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

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

Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Open

The Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) is currently accepting Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications. 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 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, proof of income, photo IDs for all adult household members, and a copy of the DD214 if claiming the veterans preference.

The RHA does have a preference that may improve your spot on the waiting list: veteran, or live and/or work in Rochester.

More information can be found by visiting the RHA website at www.rhanh.org, or by calling 603-332-4126 during normal office hours.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

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


The RHA offers one public housing community with 232 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

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 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, proof of income, photo IDs for all adult household members, and a copy of the DD214 if claiming the veterans preference.

The RHA does have a preference that may improve your spot on the waiting list: veteran, or live and/or work in Rochester.

More information can be found by visiting the RHA website at www.rhanh.org, or by calling 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)

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, Rochester Housing Authority manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 57. 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, Wellsweep Acres does not 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 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

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Public Housing Projects

232

Public Housing Units

182

Section 8 Vouchers

Small (50 - 249)

Public Housing Size

Small (50 - 249)

Section 8 Size

Combined

Program Type

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