Cortland Housing Authority
42 Church Street
Cortland, Cortland County, NY


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Cortland Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on August 12th, 2015.

The Cortland Housing Authority (CHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

There are two ways to apply:
  1. Call the CHA at (607) 753-1771 during normal office hours to have a pre-application mailed or emailed to you.
  2. Email the CHA at to have a pre-application mailed or emailed to you.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be hand delivered to the CHA office, located at 42 Church Street, Cortland, NY 13045, or emailed to

The CHA has identified the following preferences: Elderly, handicapped/disabled, families, Cortland County residents.

Qualified applicants will be place on the waiting list by the date and time the application was received, after sorting preferences.

Please note: Those who do not qualify for the residency preference will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list, and will always be below applicants who do qualify for the residency preference. Because of this, according to a CHA representative, it is unlikely names on the waiting list without the residency preference will ever reach the top of the waiting list.

After applying, applicants will receive a letter notifying them if they were eligible, or not.

For more information, call the CHA office at (607) 753-1771.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

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

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

This housing authority offers 14 family communities, and 7 communities dedicated to elderly/disabled individuals, all are located throughout Cortland County.

To apply for public housing, you can stop by the housing authority office to pick up an application, located at 42 Church St., Cortland, NY, during normal office hours. You can also have an application mailed to you by calling 607-753-1171, or have an application emailed to you by emailing the housing authority at

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, proof of income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list as: living/working in Cortland County, elderly, or disabled.

For more information, the housing authority can be reached by calling 607-753-1171, during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Cortland Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 379 affordable rental units. It also administers 306 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Cortland Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Cortland Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (55%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (45%) to that of all housing authorities in New York, Cortland 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 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, Cortland Housing Authority scored an average of 90 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2004 and a low score of 65 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in New York is 76.39.

Cortland 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 Cortland Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 2/10/12 Plan
2011 1/27/11 Plan
2010 2/5/10 Plan
2009 1/27/09 Plan
2008 1/16/08 Plan
2007 1/23/07 Plan
2006 2/17/06 Plan
2005 1/26/05 Plan
2004 1/22/04 Plan
2003 1/23/03 Plan
2002 2/7/02 Plan
2001 2/16/01 Plan
2000 7/13/00 Plan