Norwich Housing Authority
10 Westwood Park
Norwich, New London County, CT

860-887-1605

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The Section 8 and Public Housing programs administered by this housing authority are often over subscribed requiring the use of a waiting list. The waiting list would typically only open for brief periods. To find out of the waiting list is open or when it may open, please contact the housing authority directly.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
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The Norwich Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.


This housing authority has one public housing community, located in Norwich.

To obtain an application for public housing, you can stop by the housing authority office located at 10 Westwood Park, Norwich, CT 06360, or request to have an application mailed to you by calling 
860-887-1605, during normal office hours.

Once the application has been completed, it can mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above during normal office hours. Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

No preferences were noted.

More information can be found by calling the housing authority at 860-887-1605, during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of May 31, 2015

Norwich Housing Authority operates 177 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Norwich Housing Authority public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 63% 1 bedroom apartments, 21% 2 bedroom apartments, 10% 3 bedroom apartments and 6% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Norwich Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (May 31, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 173 out of a total 177 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 2.26%.

Family Type

Of the 98 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 47 (47.96%) were elderly, 51 (52.04%) were non-elderly, 77 (78.57%) were disabled, 24 (24.49%) contained children and 48 (48.98%) 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 (May 31, 2015) the minimum rent in Norwich Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Norwich Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $378.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $361. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $232. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $465. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $293.

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 Norwich Housing Authority portfolio, 17% of households identified as Black, 77% identified as White, and 17% 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 Norwich Housing Authority properties, 132 were Extremely Low Income, 24 were Very Low Income, 13 were Low Income and 3 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Norwich Housing Authority properties is $15,992. Of all public housing residents, 3% have no income and 15% earn more than $25,000 while 82% 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 Norwich Housing Authority public housing 40% have wage income, 7% have welfare income, 60% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 13% have other income and 3% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (May 31, 2015), there were a total of 172 households containing 322 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 1.9.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 24.49% of households included children. Across all household members in Norwich Housing Authority public houins units 10.6% are aged zero to five and 19.9% are aged 6 to 17.

25.8% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 43.8% 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 Norwich Housing Authority public housing communities. 13.37% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 4.65% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 81.98% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Norwich Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 177 affordable rental units. It also administers 514 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Norwich Housing Authority is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Norwich Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (26%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (74%) to that of all housing authorities in Connecticut, Norwich Housing Authority has a smaller 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, Norwich Housing Authority scored an average of 93 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2004 and a low score of 79 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Connecticut is 74.43.

Norwich 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.

As of the last set of publicly available data, Norwich Housing Authority manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 96. To be a passing score, a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. As of the last set of publicly available data, Oakwood Knoll has 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 Norwich Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 1/19/12 Plan
2011 2/15/11 Plan
2010 3/11/10 Plan
2009 3/4/09 Plan
2008 3/5/08 Plan
2007 3/2/07 Plan
2006 2/1/06 Plan
2005 4/1/05 Plan
2004 4/1/04 Plan
2003 3/20/03 Plan
2002 3/22/02 Plan
2001 3/22/01 Plan
2000 6/14/00 Plan