About Lewiston Housing Authority

The Lewiston Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Lewiston, Maine.

The Lewiston Housing Authority serves Lewiston.

Lewiston Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Lewiston Housing Authority (LHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The LHA offers four public housing communities with 437 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the LHA to pick up an application, located at 1 College St, Lewiston, ME 04240, during normal office hours.
2. Request an application be mailed to you by calling (207) 783-1424 during normal office hours.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. No documents are needed at this time.

The LHA does have a preference for veterans.

For more information, the LHA can be reached by calling (207) 783-1424 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 06/12/2015.


About the Lewiston Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Lewiston Housing Authority manages 1,130 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 1,055 11 5 54
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $476 $309 $186 $874
Monthly Cost $502,660 $3,400 $929 $47,216

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Lewiston 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 19% having issued approximately 58 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 8 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.8 persons and has a household income of $14,777 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 61% were extremely low income (ELI). 29% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 65% 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, 51% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 24% 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, 11% of which had two adults in the household. 39% of households with children have a female head of household. 74% of all households were headed by a female.

29% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 29% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Lewiston Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 22% include at least one person with a disability. 48% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 65% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

30% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 33% with 2 bedrooms and 37% with 3 or more bedrooms. 17% 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 Lewiston Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $361 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $542. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $61.



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 Lewiston Housing Authority

70 Blake St
Lewiston, Maine
Blake Street Towers is a 107 unit low income housing apartment community in Lewiston.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
23 Spofford St
Lewiston, Maine
Meadowview Park is a 153 unit low income housing apartment community in Lewiston.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
198 Park St
Lewiston, Maine
Hillview, R.A. and Lp is a 188 unit low income housing apartment community in Lewiston.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
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