Atlantic City Housing Authority
227 N Vermont Avenue
Atlantic City, Atlantic County, NJ


Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Closed

The Atlantic City Housing Authority most recently opened its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list on June 20th, 2011 and accepted only the first 300 applicants through their online application.

Prior to 2011, the last time the Atlantic City Housing Authority opened was in October 2008. Only 150 waiting list spots were offered but the opening drew a crowd of over 500. 

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 Atlantic City Housing Authority (ACHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for senior/disabled individuals.

Please Note: The family public housing waiting list is currently closed.

The ACHA offers 10 public housing communities for families and senior/disabled individuals. For a complete list of each community the ACHA offers, please follow this link.

To apply for public housing please follow this link to apply online.

Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation number. Please write down the number for future reference.

The ACHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: involuntarily displaced, live or work in Atlantic City for the past 12 consecutive months.

More information can be found by visiting the ACHA website at, or by calling 609-344-1107 during normal office hours,

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Atlantic City Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 12 projects which contain 1,522 affordable rental units. It also administers 945 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Atlantic City Housing Authority is determined to be a Large public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1,250 - 9,999 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 Atlantic City Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (62%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (38%) to that of all housing authorities in New Jersey, Atlantic City 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 Jersey.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 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, Atlantic City Housing Authority scored an average of 67 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 88 in 2004 and a low score of 48 in 2009. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in New Jersey is 77.39.

Atlantic City Housing Authority has an average score that is less than the average New Jersey 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 (, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

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

Atlantic City Housing Authority manages 6 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 65. The scores for properties managed by Atlantic City Housing Authority range from a high of 89 to a low of 48.

The highest scoring property in the Atlantic City Housing Authority portfolio is Scattered Sites and the lowest scoring property is Stanley Holmes Village.

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

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

Total Tenant Payment Percentages What is Total Tenant Payment?

Tenants in public housing pay rent based on their income. Generally, the Total Tenant Payment (TTP) is 30% of the tenant’s adjusted income. Atlantic City Housing Authority owns and manages 1522 public housing units in 12 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for Atlantic City Housing Authority is $287.00 compared to the state average of $391.00.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for the state of New Jersey ranges from a low of $252.00 to a high of $685.00.

Source Resident Characteristics Report (, 2013)

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 Atlantic City Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 3/23/11 Plan
2010 3/12/10 Plan
2009 4/14/09 Plan
2008 2/29/08 Plan
2007 5/15/07 Plan
2005 3/24/05 Plan
2004 4/4/05 Plan
2003 4/10/03 Plan
2002 3/19/02 Plan
2001 5/1/01 Plan
2000 6/9/00 Plan

Affordable Apartments in Atlantic City from ApartmentSmart


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Section 8 Vouchers

Large (1,250 - 9,999)

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