About Hartford Housing Authority

The Hartford Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Hartford, Connecticut.

The Hartford Housing Authority serves Hartford.

Hartford Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Hartford Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Open Indefinitely

The Hartford Housing Authority (HHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open on a limited basis for households that meet the chronically homeless preference. This waiting list opened on July 22, 2016, and is open indefinitely.

Please note: This waiting list is closed to the general public. Further explanation of the chronically homeless preference can be found here.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the pre-application online here. Scroll down to the section titled pre-application form. The pre-application is available in English and Spanish.
  2. Pick up a pre-application at the Journey Home office, located at 255 Main St, 2nd floor, Hartford, CT 06106, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be mailed or hand delivered to:

COH Chronically Homeless Preference Waiting List
c/o Journey Home
255 Main Street, 2nd Fl
Hartford, CT 06106

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 HHA website, or call the office at (860) 723-8410.

Last Updated on 09/16/2016.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

The Hartford Housing Authority (HHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for senior/disabled households.

Please note: Only the 1-bedroom waiting list is currently open at this time.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the pre-application online here.
  2. Pick up a pre-application at the HHA office, located at 180 John D. Wardlaw Way, Hartford, CT 06106, during normal office hours.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address above.

If a member of the household is disabled and requires reasonable accommodation for these services, contact the HHA Section 504 Coordinator at (860) 723-8462.

The following documentation is required when submitting the pre-application: Social Security Cards and birth certificates for all members of the household, photo ID for all adult (18+) members of the household.

For more information, visit the HHA website, or call the office at (860) 723-8410.

Last Updated on 10/06/2015.


About the Hartford Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Hartford Housing Authority manages 1,823 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,589 1 107 126
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $717 $395 $819 $655
Monthly Cost $1,139,050 $395 $87,651 $82,494

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Hartford 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 5% having issued approximately 340 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 12 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 26 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $14,524 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 82% were extremely low income (ELI). 37% 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 58% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 56% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 20% 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.

49% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 47% of households with children have a female head of household. 88% of all households were headed by a female.

96% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 36% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Hartford Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 20% include at least one person with a disability. 23% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 80% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

31% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 31% with 2 bedrooms and 38% with 3 or more bedrooms. 8% 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 Hartford Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $348 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $757. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $159.



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 Operated by Hartford Housing Authority

32 Sanford St
Nelton Court is a 184 unit low income housing apartment community in Hartford.
80 Charter Oak Ave
Percival C. Smith Towers is a 482 unit low income housing apartment community in Hartford.
39 Wadsworth St
Hartford Scattered Site I is a 212 unit low income housing apartment community in Hartford.
41 Norwich St
New Dutch Point Phase I is a 73 unit low income housing apartment community in Hartford.
52 Norwich St
New Dutch Point Phase II is a 54 unit low income housing apartment community in Hartford.

Affordable Apartments near Hartford Housing Authority

410 Asylum Street
The Hollander Building is a 70 unit low income housing apartment community that provides St.-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Hartford. Rents at The Hollander Building are $725-1,700.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Hartford.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
7-9 Marshall St.
7-9 Marshall is a 115 unit low income housing apartment community that provides St.-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Hartford.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
170 Sisson Avenue
Shepherd Park Apartments is a 373 unit low income housing apartment community that provides St.-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Hartford.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Low Income Housing Tax Credit Project Based Rental Assistance