; 4 hours west of Richmond; 2.5 hours northwest of Charlotte, NC; and 3.5 hours northwest of Winston-Salem, NC.

Pre-applications are being accepted online only at http://marionrha.com/Default.aspx

NOTE: You must be able to come to Marion, Virginia to complete the process or you will be removed from the pre-application wait list.

Preferences and how the waiting list will be determined have not been identified at this time.

Last Updated on 07/22/2015.

About the Marion Redevelopment & Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Marion Redevelopment & Housing Authority manages 207 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Vouchers 207
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $309
Monthly Cost $63,897

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Marion Redevelopment & 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 10% having issued approximately 21 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 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 42 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.8 persons and has a household income of $10,234 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 73% were extremely low income (ELI). 20% 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 79% 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, 43% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 27% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

30% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 26% of households with children have a female head of household. 81% of all households were headed by a female.

4% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 3% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Marion Redevelopment & Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 40% include at least one person with a disability. 55% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 91% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

11% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 57% with 2 bedrooms and 33% with 3 or more bedrooms. 53% 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 Marion Redevelopment & Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $239 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $385. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $126.

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.