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South Portland Housing Authority

100 Waterman Drive, Suite 101
South Portland, Cumberland County, Maine 4106

South Portland Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of October 22nd, 2020, South Portland Housing Authority has 5 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The 2-4 Bedroom Family Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The 1 and 2-Bedroom Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Efficiency Near-Elderly, Elderly, and Disabled Waiting List is open indefinitely. The 2-Bedroom Handicapped Accessible Waiting List is open indefinitely. The 1-Bedroom Near Elderly Waiting List is open indefinitely.

South Portland Housing Authority serves South Portland.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Maine Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Open Until Further Notice
2-4 Bedroom Family Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
1 and 2-Bedroom Senior and Disabled Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Efficiency Near-Elderly, Elderly, and Disabled Open Until Further Notice
2-Bedroom Handicapped Accessible Open Until Further Notice
1-Bedroom Near Elderly Open Until Further Notice

Open South Portland 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.

South Portland Housing Authority Website: http://spha.net/#.

South Portland Housing Authority Phone: (207) 773-4140.

Open Until Further Notice: Maine Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Centralized Waiting List

This housing authority participates in the Maine Centralized Section 8 HCV Waiting List, which is a partnership between all 24 housing authorities in Maine. Applicants submit one application to apply to a centralized waiting list. Selected applicants will be placed on the centralized waiting list, and will be under consideration for every participating housing authority.

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 08/21/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: 2-4 Bedroom Family Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The South Portland Housing Authority (SPHA) Public Housing waiting list for Family 2-4 Bedroom units is currently open, since at least October 1, 2017, until further notice. No closing date has been identified. It is not known when it was last open.

Please note: A list of all Public Housing communities can be found here.

To apply, call (207) 773-4140, Ext. 220, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm ET, to schedule an appointment to complete an application.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live, Work, or Attend School Locally, Elderly, Disabled, and Veterans.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, by order of preferences.

At the time of the appointment, SPHA and the applicant will determine which Public Housing Development would meet specific applicant needs and requirements.

For more information, visit the SPHA website, or call the office at (207) 773-4140.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (207) 773-4140, Extension 220 .

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 10/11/2018.

Open Until Further Notice: 1 and 2-Bedroom Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

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

The South Portland Housing Authority (SPHA) Public Housing waiting list for Elderly/Disabled 1-2 Bedroom units is currently open, since at least October 1, 2017, until further notice. No closing date has been identified. It is not known when it was last open.

Please note: A list of all Public Housing communities can be found here.

To apply, call (207) 773-4140, Ext. 220, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm ET, to schedule an appointment to complete an application.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live, Work, or Attend School Locally, Elderly, Disabled, and Veterans.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, by order of preferences.

At the time of the appointment, SPHA and the applicant will determine which Public Housing Development would meet specific applicant needs and requirements.

For more information, visit the SPHA website, or call the office at (207) 773-4140.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (207) 773-4140, Extension 220 .

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 10/11/2018.

Open Until Further Notice: Efficiency Near-Elderly, Elderly, and Disabled Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The South Portland Housing Authority (SPHA) Near-Elderly (55+), Elderly, and Disabled waiting list for 0-Bedroom Efficiency units is currently open, since at least October 1, 2017, until further notice. No closing date has been identified. It is not known when it was last open.

To apply, call (207) 773-4140, Ext. 220, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm ET, to schedule an appointment to complete an application.

For more information, visit the SPHA website, or call the office at (207) 773-4140.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (207) 773-4140.

Last Updated on 10/11/2018.

Open Until Further Notice: 2-Bedroom Handicapped Accessible Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The South Portland Housing Authority (SPHA) Near-Elderly (55+) waiting list for 2-Bedroom Handicapped Accessible units at Adam Court is currently open, since at least October 1, 2017, until further notice. No closing date has been identified. It is not known when it was last open.

To apply, call (207) 773-4140, Ext. 220, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm ET, to schedule an appointment to complete an application.

For more information, visit the SPHA website, or call the office at (207) 773-4140.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (207) 773-4140, Extension 220 .

Last Updated on 10/11/2018.

Open Until Further Notice: 1-Bedroom Near Elderly Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The South Portland Housing Authority (SPHA) Near-Elderly (55+) waiting list for 1-Bedroom units at Ridgeland Gardens and Ridgeland Estates is currently open, since at least October 1, 2017, until further notice. No closing date has been identified. It is not known when it was last open.

To apply, call (207) 773-4140, Ext. 220, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm ET, to schedule an appointment to complete an application.

For more information, visit the SPHA website, or call the office at (207) 773-4140.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (207) 773-4140.

Last Updated on 10/11/2018.

About South Portland Housing Authority

More information about South Portland Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://spha.net/#.

Representatives of South Portland Housing Authority may be available by phone at (207) 773-4140. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

Open today from 8:00am to 4:00pm ET.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am-4:00pm
Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm
Friday 8:00am-4:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
HCV Portability Status

As of 10/22/2020, it is not known if South 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 South Portland Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, South Portland Housing Authority manages 362 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 Ported Out
Vouchers 343 19
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $795 $766
Monthly Cost $272,789 $14,556

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for South 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 12% having issued approximately 31 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 1 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 36 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $17,466 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 63% were extremely low income (ELI). 32% 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 64% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 47% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 30% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 4% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

43% of households included children, 8% of which had two adults in the household. 35% of households with children have a female head of household. 78% of all households were headed by a female.

19% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 13% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the South Portland Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 24% include at least one person with a disability. 54% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 36% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

34% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 37% with 2 bedrooms and 28% with 3 or more bedrooms. 14% 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 South Portland Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $447 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $823. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $93.



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.