Cumberland Housing Authority
573 Mendon Road
Cumberland, Providence County, RI


Section 8 Waiting List Status:

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Cumberland Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on June 5th, 2015.

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The Section 8 and Public Housing programs administered by this housing authority are often over subscribed requiring the use of a waiting list. The waiting list would typically only open for brief periods. To find out of the waiting list is open or when it may open, please contact the housing authority directly.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Cumberland Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update July 6th, 2015.

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

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

The CHA offers one Public Housing community with 176 units for senior/disabled individuals.

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

Once the application has been completed, it must be returned to One Mendon Rd., Cumberland, RI 02864, during normal office hours.

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More information can be found by visiting the CHA website at, or by calling 401-724-8590 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Cumberland Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 176 affordable rental units. It also administers 384 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Cumberland 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 Cumberland Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (31%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (69%) to that of all housing authorities in Rhode Island, Cumberland 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, Cumberland Housing Authority scored an average of 77 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2008 and a low score of 0 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Rhode Island is 76.05.

Cumberland 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 Cumberland Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 6/14/12 Plan
2011 3/28/11 Plan
2010 4/21/10 Plan
2008 2/6/08 Plan
2007 1/31/07 Plan
2006 6/9/06 Plan
2005 3/24/05 Plan
2004 3/10/04 Plan
2003 5/16/03 Plan
2002 6/13/02 Plan
2001 4/16/02 Plan
2000 12/14/00 Plan