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 Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Albany Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update May 22nd, 2015.

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

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)

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