Rochester Housing Authority
675 West Main Street
Rochester, Monroe County, NY


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Rochester Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 23rd, 2015.

The Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. There is no notice of when it was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the RHA website, or call the RHA at (585) 697-3602.

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 Rochester Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update April 25th, 2016.

The Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families, senior/disabled households, and for disabled households under the age of 50.

The RHA offers four apartment communities for disabled individuals under the age of 50, seven apartment communities for individuals that are senior/disabled, and eight family communities, all are located throughout Rochester. For more information about the different communities, please follow this link.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

To apply, download and print the online application. The application is available in English and Spanish.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed to: 270 Lake Ave., Suite 300, rochester, NY 14608. After your application has been processed, you will receive a letter confirming the receipt of your application.

This waiting list has the following preferences: veteran, or homeless.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the RHA website, or call the office at (585) 697-7180 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Rochester Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 23 projects which contain 2,514 affordable rental units. It also administers 8,222 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Rochester 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 Rochester Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (23%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (77%) to that of all housing authorities in New York, Rochester 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, Rochester Housing Authority scored an average of 97 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2003 and a low score of 85 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in New York is 76.39.

Rochester 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 Rochester Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 9/18/12 Plan
2011 8/4/11 Plan
2010 8/26/10 Plan
2009 7/22/09 Plan
2008 8/13/08 Plan
2007 9/28/07 Plan
2006 9/27/06 Plan
2005 10/6/05 Plan
2004 9/1/04 Plan
2003 8/29/03 Plan
2002 10/10/02 Plan
2001 10/1/01 Plan
2000 8/2/00 Plan