Rutland Housing Authority
5 Tremont Street
Rutland, Rutland County, VT


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Rutland Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 22nd, 2015

The Rutland Housing Authority (RHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

To apply, download the online application here

Once the application is completed, it must be mailed or hand delivered to Rutland Housing Authority, 5 Tremont Street, Rutland, VT 05701.

Copies of the following additional documents are required for all members of the household: Birth certificate, Social Security card.

The following preferences are noted: lived in the state of Vermont for at least one year; work or have been notified of hiring in the state of Vermont; head of household or spouse is currently employed, 62 years old or older, or disabled; victim of domestic violence; displaced due to natural disaster; med-waiver applicant.

For more information, visit the RHA website at, or call the office at 802-775-2926.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Rutland Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

Please Note: The public housing waiting list is lengthy.

This housing authority offers two apartment communities for families and two apartment communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

There are three ways to apply for public housing:
1. Request an application be mailed to you by calling 802-775-2926, Monday-Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm.
2. Visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at 2 Tremont St., Rutland, VT 05701, Monday-Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm.
3. Download the application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. Be sure to include copies of these items with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, photo IDs for all adult household members, and if mailing the application, there are a few pages that need to be notarized by a notary.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: elderly, disabled, living and/or working in the state of Vermont, employed, or a victim of domestic violence.

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 802-775-2926, during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Rutland Housing Authority operates 182 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Rutland Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 28% studio apartments, 48% 1 bedroom apartments, 10% 2 bedroom apartments, 10% 3 bedroom apartments and 4% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Rutland Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 172 out of a total 182 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 5.49%.

Family Type

Of the 149 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 62 (41.61%) were elderly, 87 (58.39%) were non-elderly, 114 (76.51%) were disabled, 34 (22.82%) contained children and 28 (18.79%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in Rutland Housing Authority's public housing developments is $25.

The average tenant rent contribution for Rutland Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $275.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $106. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $181. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $361. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $360.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the Rutland Housing Authority portfolio, 0% of households identified as Black, 100% identified as White, and 1% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in Rutland Housing Authority properties, 82 were Extremely Low Income, 65 were Very Low Income, 21 were Low Income and 4 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Rutland Housing Authority properties is $14,294. Of all public housing residents, 1% have no income and 7% earn more than $25,000 while 92% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in Rutland Housing Authority public housing 18% have wage income, 10% have welfare income, 84% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 7% have other income and 1% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 172 households containing 267 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 1.6.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 22.82% of households included children. Across all household members in Rutland Housing Authority public houins units 12% are aged zero to five and 14.2% are aged 6 to 17.

33.7% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 40.1% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for Rutland Housing Authority public housing communities. 16.28% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 12.21% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 71.51% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Rutland Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 186 affordable rental units. It also administers 194 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Rutland 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 Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Rutland Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (49%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (51%) to that of all housing authorities in Vermont, Rutland 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 Vermont.

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, Rutland 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 2002 and a low score of 79 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Vermont is 82.76.

Rutland Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Vermont 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.

As of the last set of publicly available data, Rutland Housing Authority manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 77. To be a passing score, a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. As of the last set of publicly available data, Forest Park has a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 2014)

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 Rutland Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 3/12/10 Plan
2008 3/14/08 Plan
2007 3/26/07 Plan
2006 5/11/06 Plan
2005 4/13/05 Plan
2004 4/1/04 Plan
2003 4/23/03 Plan
2002 9/4/02 Plan
2001 3/1/01 Plan
2000 6/19/00 Plan