Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority
801 Water Street
Portsmouth, VA

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

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 26th, 2016.

The Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority (PRHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open, from July 26, 2016 at 10:00 am, until July 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm ET. It was last open in 2008.


Portsmouth, VA is about 5 miles southwest of Norfolk, VA.

Please note: 
  • This waiting list was scheduled to open for one day in May 2016. However, the PRHA suspended the opening, and announced it would provide more information about reopening at a later date. According to this news article, about 3,000 people gathered in line, where tensions grew and fights broke out. Forty police officers were called to the scene, and the PRHA suspended the opening for safety concerns before a single application was distributed. The application process will now be operated online.
  • 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, complete the online application here. The application will only be available on July 26, 2016 from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm; July 27, 2016 from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm; and July 28, 2016 from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a friend or family member's computer, or one at a local library. A list of local libraries with hours can be found here.

Disabled applicants who require reasonable accommodation to complete the application can visit one of three locations during the opening period. Location information can be found here, at the bottom of the public notice.

This waiting list has preferences, and they can be found on the application.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, after sorting preferences.

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 PRHA public notice, visit the PRHA website, or call the office at (757) 399-5261.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update April 4th, 2016.

The Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority (PRHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for 3 bedroom units.


Please note: 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, download, print and complete the Public Housing Insert, Public Housing Application, and Selection of Preference form.

Disabled applicants who require reasonable accommodation to complete the application can call the PRHA at (757) 391-2980, or TDD 1-800-545-1833, Ext. 869

The following documentation is required when completing the pre-application of all members of the household: Complete name, Social Security Number, place of birth.

The PRHA has identified the following preferences: Resident, working family, graduate of educational and/or training program, active participants in educational and/or training program, veteran, to avoid foster care placement, reunite families, homeless.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed to:

PRHA - Occupancy
P.O. Box 1098
Portsmouth, VA 23705

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, visit the PRHA website, or call the office at (757) 399-5261.

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)

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