Van Buren Housing Authority
Van Buren 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, Van Buren Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.
The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.
Van Buren Housing Authority serves Van Buren.
Waiting List Statuses
|Maine Housing Choice Voucher Centralized
||Open Until Further Notice
| Public Housing
||Open Until Further Notice
Open Van Buren 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.
Van Buren Housing Authority Phone: (207) 868-5441.
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:
- Complete the online application here.
- Download and print the application online here. Select the "HCV application" link under the Download section.
- Contact one of the participating housing authorities to request an application by mail. Contact information for all participating housing authorities can be found here.
- 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.
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:
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 Van Buren Housing Authority (VBHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.
The VBHA offers one public housing community with 90 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.
To apply for public housing, you must call the VBHA at 207-868-5441 to schedule an appointment to fill out an application during normal office hours.
Be sure to bring these documents with you to the appointment: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.
The VBHA does have a preference for applicants that live and/or work in Van Buren.
For more information, the VBHA can be reached by calling 207-868-5441 during normal office hours.
Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (207)868-5441.
Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.
Last Updated on 06/12/2015.
About Van Buren Housing Authority
Representatives of Van Buren Housing Authority may be available by phone at (207) 868-5441. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.
About the Van Buren Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Van Buren Housing Authority manages 77 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:
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher
Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Van Buren 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 16% having issued approximately 6 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 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 7 months on the waiting list1.
According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.2 persons and has a household income of $10,286 per year. 100% of households were very low income (VLI) and 75% were extremely low income (ELI). 5% 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 92% 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, 20% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 50% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 7% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.
6% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 5% of households with children have a female head of household. 55% of all households were headed by a female.
2% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with -1% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.
Of all households participating in the Van Buren Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 64% include at least one person with a disability. 77% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 73% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.
Bedroom Size and Overhousing
74% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 17% with 2 bedrooms and 9% 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 Van Buren Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $251 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $358. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $46.
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 Apartments Operated by Van Buren Housing Authority
3 Acadia Ter
Van Buren, Maine