Rochester Housing Authority
77 Olde Farm Lane
Rochester, Strafford County, NH

603-332-4126 https://www.rhanh.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Rochester Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on May 6th, 2016.

The Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) iSection 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.


There are two ways to apply:

  1. Visit the RHA to pick up an application, located at 77 Olde Farm Lane, Rochester, NH 03867.
  2. Download the application online here, then print and complete.
Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

The following documents are required when submitting the application: Birth certificates, Social Security Cards, and proof of income for all household members; photo IDs for all adult household members.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Veteran, live and/or work in Rochester.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the RHA website, or call the office at (603) 332-4126 during normal office hours.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Rochester Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update May 6th, 2016.

The Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled households.


The RHA offers one Public Housing community with 232 units for families and senior/disabled households.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Visit the RHA to pick up an application, located at 77 Olde Farm Lane, Rochester, NH 03867, during normal office hours.
  2. Download the application online here, then print and complete.
Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

The following documents are required when submitting the application: Birth certificates, Social Security Cards, and proof of income for all household members; photo IDs for all adult household members.

This waiting list has the following preferences: veteran, or live and/or work in Rochester.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the RHA website, or call the office at (603) 332-4126 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Rochester Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 232 affordable rental units. It also administers 182 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Rochester 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 Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Rochester Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (56%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (44%) to that of all housing authorities in New Hampshire, Rochester 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, Rochester Housing Authority scored an average of 94 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2001 and a low score of 78 in 2009. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in New Hampshire is 82.14.

Rochester 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)

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 Rochester Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 11/3/09 Plan
2008 11/7/07 Plan
2007 1/9/07 Plan
2006 1/10/06 Plan
2005 2/4/05 Plan
2004 12/11/03 Plan
2003 12/13/02 Plan
2002 11/27/01 Plan
2001 3/12/01 Plan
2000 6/12/00 Plan