Freehold Housing Authority
107 Throckmorton Street
Freehold, Monmouth County, NJ

732-462-2421

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Housing Authority of the Borough of Freehold (HABF) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.


The HABF offers six family communities ranging in size from 1 to 3 bedrooms, and one community dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the HABF to pick up an application, located at 107 Throckmorton Street, Freehold, NJ 07728, during normal office hours.
2. Download part 1 and part 2 of application, 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, photo IDs for all adult household members, current utility bill, current lease agreement, proof of all income, verification of all assets.

The HABF does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: involuntarily displaced, substandard housing, rent burden, veteran, live and/or work in Freehold.

More information can be found by visiting the HABF website at http://freeholdhousingauthority.com/, or by calling 732-462-2421 during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Freehold Housing Authority operates 85 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Freehold Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 3 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 34% studio apartments, 28% 1 bedroom apartments, 14% 2 bedroom apartments and 24% 3 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Freehold Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 79 out of a total 85 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 7.06%.

Family Type

Of the 73 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 37 (50.68%) were elderly, 36 (49.32%) were non-elderly, 47 (64.38%) were disabled, 19 (26.03%) contained children and 16 (21.92%) 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 (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in Freehold Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Freehold Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $630.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $285. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $496. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $992. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $1013.

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 Freehold Housing Authority portfolio, 22% of households identified as Black, 73% identified as White, and 30% 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 Freehold Housing Authority properties, 48 were Extremely Low Income, 13 were Very Low Income, 10 were Low Income and 8 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Freehold Housing Authority properties is $26,235. Of all public housing residents, 0% have no income and 30% earn more than $25,000 while 70% 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 Freehold Housing Authority public housing 37% have wage income, 0% have welfare income, 72% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 29% have other income and 0% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 79 households containing 149 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, 26.03% of households included children. Across all household members in Freehold Housing Authority public houins units 4.7% are aged zero to five and 18.8% are aged 6 to 17.

30.9% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 45.6% 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 Freehold Housing Authority public housing communities. 16.46% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 13.92% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 69.62% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Freehold Housing Authority administers a public housing program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 85 affordable rental units.

According to HUD, Freehold Housing Authority is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 public housing units.

Freehold Housing Authority is among the 21% of New Jersey housing authorities that only offer public housing. Section 8 assistance in its target area is administered by another nearby housing authority.

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, Freehold Housing Authority scored an average of 73 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 80 in 2001 and a low score of 68 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in New Jersey is 77.39.

Freehold 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 (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, Freehold Housing Authority manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 90. 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, Monmouth Ct 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 Freehold Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 12/8/09 Plan
2009 11/18/08 Plan
2008 11/20/07 Plan
2007 12/11/06 Plan
2006 12/14/05 Plan
2005 11/22/04 Plan
2004 11/6/03 Plan
2003 11/14/02 Plan
2002 11/14/01 Plan
2001 1/16/01 Plan
2000 3/24/00 Plan