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City of Hartford Department of Development Services

250 Constitution Plaza, 4th Floor
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut 6103

City of Hartford Department of Development Services is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Homeownership Voucher, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), and Family Unification Program (FUP) programs.

City of Hartford Department of Development Services serves Hartford.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Other City of Hartford Department of Development Services 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.

City of Hartford Department of Development Services Website: http://www.hartford.gov/dds-housing.

City of Hartford Department of Development Services Phone: (860) 757-9049.

Closed: Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The City of Hartford Department of Development Services (CHDDS) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for households that met the chronically homeless preference from July, 2016 until May, 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 forms on the Journey Home website. The forms were available in English and Spanish.
  2. Pick up am application at the Journey Home office.

Once the application was completed, it must have been mailed or hand delivered to Journey Home.

For more information, visit the CHDDS website.

Last Updated on 05/28/2019.

About City of Hartford Department of Development Services

More information about City of Hartford Department of Development Services can be found on its website at http://www.hartford.gov/dds-housing.

Representatives of City of Hartford Department of Development Services may be available by phone at (860) 757-9049. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 07/02/2020, it is not known if City of Hartford Department of Development Services is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the City of Hartford Department of Development Services Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, City of Hartford Department of Development Services manages 4,528 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 VASH
Vouchers 4,317 6 97 5 98 5
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $750 $411 $986 $460 $960 $733
Monthly Cost $3,237,037 $2,464 $95,648 $2,299 $94,071 $3,663

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for City of Hartford Department of Development Services

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 4% having issued approximately 1,169 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 12 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 51 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $13,620 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 84% were extremely low income (ELI). 29% 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 61% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 44% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 27% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 28% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

38% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 36% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

95% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 32% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the City of Hartford Department of Development Services Housing Choice Voucher program, 29% include at least one person with a disability. 33% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 86% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

34% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 32% with 3 or more bedrooms. 14% 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 City of Hartford Department of Development Services voucher holders in 2016 was $339 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $810. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $135.



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.