Decatur, Alabama Section 8 Voucher Waiting List is Closed as of July 2024. The waiting list was last open in November 2020 and remains closed.

Nathan Brunet

Analysis by Nathan Brunet

Last Updated: February, 23rd 2024

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The Decatur Housing Authority (DHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from November 16, 2020, until November 19, 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.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants were placed on the waiting list.

According to the DHA, "Para obtener una solicitud en espanol, por favor llame (256) 353-2191."

For more information, visit the DHA Facebook page.

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Decatur, Alabama Section 8 Voucher Applicant Preferences

Decatur, Alabama has preferences for: Preferences Unconfirmed. Preferences are not required but Section 8 Voucher applicants that meet these criteria will be moved up the waiting list.

Decatur Housing Authority

Decatur, Alabama Section 8 Voucher Waiting List is managed by Decatur Housing Authority.

Decatur Housing Authority provides affordable housing for up to 1,652 low- and moderate-income households through its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and public housing programs.

This housing agency serves Decatur, Alabama.

What should I do after applying to the Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

After applying, it's a good practice to keep a record of any application that you submit. This will help you keep track of your application, and is especially useful if you apply to multiple waiting lists. You can do this easily with a document on your computer or mobile device, and also with a notebook or piece of paper.

Make sure to write down your application or confirmation number with the application details. This number will be important to reference in the future. Once you have this information written, keep it stored in a place that's easy to access when you need it.

With this information safely stored, all you have left to do is wait to find out if you've been selected for the waiting list.

When will I know if I've been selected for the Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

Depending on the area, it may take weeks or even months to know if you've been selected for the waiting list. Your wait for an announcement is usually the longest in areas with large populations and a high demand for housing assistance.

Check if the public notice states when the housing authority plans to announce the results, or how long it may take to review applications. Contact the housing authority if this information isn't available.

How do I know if I've been added to the Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

Once all applications are reviewed, the housing authority will either contact everyone who has been placed on the waiting list, or message everyone who applied to check their results.

The housing authority will use the contact information you give in the application to reach you (usually by mail, email, or phone). For this reason, it is very important to put valid contact information on your application. Make sure you keep your contact information up to date, and that you respond quickly if any further action is required.

If you don't get contacted by the housing authority, it might mean that you were not chosen for the waiting list. Sometimes, housing authorities do not contact applicants who were not placed on the waiting list. Check with the housing authority for confirmation.

How can I check my status on the Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

To check your status on the waiting list, you usually have to log into an online portal, call a phone number, or visit the office. Each housing authority has different ways for you to check your status.

Some housing authorities will give your spot on the waiting list, but others might only confirm that you're still on the waiting list. Make sure that you have your application or confirmation number with you when checking your status.

How do I update my application for the Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

To update your waiting list application, you usually have to log into an online portal, call a phone number, or submit a form to the office. Each housing authority has different ways for you to update your application.

Make sure that you have your application or confirmation number with you when updating your application.

When can I apply for a Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list that is closed?

You cannot apply for a waiting list that is closed until it is reopened by the housing authority. It is not known when the housing authority will announce the next opening.

For the Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list, how do I apply online?

To apply online, an electronic form must be submitted to the housing authority on the internet. Many online applications require an account to be created to log in, and also a valid email address.

Who has a Section 8 voucher already?

If you are considering applying for a voucher, you may be interested to know who already has a voucher, and what the households tend to look like. Fortunately, we can provide some helpful statistics using HUD's 2023 Picture of Subsidized Households. The following data describes the economic and demographic characteristics of renters who have a Section or project-based voucher issued by Decatur Housing Authority.

How many renters have a Section 8 voucher with Decatur Housing Authority?

At the start of 2024, Decatur Housing Authority was managing 1,059 Section 8 vouchers. Of the total number of vouchers managed, there were 604 households with a voucher. This represents 57% of the total voucher allotment for Decatur Housing Authority.

According to HUD, there is a total of 1,340 people living in households with a Section 8 voucher issued by Decatur Housing Authority, with the average number of people per household being 2.

How long did current Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 households wait for their voucher?

The 604 households with a Section 8 voucher at the start of 2024 waited on average 33 months to receive their voucher. Of those voucher-holding households, 30 got their voucher in the last year. This represents 5 percent of voucher holders with vouchers issued by Decatur Housing Authority.

Are there any Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 vouchers not issued to renters?

Though Section 8 voucher programs are over-subscribed across the nation with all programs having a waiting list, each month, each housing agency managing vouchers has vouchers that are not issued to renters. This can result from turnover in the program if someone with a voucher buys a home, sees an increase in their income, passes away, or otherwise discontinues the use of their voucher.

The time it takes to transfer voucher funding from one recipient to another can be many months. Managing the Section 8 waiting list, qualifying new voucher holders, and approving new homes or apartments takes time. In addition, in some areas, there is an extreme housing shortage or landlords may refuse to rent to persons using a Section 8 voucher to pay their rent. This results in longer than usual ramp-up times for new voucher holders.

The Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 HCV program that this waiting list covers had 57% of its vouchers utilized by households with 43% unutilized at the start of 2024. This means that 455 Section 8 vouchers out of a total of 1,059 were in processing at the time HUD reported the data.

How much do Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 households earn?

The average annual household income for Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher holders is $14,841 The average annual income per person is $6,634 The average voucher holder earns 23% of the local Area Median Income.

Decatur Housing Authority voucher household annual income
Annual Income Range ($) Number of Households % of Vouchers
Less than $5,000 91 15%
$5,000 - $9,999 48 8%
$10,000 - $14,999 223 37%
$15,000 - $19,999 97 16%
$20,000+ 139 23%

What is the source of income for Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 households?

Of all voucher holders, 318 (30%) receive the majority of their income from wages and/or business. 11 (1%) voucher-holding households receive the majority of their income from welfare programs like TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance. 699 (66%) voucher-holding households derive the majority of their income from some other source (other than wage or welfare).

How much does a Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 voucher pay for tenants?

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program pays 70% of the cost of rent plus utilities for any household receiving the housing assistance.

For the Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 program, the federal government is providing, on average, $617 per month to each household, for an average annual cost of $7,404. The program as a whole is paying landlords $372,668 per month, for an annual economic benefit to landlords of $4,472,016

How much does the average Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 tenant pay per month in rent?

HUD refers to the portion of rent paid by the Section 8 tenant as the Total Tenant Payment, or Family Expenditure.

For the Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 HCV programs, the average family expenditure is $392 per month or $4,704 per year. The combined payment from all tenants in the program is $236,768 per month, which is $2,841,216 per year.

What is the average rent of a Section 8 apartment or home in the Decatur Housing Authority program?

The average total rent paid to Section 8 landlords is $1,009 per month which includes payment contributed by both tenant households and the federal government. This is a program-wide rent average across all bedroom size rentals.

What is the average utility cost paid by Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 renters?

The average cost of utilities for renters in this program is $169 per month. It is important to note this is not the actual cost renters will pay for utilities, but an estimate based on the energy cost estimates of the program.

What size are most Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 homes?

Of the 1,059 households with a Section 8 voucher, 78 (13%) live in a studio or one-bedroom unit, 241 (40%) rent a 2-bedroom rental home and 284 (47%) have a 3-bedroom or larger rental. 40% of Housing Choice Voucher recipients are overhoused with more bedrooms than people in the household.

What is the race and ethnicity of Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 households?

85% of Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 HCV program households have a minority head of household who is Black, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander; or of Hispanic ethnicity.

What are the ages of tenant heads of households in the Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 HCV program?

Age Range of Head of Household Number of Households % of Households
Under 24 6 1%
25-50/td> 344 57%
51-61 127 21%
62-84 121 20%
85 or Older 6 1%