About Kennewick Housing Authority

The Kennewick Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Kennewick, Washington.

The Kennewick Housing Authority serves Kennewick.

Kennewick Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

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

This housing authority offers one community for families ranging in size from 1 to 4 bedrooms, and one community dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply for public housing:
1. Visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at 1915 West 4th Place
Kennewick, WA, Monday-Thursday between the hours of 9am and 6pm.
2. Download an application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above. Be sure to include these original documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, Supplemental Security Income award letter (if applicable), and photo IDs for all adult household members.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve you spot on the waiting list: elderly, disabled, veteran, or a victim of domestic violence.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://kennewickha.org/, or by calling 509-586-8576, Monday-Thursday between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:00 pm.

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.

Kennewick Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Section 8 waiting list is currently closed.

Last Updated on 07/20/2015.

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

About the Kennewick Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Kennewick Housing Authority manages 852 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 672 3 15 54 108
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $467 $491 $491 $620 $451
Monthly Cost $313,906 $1,472 $7,360 $33,490 $48,687

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Kennewick 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 9% having issued approximately 97 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 6 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 9 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $12,214 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 80% were extremely low income (ELI). 14% of households had wages as a major source of income, 5% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 78% 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, 44% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 27% 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.

33% of households included children, 6% of which had two adults in the household. 27% of households with children have a female head of household. 71% of all households were headed by a female.

27% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 10% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Kennewick Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 35% include at least one person with a disability. 64% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 71% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

46% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 35% with 2 bedrooms and 19% with 3 or more bedrooms. 17% 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 Kennewick Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $322 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $543. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $79.

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.