Albany Housing Authority
200 South Pearl St.
Albany, Albany County, NY


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Albany 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 Albany Housing Authority (AHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last closed in April 2015 after being open for more than one week. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Applications were available online or could have been picked up at the Albany Housing Authority's office at 200 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12202.

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
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Albany Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

This housing authority offers 18 apartment communities for families and senior/disabled individuals, located throughout Albany. For a complete listing and more information on the different communities this housing authority 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 print out the page or write down the number, for future reference.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list as: disabled, elderly, living/working in Albany, enrolled in a training program, and working for the last 9 months.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Albany Housing Authority operates 1,802 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Albany Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 13% studio apartments, 44% 1 bedroom apartments, 25% 2 bedroom apartments, 13% 3 bedroom apartments, 4% 4 bedroom apartments and 1% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Albany Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 1,765 out of a total 1,802 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 2.05%.

Family Type

Of the 1,361 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 54 (3.97%) were elderly, 1,307 (96.03%) were non-elderly, 514 (37.77%) were disabled, 548 (40.26%) contained children and 488 (35.86%) 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 Albany Housing Authority's public housing developments is $25.

The average tenant rent contribution for Albany Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $373.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $194. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $268. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $536. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $348.

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 Albany Housing Authority portfolio, 75% of households identified as Black, 23% identified as White, and 15% 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 Albany Housing Authority properties, 1,238 were Extremely Low Income, 334 were Very Low Income, 145 were Low Income and 31 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Albany Housing Authority properties is $15,801. Of all public housing residents, 4% have no income and 18% earn more than $25,000 while 78% 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 Albany Housing Authority public housing 41% have wage income, 14% have welfare income, 55% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 15% have other income and 3% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 1,765 households containing 3,150 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 1.8.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 40.26% of households included children. Across all household members in Albany Housing Authority public houins units 11.1% are aged zero to five and 20.8% are aged 6 to 17.

15.7% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 52.4% 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 Albany Housing Authority public housing communities. 16.71% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 9.07% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 74.22% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Albany Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 16 projects which contain 1,845 affordable rental units. It also administers 2,752 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Albany 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 Albany Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (40%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (60%) to that of all housing authorities in New York, Albany Housing Authority has a smaller 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 York.

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, Albany 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 104 in 2003 and a low score of 78 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in New York is 76.39.

Albany Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average New York 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.

Albany Housing Authority manages 11 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 68. The scores for properties managed by Albany Housing Authority range from a high of 95 to a low of 0.

The highest scoring property in the Albany Housing Authority portfolio is Nutgrove Garden Apartments and the lowest scoring property is Townsend Park Homes.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 64% of properties managed by Albany Housing Authority have a passing score.

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 Albany Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 5/25/12 Plan
2011 5/12/11 Plan
2010 5/10/10 Plan
2009 8/26/09 Plan
2008 7/24/08 Plan
2007 6/6/07 Plan
2006 6/26/06 Plan
2005 5/12/05 Plan
2004 5/5/04 Plan
2003 6/20/03 Plan
2002 6/24/02 Plan
2001 7/20/01 Plan
2000 8/8/00 Plan