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Public Housing

Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers Federal aid to local housing agencies (such as the Memphis Housing Authority) that manages the housing for low-income residents at rents they can afford. HUD furnishes technical and professional assistance in planning, developing and managing these developments. Currently, applications for public housing or the housing choice voucher program (aka Section 8) are not being taken and waiting lists are closed.

MHA is responsible for the management and operation of its local public housing program as follows:

  • Assures compliance with leases. The lease must be signed by both parties;
  • Sets charges such as security deposit, excess utility consumption, and damages to unit;
  • Perform periodic reexaminations of the family's income at least once every 12 months;
  • Transfers families from one unit to another, in order to correct over/under crowding, repair or renovate a dwelling, or because of a resident's request to be transferred;
  • Terminates leases when necessary; and
  • Maintains its developments in a decent, safe, and sanitary condition
MHA Public Housing Waiting List
Effective February 2, 2021,  the PUBLIC HOUSING WAITING LIST is CLOSEDTo check the status of your application or to update your contact information, contact the development below where your application was submitted on TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm.




Askew Place

886 Latham/38126


Barry Towers

255 N. Lauderdale St./38105


Bishop G. E. Patterson Pointe

886 Latham/38126


Dr. R. Q. Venson Center

439 Beale St./38103


Jefferson Square

741 Adams Avenue/38105


Kefauver Terrace

7620 Robinson Cove/38002


Montgomery Plaza

1395 Pennsylvania St./38109


Paul Borda Towers

21 Neely Street/38105