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


Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Closed

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.

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 Statuses

Family Senior Other

The Rochester Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families, senior/disabled individuals, and for disabled individuals, under the age of 50.

This housing authority 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.

To apply for public housing, please follow this link, to download, print, and complete an application. 

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 housing authority does have a preference that may improve your spot on the waiting list as: veteran, or homeless.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at, or they can be reached with any questions you may have by calling 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)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

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

Rochester Housing Authority manages 16 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 76. The scores for properties managed by Rochester Housing Authority range from a high of 93 to a low of 55.

The highest scoring property in the Rochester Housing Authority portfolio is Luther/capsule/bronson and the lowest scoring property is Scattered Sites.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 94% of properties managed by Rochester 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. Rochester Housing Authority owns and manages 2514 public housing units in 23 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for Rochester Housing Authority is $373.00 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 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

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