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Bristol Housing Authority

164 Jerome Avenue
Bristol, Hartford County, Connecticut 6010

Bristol Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, Family Self-Sufficiency, and Moving to Work programs. As of October 20th, 2020, Bristol Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Limited Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List will open on October 26th, 2020.

Bristol Housing Authority serves Bristol, Plainville, Southington and Terryville.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Limited Housing Choice Voucher Open Soon
Zbikowski Park Project-Based Voucher Closed
1, 2, 3, and 4-Bedroom Family Public Housing Closed
Senior Public Housing Closed
Komanetsky Estates Senior Congregate Housing Closed

Open Bristol Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Bristol Housing Authority Website: http://www.bristolhousing.org/index.htm.

Bristol Housing Authority Phone: (860) 582-6313.

COVID-19 Update: As of July 17, 2020, the Bristol Housing Authority website says:

"All Bristol Housing Authority offices are closed to the Public effective March 16, 2020."

Open Soon: Limited Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Bristol Housing Authority (BHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon on a limited basis. Applications will be accepted from October 26, 2020, until October 30, 2020.

Please note: According to the BHA, this waiting list is for "specifically for households with a non-elderly person with a disability, between the ages of 18-61 and who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Applicants must meet these criteria to apply."

There are three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application that will be available here.
  2. Print the paper application that will be available online here.
  3. Pick up an application from the BHA main office lobby, located at 164 Jerome Avenue, Bristol CT 06010. The office hours are Monday to Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and Friday 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.

Once the application has been completed, it must be postmarked no earlier than October 26, 2020 and no later than October 30, 2020 and received by November 9, 2020, and mailed to the Bristol Housing Authority, 164 Jerome Avenue, Bristol, CT 06010.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

100 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the BHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the BHA public notice, as of October 14, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Bristol, Litchfield, Plainville, and Terryville, Connecticut.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (860) 582-6313.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 10/15/2020.

Other Bristol Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Zbikowski Park Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Bristol Housing Authority (BHA) waiting list for 2-Bedroom Project Based Voucher apartments at Zbikowski Park is currently closed. Pre-applications were last accepted from November 18, 2019, until November 22, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period: 

  1. Download and print the paper pre-application online.
  2. Pick up a pre-application in person at the BHA main office.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be postmarked after November 18, 2019 and before November 22, 2019, and mailed to The Bristol Housing Authority.

The maximum income limits for each household size were as follows:

  • 1 Person   $42,420
  • 2 Persons $48,480
  • 3 Persons $54,540
  • 4 Persons $60,540
  • 5 Persons $65,400

There were no preferences.

100 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the BHA website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Bristol, Connecticut.

Last Updated on 10/14/2020.

Closed: 1, 2, 3, and 4-Bedroom Family Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Bristol Housing Authority (BHA) Family Public Housing waiting list for 1, 2, 3, and 4-Bedroom apartments is currently closed. Pre-applications were last accepted from August 19, 2019, until August 29, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Open and print the pre-application online.
  2. Pick up an application at the BHA office.

Once the pre-application was completed it must have been mailed to the Bristol Housing Authority. Applications must have been postmarked between August 19, 2019 and August 29, 2019.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Homelessness
  • Non-elderly disabled
  • Veterans

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the BHA Housing Programs page, or the BHA website.

Last Updated on 10/14/2020.

Closed: Senior Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Senior Public Housing Waiting List

The Bristol Housing Authority (BHA) Senior Public Housing waiting list for 1-Bedroom apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from July 17, 2020, until August 7, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period: 

  1. Print the online paper application.
  2. Pick up an application from the BHA.

Once the application was completed, it must be postmarked between July 17, 2020 until August 7, 2020 and mailed to the Bristol Housing Authority.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Victims of Domestic Violence (11 points)- A preference will be given for a family that includes a family member who is a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking who is in actual or imminent threat of harm.
  • Homeless (10 points) – A preference will be given to a family who is homeless in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Act. Referral letter, on letterhead, from an authorized representative of the local Continuum of Care Consortium (COCC)
  • Non-elderly disabled (5 points) – A preference will be given to a family where the head/co-head or spouse is disabled.
  • Veterans (1 point) – A preference will be provided for an existing family member who has an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces for active military service.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the BHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the BHA, as of July 8, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Bristol, Connecticut. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Last Updated on 10/14/2020.

Closed: Komanetsky Estates Senior Congregate Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Senior Waiting List

The Bristol Housing Authority (BHA) Komanetsky Estates Senior Congregate Housing waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from May 9, 2019, until November 8, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: According to the BHA, the eligibility requirements are:

  • "Earn 80 percent of area median income or less as a household to qualify
  • Be over the age of 62
  • Have temporary/periodic difficulties with one or more essential activity of daily living"

There were three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Download and print the application online.
  2. Pick up an application at the Komanetsky Estates office.
  3. Call to request an application by mail.

Once the application was completed, it must have been either:

  1. Dropped off at the Komanetsky Estates office.
  2. Faxed.
  3. Emailed.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Veterans or Homeless.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the BHA Congregate Housing page, or the BHA website.

Last Updated on 11/08/2019.

About Bristol Housing Authority

More information about Bristol Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.bristolhousing.org/index.htm.

Representatives of Bristol Housing Authority may be available by phone at (860) 582-6313. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of October 20th, 2020, it is not known if Bristol Housing Authority is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 04/30/2019, Bristol Housing Authority is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Bristol Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Bristol Housing Authority manages 706 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 656 6 25 2 15
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $718 $661 $972 $539 $718
Monthly Cost $470,695 $3,965 $24,301 $1,077 $10,774

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Bristol Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 9% having issued approximately 71 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 52 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $16,363 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 76% were extremely low income (ELI). 42% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 53% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 57% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

54% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 51% of households with children have a female head of household. 90% of all households were headed by a female.

25% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 10% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Bristol Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 18% include at least one person with a disability. 28% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 48% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

22% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 47% with 2 bedrooms and 31% with 3 or more bedrooms. 15% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Bristol Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $425 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $786. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $164.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Bristol Housing Authority

Gaylord Towers

55 Gaylord St
Bristol, Connecticut
62+

Cambridge Park

64 Davis Dr
Bristol, Connecticut
Family & Senior

Bonnie Acres

33 Vance Dr
Bristol, Connecticut
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR

Low Income Housing Managed by Bristol Housing Authority

Mountain Laurel Manor

31 Quaker Ln
Bristol, Connecticut
Subsidized
62+

Zbikowski Park

334 Lake Ave
Bristol, Connecticut
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Komanetsky Estates

81 Grove Avenue
Bristol, Connecticut
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
62+