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Waterbury Housing Authority

2 Lakewood Road
Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut 6704

Waterbury Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.

Waterbury Housing Authority serves Waterbury.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Waterbury, Connecticut Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Senior and Disabled Public Housing Closed

Other Waterbury 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.

Waterbury Housing Authority Website: http://wtbyha.com/.

Waterbury Housing Authority Phone: (203) 596-2640.

COVID-19 Update: As of March 30, 2020, the website says:

"all Waterbury Housing Authority (WHA) offices will be closed to residents and the public effective 8:30 am on 3/19/2020, until further notice"

More information can be found here.

Closed: Waterbury, Connecticut Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Waterbury Housing Authority (WHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for three days in August 2016, and before that in November 2012.


Waterbury, CT is about 20 miles north of New Haven, CT.


To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.


There are no preferences.


2,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.


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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 WHA website, or call the office at (203) 596-2640.

Last Updated on 08/29/2016.

Closed: Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

The Waterbury Housing Authority (WHA) is not accepting public housing waiting list applications at this time. 

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 WHA website, or call the office at (203) 596-2640.

Last Updated on 08/02/2016.

About Waterbury Housing Authority

More information about Waterbury Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://wtbyha.com/.

Representatives of Waterbury Housing Authority may be available by phone at (203) 596-2640. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/20/2020, it is not known if Waterbury Housing Authority 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 Waterbury Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Waterbury Housing Authority manages 2,037 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 Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,695 62 77 82 72
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $710 $411 $1,010 $382 $698
Monthly Cost $1,203,201 $25,500 $77,758 $31,359 $50,237

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Waterbury 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 10% having issued approximately 201 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 23 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 $14,245 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 79% 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 59% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 54% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

46% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 43% of households with children have a female head of household. 85% of all households were headed by a female.

77% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 28% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Waterbury Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 21% 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. 71% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

26% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 38% with 3 or more bedrooms. 19% 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 Waterbury Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $351 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $675. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $161.



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.


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