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 Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Rutland Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update May 22nd, 2015.

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.

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)

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