Portland Housing Authority

11 Riverside Street
Portland, Middlesex County, Connecticut
(860) 342-1688

Portland Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Portland, Connecticut that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs.

Portland Housing Authority serves Cromwell and Portland.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Portland and Cromwell, Connecticut Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Unknown

Other Portland Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Portland and Cromwell, Connecticut Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Portland Housing Authority (PHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one week in August, 2018. 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 application online.
  2. Pick up an application at the PHA office.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must have been postmarked between August 6 and August 13, 2018 and mailed to the Portland Housing Authority.

There were no preferences.

175 applicants were selected by random lottery to complete a full application. On August 14, 2018, the 175 applicants will be selected and mailed a complete application.

For more information, visit the PHA website, or call the office at (860) 342-1688.

Last Updated on 10/17/2018.

Unknown: Public Housing Waiting List

The status of this waiting list is unknown. If you have information regarding this waiting list contact us.

Last Updated on 08/09/2018.

About Portland Housing Authority

HCV Portability Status

As of 08/01/2018, Portland 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 Portland Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, 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 $764 $1,441
Monthly Cost $57,293 $4,322

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.


Public Housing Operated by Portland Housing Authority

32 Chatham Ct
Portland, Connecticut
Chatham Court is a 49 unit low income housing apartment community in Portland.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Income Based
Public Housing
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