About Portland Housing Authority

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

Portland Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

The Portland Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

This housing authority has one apartment community dedicated to families and one community dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing you must pick up an application at the housing authority office, located at 
9 Chatham Ct., Portland, CT, during normal office hours.

Once the application has been completed it can be mailed or and hand delivered to the address listed above. Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of income, proof of assets, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

This housing authority has a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: senior, disabled, or living and/or working in Portland.

For more information, the housing authority can be reached by calling 860-342-1688, during normal office hours.


  • What: Portland Housing Authority Public Housing Opening
  • Preferences For: The Elderly. Persons Who Live, Work, or Attend School Locally. Persons with Disabilities.

  • A waiting list with preferences means that applicants who qualify for the preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of the preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance. Learn More About Preferences.

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.

About the Portland Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Portland Housing Authority manages 78 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 75 3
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $787 $930
Monthly Cost $59,034 $2,790

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Portland 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 6% having issued approximately 13 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 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 1 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $18,017 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 65% were extremely low income (ELI). 32% of households had wages as a major source of income, 5% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 62% 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, 52% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 27% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 21% 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.

46% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 43% of households with children have a female head of household. 78% of all households were headed by a female.

42% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 26% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Portland Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 28% include at least one person with a disability. 38% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 88% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

35% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 38% with 2 bedrooms and 27% with 3 or more bedrooms. 9% 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 Portland Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $460 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $800. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $203.

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.