Coventry Housing Authority
14 Manchester Circle
Coventry, Kent County, RI


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Coventry Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 6th, 2015.

The Coventry Housing Authority (CHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program is currently closed. It was last open in July 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

The CHA will accept applications postmarked by July 2, 2015, but is not responsible for delays mail delays or lost mail.

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

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

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

The CHA offers one Public Housing community with 195 units that are dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the CHA to pick up an application, located at 14 Manchester Circle, Coventry, RI, during normal office hours.
2. Request that an application be mailed to you by calling 401-828-4367 during normal office hours.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

No preferences were noted.

More information can be found by visiting the CHA website at, or by calling 401-828-4367 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Coventry Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 195 affordable rental units. It also administers 278 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Coventry 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 Coventry Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (41%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (59%) to that of all housing authorities in Rhode Island, Coventry 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 (, 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, Coventry Housing Authority scored an average of 92 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 68 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Rhode Island is 76.05.

Coventry 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 (, 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 Coventry Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 3/22/10 Plan
2009 11/18/08 Plan
2008 11/8/07 Plan
2007 11/14/06 Plan
2006 11/3/05 Plan
2005 11/23/04 Plan
2004 12/10/03 Plan
2003 12/20/02 Plan
2002 3/4/02 Plan
2001 5/3/01 Plan
2000 6/30/00 Plan