Portsmouth Housing Authority
245 Middle Street
Portsmouth, Rockingham County, NH

603-436-4310 http://www.porthousing.org/en/

Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status:

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.

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
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Portsmouth Housing Authority (PHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The PHA offers two Public Housing communities with 419 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the PHA to pick up an application, located at 245 Middle St., Portsmouth, NH 03801, during normal office hours.
2. Download the application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, and documented proof if claiming a preference.

The PHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: living and/or working in Portsmouth, elderly, disabled, employed, or a veteran.

More information can be found by visiting the PHA website at http://www.porthousing.org/en/, or by calling 603-436-4310 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Portsmouth Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 419 affordable rental units. It also administers 406 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Portsmouth Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 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 Portsmouth Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (51%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (49%) to that of all housing authorities in New Hampshire, Portsmouth 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 New Hampshire.

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, Portsmouth Housing Authority scored an average of 90 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 70 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in New Hampshire is 82.14.

Portsmouth Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average New Hampshire 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.

Portsmouth Housing Authority manages 2 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 86. The scores for properties managed by Portsmouth Housing Authority range from a high of 87 to a low of 84.

The highest scoring property in the Portsmouth Housing Authority portfolio is Margeson Apartments and the lowest scoring property is Gosling Meadows.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 12/30/11 Plan
2011 11/17/10 Plan
2010 2/18/10 Plan
2009 11/21/08 Plan
2008 11/7/07 Plan
2007 2/8/07 Plan
2006 6/13/06 Plan
2005 11/30/04 Plan
2004 3/16/04 Plan
2003 11/14/02 Plan
2002 12/11/01 Plan
2001 1/29/01 Plan
2000 8/15/00 Plan


Public Housing Projects


Public Housing Units


Section 8 Vouchers

Medium Low (250 - 499)

Public Housing Size

Medium Low (250 - 499)

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