Hornell Housing Authority
87 East Washington St.
Hornell, Steuben County, NY

607-324-7912 http://www.hornellhousing.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

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

Application: http://www.hornellhousing.org/pdf/Section8-Application.pdf

Application information sheet: http://www.hornellhousing.org/pdf/Section8-Information.pdf

Preferences will be given to applicants who are homeless, as defined by: 
  • Substandard housing
  • Involuntarily displaced ... or ...  
  • Rent burden - paying more than 50% of income for rent and utilities 
All preference requests will require documentation from the applicant of the conditions and circumstances that warrant a higher priority.

Applications received will be sorted by preference and then placed on waiting list by date and time of application submission.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

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

This housing authority offers two public housing communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals, one 50 unit family apartment community ranging from 2 to 5 bedrooms, and nine single family scattered homes, all located throughout Hornell. For a complete, detailed listing of the different communities offered, please follow this link.

There are two ways to apply for public housing:
1. Download the application here, then print and complete.
2. Stop by the housing authority office, to pick up an application, located at 87 East Washington St., Hornell, NY 14843, Monday-Friday, between the hours of 8am-4pm.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the above address.  Be sure to include these original documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of income, and photo IDs for all adult household members, a police background check of where you live must be completed, and notarized.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: living and/or working in Hornell, homeless, rent burden, or living in substandard conditions.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://www.hornellhousing.org/, or they can be reached with any question you may have, by calling 

Resident Characteristics
as of May 31, 2015

Hornell Housing Authority operates 158 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Hornell Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 24% studio apartments, 40% 1 bedroom apartments, 10% 2 bedroom apartments, 16% 3 bedroom apartments, 8% 4 bedroom apartments and 1% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Hornell Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (May 31, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 144 out of a total 158 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 8.86%.

Family Type

Of the 73 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 8 (10.96%) were elderly, 65 (89.04%) were non-elderly, 51 (69.86%) were disabled, 26 (35.62%) contained children and 31 (42.47%) 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 (May 31, 2015) the minimum rent in Hornell Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Hornell Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $298.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $165. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $238. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $477. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $324.

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 Hornell Housing Authority portfolio, 7% of households identified as Black, 92% identified as White, and 1% 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 Hornell Housing Authority properties, 88 were Extremely Low Income, 46 were Very Low Income, 9 were Low Income and 1 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Hornell Housing Authority properties is $11,826. Of all public housing residents, 6% have no income and 4% earn more than $25,000 while 90% 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 Hornell Housing Authority public housing 25% have wage income, 11% have welfare income, 62% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 19% have other income and 5% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (May 31, 2015), there were a total of 144 households containing 255 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, 35.62% of households included children. Across all household members in Hornell Housing Authority public houins units 16.1% are aged zero to five and 16.1% are aged 6 to 17.

17.6% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 50.2% 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 Hornell Housing Authority public housing communities. 23.61% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 12.5% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 63.89% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Hornell Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 158 affordable rental units. It also administers 134 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Hornell Housing Authority is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Hornell Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (54%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (46%) to that of all housing authorities in New York, Hornell 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 (hud.gov, 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, Hornell Housing Authority scored an average of 88 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 96 in 2002 and a low score of 62 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in New York is 76.39.

Hornell 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 (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

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

Hornell Housing Authority manages 2 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 90. The scores for properties managed by Hornell Housing Authority range from a high of 91 to a low of 89.

The highest scoring property in the Hornell Housing Authority portfolio is Church St. Court and the lowest scoring property is Hillside Manor.

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

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (data.gov, 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 Hornell Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 8/3/10 Plan
2008 7/15/08 Plan
2007 8/8/07 Plan
2006 7/25/06 Plan
2005 8/16/05 Plan
2004 7/27/04 Plan
2003 8/29/03 Plan
2002 9/23/02 Plan
2001 8/28/01 Plan
2000 8/22/00 Plan