Providence Housing Authority
100 Broad Street
Providence, Providence County, RI


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Opening Soon

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Providence Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on October 28th, 2016.

The Providence Housing Authority (PHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon, from November 11, 2016 at 12:01 am, until November 16, 2016 at 11:59 pm ET. This waiting list was last open in 1998.

Please note: 

  • The PHA is partnering with Rhode Island Housing to open both waiting lists through the same online application.
  • Applicants will be placed on this waiting list by random lottery, meaning the time you submit this application has no effect on your position on the waiting list. There are cases of applicants flooding the website as soon as a scheduled online waiting list opens, causing the website to crash for a period of time. If the website is down, it will eventually be back up to accept applications.
  • 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 during the opening period, complete the online application that will be available on the Rhode Island Housing website.

If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a friend or family member's computer/device, one at a local library, or one at multiple locations that will be announced soon on the PHA website.

This waiting list has preferences, but they have not yet been confirmed.

5,000 applicants will be placed on the waiting list from each housing authority by random lottery, after sorting preferences. The lottery drawing will be on December 6, 2016, and applicants will be notified by mail whether they have been placed on the waiting list.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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, read the PHA public notice, visit the PHA website, or call the office at (401) 751-6400.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

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

The Providence Housing Authority (PHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The PHA offers 13 Public Housing communities with 2,605 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Download a pre-application here, then print and complete.
2. Visit the PHA to pick up an application, located at 100 Broad St., Providence, RI.

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 PHA website at, or by calling 401-751-6400, during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Providence Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 13 projects which contain 2,605 affordable rental units. It also administers 2,401 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Providence 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 Providence Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (52%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (48%) to that of all housing authorities in Rhode Island, Providence Housing Authority has a larger 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, Providence Housing Authority scored an average of 98 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 104 in 2003 and a low score of 81 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Rhode Island is 76.05.

Providence 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 Providence Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 9/10/12 Plan
2011 7/22/11 Plan
2010 7/29/10 Plan
2009 6/5/09 Plan
2008 5/7/08 Plan
2007 6/25/07 Plan
2006 5/15/06 Plan
2005 6/21/05 Plan
2004 5/4/04 Plan
2003 5/28/03 Plan
2002 6/28/02 Plan
2001 7/13/01 Plan
2000 9/22/00 Plan