Bristol Housing Authority
1014 Hope Street
Bristol, Bristol County, RI

401-253-4464 http://bristolhousingri.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Bristol Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on April 5th, 2016.

The Bristol Housing Authority (BHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day in March 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


Bristol, RI is about 15 miles southeast of Providence, RI.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to submit a pre-application at the BHA office.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 BHA website, or call the office at (401) 253-4464.


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 Bristol Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update July 6th, 2015.

The Bristol Housing Authority (BHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for senior/disabled individuals.


Please note: The BHA does not offer a Public Housing program for families.

The BHA offers one Public Housing community with 192 units that are dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

To apply, download an application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to 1014 Hope Street, Bristol, RI 02809.

The BHA does have a preference for veterans.

More information can be found by visiting the BHA website at http://bristolhousingri.org, or by calling 401-253-4464 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Bristol Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 192 affordable rental units. It also administers 251 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Bristol 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 Medium Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Bristol Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (43%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (57%) to that of all housing authorities in Rhode Island, Bristol 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 Rhode Island.

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, Bristol Housing Authority scored an average of 95 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 83 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Rhode Island is 76.05.

Bristol Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Rhode Island 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)

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 Bristol Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2008 4/16/08 Plan
2007 4/19/07 Plan
2006 4/21/06 Plan
2005 5/6/05 Plan
2004 5/25/04 Plan
2003 6/10/03 Plan
2002 6/24/02 Plan
2001 6/1/01 Plan
2000 8/2/00 Plan