Summit Housing Authority
512 Springfield Avenue
Summit, Union County, NJ


Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Summit Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update June 5th, 2015.

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

Please Note: The current wait time for family public housing is approximately 5 to 10 years.

The SHA offers one public housing community with 195 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing, you must visit the SHA to pick up an application, located at 512 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ, during normal office hours.

Once the application has been completed, it can be hand delivered to the address listed above.

The SHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: live and/or work in Summit, elderly, disabled, or employed.

More information can be found by visiting the SHA website at, or by calling 908-273-6413 during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Summit Housing Authority operates 195 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Summit Housing Authority public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 70% 1 bedroom apartments, 20% 2 bedroom apartments, 9% 3 bedroom apartments and 2% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Summit Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 192 out of a total 195 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 1.54%.

Family Type

Of the 175 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 110 (62.86%) were elderly, 65 (37.14%) were non-elderly, 126 (72%) were disabled, 34 (19.43%) contained children and 32 (18.29%) 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 Summit Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Summit Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $538.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $395. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $317. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $634. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $709.

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 Summit Housing Authority portfolio, 34% of households identified as Black, 60% identified as White, and 20% 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 Summit Housing Authority properties, 101 were Extremely Low Income, 59 were Very Low Income, 23 were Low Income and 9 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Summit Housing Authority properties is $23,097. Of all public housing residents, 0% have no income and 35% earn more than $25,000 while 65% 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 Summit Housing Authority public housing 39% have wage income, 1% have welfare income, 74% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 17% 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 192 households containing 303 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 1.6.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 19.43% of households included children. Across all household members in Summit Housing Authority public houins units 3% are aged zero to five and 14.5% are aged 6 to 17.

46.5% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 36% 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 Summit Housing Authority public housing communities. 16.67% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 7.81% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 75.52% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Summit Housing Authority administers a public housing program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 195 affordable rental units.

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

Summit 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 (, 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 Summit Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 12/18/09 Plan
2009 3/17/09 Plan
2008 1/18/08 Plan
2007 1/19/07 Plan
2006 2/23/06 Plan
2005 2/15/05 Plan
2004 2/24/04 Plan
2003 11/4/02 Plan
2002 12/13/01 Plan
2001 1/16/01 Plan
2000 3/31/00 Plan