Chattanooga Housing Authority


Chartered in 1938, the Chattanooga Housing Authority exists to provide safe, decent, affordable housing; while promoting those community service programs that encourage the education, personal development, and wealth building capabilities of the residents and participants we serve, in the most customer friendly, cost-effective manner.


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Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)


2020 CHA

Waiting List Application

(Open 1-15-20 only)

2020 CHA

Lottery Results

(Once released)

Program Info

The Housing Choice Voucher program is a federal government program for assisting low-income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.

The Chattanooga Housing Authority receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the Chattanooga Housing Authority on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. The family is required to pay at least 30% of its monthly adjusted gross income for rent and utilities.

To apply for the Housing Choice Voucher program you must complete an application obtained from the Chattanooga Housing Authority when the waiting list is open.

The Chattanooga Housing Authority HCV Program currently administers 3,603 vouchers with approximately 1,200 landlords.



Waiting List Status: OPEN 1/15 12:00AM - 1/15 11:59PM


Effective 2/1/2018, you will only be allowed to complete your annual re-certification at your scheduled appointment listed on the letter that will be mailed to you.  We will not accept walk-ins to see a Customer Service Representative to complete your annual re-certification outside of the appointment date and time given to you in your letter. 

If you miss your first scheduled appointment date for your annual re-certification, you will need to come to the next one.  You can come into the office to find out the date and time of the next one or you can call the office to be given a new date and time.  If you miss 2 scheduled appointments for your annual re-certification, you will receive a termination letter for non-compliance.  The termination letter will specify what you need to do to prevent termination of your voucher assistance. 

If you are disabled and need to request a reasonable accommodation for a home visit or a one-on-one annual appointment with a customer service representative, please request the form in our office.

Below is a schedule of when your funds should be available in your direct deposit account:  (keep in mind that the deposit to the key bank prepaid card will be available on the card 1 day later than direct deposit):


January 1st - January 3rd        
January mid month - January 16th        
February 1st - February 4th        
February mid month - February 18th        
March 1st - March 4th        
March mid month - March 18th        
April 1st - April 2nd        
April mid month - April 16th        
May 1st - May 2nd        
May mid month - May 16th        
June 1st - June 4th        
June mid month - June 18th        
July 1st - July 2nd        
July mid month - July 16th        
August 1st - August 2nd        
August mid month - August 16th        
September 1st - September 3rd        
September mid month - September 17th        
October 1st - October 2nd        
October mid month - October 16th        
November 1st - November 4th        
November mid month - November 18th        
December 1st - December 3rd        
December mid month - December 17th        



These are different each month b/c the 1st does not always fall on a week day and if/when it does, the 2nd business day may be on a weekend or holiday.  We are able to post all payments on the 1st business day of the month and the payments are in your account on the 2nd business day of the month.  What dates those actually are varies from month to month.  I hope this schedule will be helpful so you can plan for those payments and payment dates.

Currently Available HCVP/Section 8 Property Listing

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