Cortland Housing Authority
42 Church St.
Cortland, Cortland County, NY


Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Open

The Cortland Housing Authority (NY) has opened the waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program; no close date has been identified.

Application (PDF) can be downloaded at

Preferences nor how the waiting list will be selected have not been identified.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

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)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Cortland Housing Authority manages 2 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 79. The scores for properties managed by Cortland Housing Authority range from a high of 85 to a low of 73.

The highest scoring property in the Cortland Housing Authority portfolio is Cortland and the lowest scoring property is Port Watson.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Cortland Housing Authority have a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 2014)

Total Tenant Payment Percentages What is Total Tenant Payment?

Tenants in public housing pay rent based on their income. Generally, the Total Tenant Payment (TTP) is 30% of the tenant’s adjusted income. Cortland Housing Authority owns and manages 379 public housing units in 2 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for Cortland Housing Authority is $315.00 compared to the state average of $395.00.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for the state of New York ranges from a low of $259.00 to a high of $704.00.

Source Resident Characteristics Report (, 2013)

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


Public Housing Projects


Public Housing Units


Section 8 Vouchers

Medium Low (250 - 499)

Public Housing Size

Medium Low (250 - 499)

Section 8 Size


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