East Hartford Housing Authority
546 Burnside Avenue
East Hartford, Hartford County, CT

860-290-8301 http://www.ehhousing.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

The East Hartford Housing Authority opened its Section 8 waiting list from July 17, 2014 to August 6, 2014. The waiting list is now closed.

The housing authority will used a random lottery to determine 400 applications to be placed on their Section 8 Waiting list after the application period. 

Applications were accepted by mail and had to be postmarked between July 17th and midnight on August 6th.


Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
ClosedOpenNot Applicable

The East Hartford Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for senior/disabled individuals.


The public housing waiting list for families is currently closed.

Please Note: The efficiency units are the only units available for the waiting list at this time.

This housing authority offers six apartment communities, located throughout East Hartford.

To apply for housing please follow this application link, to download, print, and complete the application.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to this address: 546 Burnside Ave., East Hartford, CT 06108. Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, and photo IDs for all adult household members.
If your application is not signed, or is missing any of the documents listed above, your application will be invalid.

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More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://ehhousing.com/, or they can be reached with any questions you may have by calling 860-290-8301, during normal office hours, Monday-Thursday.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

East Hartford Housing Authority operates 617 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of East Hartford Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 19% studio apartments, 66% 1 bedroom apartments, 7% 2 bedroom apartments, 6% 3 bedroom apartments and 2% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of East Hartford Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 611 out of a total 617 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 0.97%.

Family Type

Of the 406 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 59 (14.53%) were elderly, 347 (85.47%) were non-elderly, 281 (69.21%) were disabled, 68 (16.75%) contained children and 63 (15.52%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in East Hartford Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for East Hartford Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $308.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $218. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $299. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $598. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $316.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the East Hartford Housing Authority portfolio, 31% of households identified as Black, 65% identified as White, and 33% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in East Hartford Housing Authority properties, 517 were Extremely Low Income, 79 were Very Low Income, 11 were Low Income and 3 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in East Hartford Housing Authority properties is $12,496. Of all public housing residents, 2% have no income and 6% earn more than $25,000 while 92% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in East Hartford Housing Authority public housing 17% have wage income, 75% have welfare income, 78% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 9% have other income and 0% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 611 households containing 810 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 1.3.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 16.75% of households included children. Across all household members in East Hartford Housing Authority public houins units 5.2% are aged zero to five and 11.9% are aged 6 to 17.

34.6% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 48.4% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for East Hartford Housing Authority public housing communities. 14.24% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 7.36% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 78.4% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The East Hartford Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 3 projects which contain 619 affordable rental units. It also administers 431 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, East Hartford Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of East Hartford Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (59%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (41%) to that of all housing authorities in Connecticut, East Hartford Housing Authority has a larger proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Connecticut.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, East Hartford Housing Authority scored an average of 95 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2002 and a low score of 68 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Connecticut is 74.43.

East Hartford Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Connecticut housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

East Hartford Housing Authority manages 3 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 61. The scores for properties managed by East Hartford Housing Authority range from a high of 94 to a low of 0.

The highest scoring property in the East Hartford Housing Authority portfolio is Hockanum Park and the lowest scoring property is Hutt Heights.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 67% of properties managed by East Hartford Housing Authority have a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (data.gov, 2014)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for East Hartford Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 10/1/12 Plan
2011 8/26/11 Plan
2010 1/31/11 Plan
2009 10/9/09 Plan
2008 10/20/08 Plan
2007 9/20/07 Plan
2006 12/12/06 Plan
2005 9/29/05 Plan
2004 12/8/04 Plan
2003 6/10/03 Plan
2002 9/27/02 Plan
2001 10/19/01 Plan
2000 10/13/00 Plan