Public Housing Waitlist: Open

This information was last updated on June 12th, 2015.

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

The PHA offers seven family communities, and three communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the PHA office to pick up an application, located at 14 Baxter Blvd., Portland, ME 04101, during normal office hours.
2. Request an application be mailed to you by calling 207-773-4753 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 PHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: elderly, disabled, or a family with minor children.

More information can be found by visiting the PHA website at http://www.porthouse.org/, or by calling 207-773-4753 during normal office hours.

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Public Housing for Senior and Disabled Waitlist: Open

This information was last updated on June 12th, 2015.

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

The PHA offers seven family communities, and three communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the PHA office to pick up an application, located at 14 Baxter Blvd., Portland, ME 04101, during normal office hours.
2. Request an application be mailed to you by calling 207-773-4753 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 PHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: elderly, disabled, or a family with minor children.

More information can be found by visiting the PHA website at http://www.porthouse.org/, or by calling 207-773-4753 during normal office hours.

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Portland Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Open Indefinitely

This information was last updated on September 13th, 2016.

Please note: The Maine Centralized Section 8/HCV Waiting List (MCS8/HCVWL) manages a single waiting list for seven housing authorities in the State of Maine. A list of all participating housing authorities can be viewed here.
The Maine Centralized Section 8/HCV Waiting List (MCS8/HCVWL) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher is currently open. The waiting list opened in April 2013, and is open indefinitely.

Please note: Once this application has been submitted, it will be included on the centralized waiting list, and may be under consideration for every participating housing authority. Because of this, there is no need to apply to multiple participating housing authorities, and only one pre-application will be accepted. 

There are four ways to apply:
  1. Complete the online application online here.
  2. Download and print the online pre-application.
  3. Contact one of the participating housing authorities to have an application mailed to you. Contact information for all participating housing authorities can be viewed here.
  4. Pick up an application at the office of a participating housing authority. Click the link above for the location of participating housing authorities.
This waiting list has 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-subsidised, 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.

Once the paper 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.

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 MCS8/HCVWL website, or contact any of the participating housing authorities.

Public Housing Property Inspection Scores

All public housing projects and privately owned rental properties with project-based Section 8 contracts are inspected every 1 to 3 years by HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC). The mission of REAC is to insure that HUD’s multifamily portfolio is well maintained, free of health and safety risks for tenants and to prevent waste, fraud and abuse in HUD’s multifamily programs.

The highest REAC score possible is 100 points. Points are awarded in five inspectable areas: site, building exteriors, common areas, systems and units. Points may be weighted differently for different property types. For example, an urban property with little to no grounds might have a score weighted more on the building exteriors and less on the site whereas a suburban property with acres of land will be weighted more on the site review.

The frequency of REAC inspections is determined by the last REAC score a property received. If a property receives a REAC score of 90 or higher, the next REAC inspection will be scheduled in 3 years. Scores of 80 to 89 require re-inspection in 2 years and scores of 60 to 79 require re-inspection in a year.

A score of less than 60 is considered failing. Scores of 31 to 59 require re-inspection in 60 days and scores of 30 or lower are referred to a HUD Enforcement Center for corrective action.

Property Score Inspection Date
Sagamore Village 74/100 09/03/2014
Washington Gardens 90/100 07/24/2014
Franklin Towers 89/100 07/22/2014
Bayside East 95/100 07/16/2013

Public Housing Operated by Portland Housing Authority

211 Cumberland Ave
Franklin Towers is a 350 unit low income housing apartment community in Portland.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Public Housing
9 Boyd St
Bayside East is a 188 unit low income housing apartment community in Portland.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Public Housing
200 Sherwood St
Washington Gardens is a 150 unit low income housing apartment community in Portland.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Public Housing
15 Springbrook Way
Sagamore Village is a 350 unit low income housing apartment community in Portland.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Public Housing

Portland Housing Authority serves the following locations in the state of Maine:

Affordable Apartments near Portland Housing Authority

151 North Street
Island View Apartments is a 70 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Portland. Rents at Island View Apartments start at $1,135-1,875.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Portland.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit HOME
48 Salem Street
Danforth Heights is a 166 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-4 bedroom apartments for rent in Portland.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Project-Based Section 8
77 Grant St
Prop Family Housing Phase II is a 16 unit low income housing apartment community in Portland.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Portland.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit