Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority
801 Water Street
Portsmouth, Portsmouth City County, VA

757-399-5261 http://www.prha.org/

Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status:

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.

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 Statuses

Family Senior Other
ClosedClosedNot Applicable

The Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority is not accepting public housing waiting list applications at this time.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 13 projects which contain 1,022 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,949 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 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 Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (34%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (66%) to that of all housing authorities in Virginia, Portsmouth Redevelopment & 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 Virginia.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 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, Portsmouth Redevelopment & 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 34 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Virginia is 72.09.

Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Virginia 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 (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority manages 6 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 84. The scores for properties managed by Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority range from a high of 93 to a low of 71.

The highest scoring property in the Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority portfolio is Holley Square At Westbury and the lowest scoring property is Dale Homes.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority have a passing score.

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

Total Tenant Payment Percentages What is Total Tenant Payment?

Tenants in public housing pay rent based on their income. Generally, the Total Tenant Payment (TTP) is 30% of the tenant’s adjusted income. Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority owns and manages 1022 public housing units in 13 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority is $296.00 compared to the state average of $264.00.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for the state of Virginia ranges from a low of $178.00 to a high of $449.00.

Source Resident Characteristics Report (hud.gov, 2013)

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 Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 6/2/12 Plan
2011 8/1/11 Plan
2010 6/28/10 Plan
2009 6/29/09 Plan
2008 7/2/08 Plan
2007 7/2/08 Plan
2005 7/11/05 Plan
2004 6/28/04 Plan
2003 6/6/03 Plan
2002 7/19/02 Plan
2001 3/4/02 Plan
2000 6/8/00 Plan

Affordable Apartments in Portsmouth from ApartmentSmart

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Section 8 Vouchers

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