Housing Authority Birmingham District | Emergency Housing Voucher Program
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Emergency Housing Voucher Program

The Housing Authority of the Birmingham District (HABD) received 91 Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHV) from the Department of Housing and Urban Development through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. These vouchers are provided to assist the following individuals and families:
▪At risk of homelessness
▪Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking, or
▪Were recently homeless or have a high risk of housing instability
Eligible families are able to receive financial assistance to assist in securing housing.  The American Rescue Plan provides funding, entitled service fees, to assist with some financial obligations that are included in successfully securing housing.  The HABD will use service fees to assist with security deposits, utility deposits, utility arrears preventing utilities, rental applications, and holding fees.  We will also provide landlord incentives: move-in incentives, and lease renewal incentives.  Below is a visual representation of the funding received, requested, and utilized.

Program Dashboard


Below is public record information for the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District’s Emergency Housing Voucher Program for allocated funding.

Last updated 10.12.2021


Total Vouchers Allocated


Total Vouchers Issued


Service Fees Provided by HUD as of 6/01/2021


Service Fees Requested


Service Fees Approved for Disbursement


Number of Families on the Waiting List


Total Families Leased

 Application Process


All interested applicants must be referred to the Public Housing Authority (PHA) from one of the following agencies:


  • One Roof, the coordinating agency for the homeless Continuum of Care for Central Alabama
  • Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), Victims Service Provider for domestic and sexual violence services


The agencies listed above are authorized to verify individual and family eligibility and to, then, make direct referrals to the PHA.

If you would like to apply to this program, please contact the following:


1515 6th Avenue S, 5th Floor

Birmingham, AL 35233

(205) 254-8833


*There are no walk-in appointments.  You may call to schedule an appointment or visit the office to schedule an appointment.


309 23rd Street North

Birmingham, AL 35203

(205) 322-9922


*Ask for Community Housing Emergency Housing Voucher Program.  Assessments are done by phone.  Applications will be sent electronically or scheduled for pick up.  Appointments will be scheduled weekly for review of applications and supporting documentation.  No Walk-ins.

How will applications be accepted?

All interested applicants must contact either One Roof or the YWCA to complete their assessments and further determine/confirm eligibility based on qualification requirements. qualify based on the definitions listed. Those who meet the criteria will be referred to the PHA. Order of referrals depends on the following factors:


  • Date/time of your interview/meeting with the partnering agency
  • Partnering agency’s review of eligibility
  • Receipt of any requested information provided to partnering agency
  • Your position ranking in the partnering agency’s system

When will I be contacted from the waiting list?

The first 91 families will be contacted immediately for continued eligibility determination, relative to the Section 8 Program. All subsequent families will remain on the waiting list until a previously selected family is determined ineligible or leaves the program. Once either of those occur, the next available family will be contacted for assistance.

Can I apply at the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District’s Section 8 Department or one of their other offices?

No. You can only apply for the Emergency Housing Voucher Program through one of our two partnering agencies: One Roof or the YWCA. Please see above responses for further information.

Who is eligible for the EHV Program?

These vouchers are provided to assist individuals and families who:


  • Are homeless
  • Are at risk of homelessness
  • Are fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking 
  • Were recently homeless or have a high risk of housing instability

How can I check my status on the waiting list?

Everyone who applies for the waiting list will be required to register for the applicant portal. Through the applicant portal, you will be able to update your contact information (including address and phone number), see which income is being used, identify all household members added to your application, and locate your position on the waiting list.

Maximum Income Limits for Program Admissions

The income limits listed depicts the 30% (Extremely Low) income limits.

1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
$16,100 $18,400 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660

The income limits listed depicts the 50% (Very Low) income limits.

1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
$26,850 $30,700 $34,550 $38,350 $41,450 $44,500 $47,600 $50,650


IMPORTANT: If you have an address change once your application has been submitted to HABD, it is your responsibility to change your address with the Section 8 Department. We always recommend updating your address with the Post Office, but you must also update your address with our office, as forwarding mail has an expiration date and may prohibit you from receiving important information and/or an appointment regarding housing.

HABD does not discriminate based on sex, race, color, religion, natural origin, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, age, or marital status.