Newark Housing Authority
500 Broad Street
Newark, Essex County, NJ


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Newark Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 20th, 2015.

The Newark Housing Authority (NHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

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 Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Newark Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update August 31st, 2015.

The Newark Housing Authority (NHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for elderly, near elderly, and disabled households.

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

The NHA offers 35 family communities and 10 communities dedicated to senior/disabled households.

To apply, you must visit the NHA office to pick up an application, located at 500 Broad St., Newark, NJ, during normal office hours.

Once your application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. No documents are needed at this time.

The NHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: elderly, disabled, enrolled in a job or educational training program, Millenium Way Preference, victim of disaster, or the Chadwick Development Preference.

For more information, visit the NHA website, or call the office at (973) 273-6000 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Newark Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 47 projects which contain 8,174 affordable rental units. It also administers 6,590 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Newark 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 Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Newark Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (55%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (45%) to that of all housing authorities in New Jersey, Newark 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, Newark Housing Authority scored an average of 57 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2003 and a low score of 29 in 2005. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in New Jersey is 77.39.

Newark 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)

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 Newark Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 3/23/11 Plan
2010 5/2/10 Plan
2009 3/30/09 Plan
2009 3/30/09 Plan
2008 5/13/08 Plan
2007 4/29/07 Plan
2005 3/23/05 Plan
2004 4/1/04 Plan
2003 3/19/03 Plan
2002 3/25/02 Plan
2001 3/30/01 Plan
2000 5/2/00 Plan