Portland Housing Authority

14 Baxter Boulevard
Portland, Cumberland County, Maine 4101

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Portland Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Portland, Maine that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), and Moderate Rehabilitation programs. As of November 11th, 2019, Portland Housing Authority has 3 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Moderate Rehabilitation Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Portland Housing Authority serves Portland.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Maine Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Open Until Further Notice
Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Moderate Rehabilitation Open Until Further Notice

Open Portland Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Maine Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Centralized Waiting List

The Maine Centralized Section 8/HCV Waiting List is currently open, from April 2013, until further notice.

There are four ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Download and print the application online here. Select the "HCV application" link under the Download section.
  3. Contact one of the participating housing authorities to request an application by mail. Contact information for all participating housing authorities can be found here.
  4. Pick up a pre-application at the office of a participating housing authority. Address information for all participating housing authorities can be found here.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed, faxed or submitted in person to any participating housing authority. Contact information for all participating housing authorities can be viewed here.

The waiting list will be sorted differently by each housing authority according to its own preferences.

Participating housing authorities may have any of the following preferences: Disabled, elderly, family with minor children or dependents, where you live, veteran, displaced by natural or national disaster, chronically homeless, at where you work, non-subsidized, local full-time student, working, non-elderly or disabled single person family, Tedford Shelter resident. A full explanation of all preferences can be viewed here.

For more information, visit the website here, or contact a participating housing authority listed here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via one of the participating housing authorities listed here: http://mainesection8centralwaitlist.org/dup/?page_id=140.

Last Updated on 06/05/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Portland Housing Authority (PHA) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently open, since at least May, 2019, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, contact the PHA or the property owner. Contact information for each community can be found here.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed or hand delivered to the PHA at:

14 Baxter Boulevard
Portland, ME 04101

For more information, visit the PHA Project-Based Vouchers page, or the PHA website

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (207) 773-4753.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 05/28/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Portland Housing Authority (PHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least June, 2015, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

There are three ways to apply:

  1. Visit the PHA office, located at 14 Baxter Blvd, Portland, ME 04101.
  2. Call (207) 773-4753 to request an application by mail.
  3. Send a written request by mail to:
    Portland Housing Authority
    14 Baxter Boulevard
    Portland, ME 04101

For more information, visit the PHA Public Housing Program page, or the PHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (207) 773-4753.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/28/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Moderate Rehabilitation Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Portland Housing Authority (PHA) Moderate Rehabilitation waiting list is currently open, since at least May, 2019, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

There are three ways to apply:

  1. Visit the PHA office, located at 14 Baxter Blvd, Portland, ME 04101.
  2. Call (207) 773-4753 to request an application by mail.
  3. Send a written request by mail to:
    Portland Housing Authority
    14 Baxter Boulevard
    Portland, ME 04101

For more information, visit the PHA Moderate Rehabilitation page, or the PHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (207) 773-4753.

Last Updated on 05/28/2019.

About Portland Housing Authority

Veterans Day Notice: HUD offices may be closed in observance of Veterans Day. There may not be staff available in person or by phone.

More information about Portland Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.porthouse.org/.

Representatives of Portland Housing Authority may be available by phone at (207) 773-4753. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 11/11/2019, it is not known if Portland 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 Portland Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Portland Housing Authority manages 1,815 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,541 45 69 66
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $852 $745 $705 $594
Monthly Cost $1,312,618 $33,532 $48,679 $39,206

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 15% having issued approximately 116 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 34 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 $14,996 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 75% were extremely low income (ELI). 27% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 69% 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, 47% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 29% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 22% 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.

32% of households included children, 9% of which had two adults in the household. 26% of households with children have a female head of household. 63% of all households were headed by a female.

24% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 17% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Portland Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 36% include at least one person with a disability. 63% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 75% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

49% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 27% with 2 bedrooms and 24% with 3 or more bedrooms. 11% 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 $370 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $814. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $76.



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

Bayside East, BaysideTerrace, Kennedy Park

58 Boyd Street
Portland, ME
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