About Bluefield Housing Authority

The Bluefield Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Bluefield, West Virginia.

The Bluefield Housing Authority serves Bluefield.

Bluefield Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Bluefield Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Bluefield Housing Authority (BHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.


Once the application has been submitted, you must hand deliver or mail these documents to the BHA: birth certificates, social security cards, and declaration form for each family member. 

The BHA is located at 1600 Hill Ave., Bluefield, WV 24701, and open between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The mailing address for the BHA is PO Box 1475, Bluefield, WV 24701.

Please note: If you do not submit these documents, your application will not be placed on the waiting list.


More information can be found by visiting the BHA website at http://www.bluefieldhousing.com, or by calling (304) 325-9653, between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Last Updated on 07/22/2015.

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Bluefield Housing Authority (BHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The BHA offers one Public Housing community with 163 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.


Once the application has been submitted, you must hand deliver or mail these documents to the BHA: birth certificates, social security cards, and declaration form for each family member. 

The BHA is located at 1600 Hill Ave., Bluefield, WV 24701, and is open from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Its mailing address is PO Box 1475, Bluefield, WV 24701.

Please note: If you do not submit these documents, your application will not be placed on the waiting list.

No preferences were noted.

More information can be found by visiting the BHA website at http://www.bluefieldhousing.com, or by calling (304) 325-9653 from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Last Updated on 07/10/2015.


About the Bluefield Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Bluefield Housing Authority manages 317 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 312 4 1
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $350 $250 $826
Monthly Cost $109,265 $999 $826

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Bluefield 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 25% having issued approximately 13 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 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 15 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 $10,840 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 67% were extremely low income (ELI). 26% 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 69% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

8% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 53% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 14% 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.

47% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 44% of households with children have a female head of household. 82% of all households were headed by a female.

43% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 42% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Bluefield Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 28% include at least one person with a disability. 46% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 87% 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, 46% with 2 bedrooms and 28% 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 Bluefield Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $312 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $443. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $185.



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.