Westbrook Housing Authority

Waiting Lists

Learn more about Westbrook Housing Authority.

Open: Maine Housing Choice Voucher Centralized

This housing authority participates in the Maine Centralized Section 8 HCV Waiting List, which is a partnership between all 20 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.

The Maine Centralized waiting list will accept applications 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.
  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.

Sources: This information was verified by the Maine Centralized page on December 28, 2022.

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/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/CWL-Participating-Housing-Authorities-REVISED-7-6-2020.pdf.

Last Updated on 12/28/2022.

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Open: Westbrook Housing Authority Public Housing

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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

The Westbrook Housing Authority (WHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for senior/disabled individuals.

Please note: The WHA does not offer a public housing program for families.

The WHA offers two public housing communities with 83 units dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

There are three ways to apply:
1. Visit the WHA to pick up an application, located at 30 Liza Harmon Dr., Westbrook, ME 04092, during normal office hours.
2. Request that an application be mailed to you by calling 207-854-9779 during normal office hours.
3. Download the application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

The WHA does have a preference for applicants that are victims of domestic violence, or veterans.

More information can be found by visiting the WHA website at http://westbrookhousing.org/, or by calling 207-854-9779 during normal office hours.
Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (207)854-9779.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/12/2015.

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About Westbrook Housing Authority

30 Liza Harmon Drive, Westbrook, ME | Visit Website | (207) 854-9779

Westbrook Housing Authority provides affordable housing for up to 835 low and moderate income households through its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Public Housing programs..

Housing Authority Jurisdiction

Low-income housing managed by Westbrook Housing Authority is located in:

Households with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher managed by this housing authority must rent within its jurisdiction.

About the Westbrook Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Westbrook Housing Authority manages 811 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following table summarizes types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 619 26 14 3 67
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $969 $885 $891 $423 $814
Monthly Cost $599,589 $23,019 $12,479 $1,269 $54,566
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 18% having issued approximately 43 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 32 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 $15,059 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 73% were extremely low income (ELI). 24% 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 71% 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, 44% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 19% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 35% 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.

36% of households included children, 9% of which had two adults in the household. 28% of households with children have a female head of household. 73% of all households were headed by a female.

13% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 11% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Westbrook Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 25% 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. 32% 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, 28% with 2 bedrooms and 24% with 3 or more bedrooms. 12% 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 Westbrook Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $393 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $851. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $91.

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.