About Waterbury Housing Authority

The Waterbury Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Waterbury, Connecticut.

The Waterbury Housing Authority serves Waterbury.

Waterbury Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Waterbury, Connecticut Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

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 prior to 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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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.

Public Housing for Senior and Disabled Waiting List: Closed

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 the Waterbury Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Waterbury Housing Authority manages 2,269 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 Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,819 93 104 112 63
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $650 $348 $966 $627 $661
Monthly Cost $1,182,737 $32,337 $100,423 $70,229 $41,666

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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