Amherst Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.
Amherst Housing Authority serves Amherst.
|Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Centralized||Open Until Further Notice|
|Seventy Amherst Apartments, Studio,1, and 2-Bedroom, Local Action Units Program||Closed|
|Amherst Housing Authority Public Housing||Unknown|
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.
Amherst Housing Authority Phone: (413) 256-0206.
Representatives of Amherst Housing Authority may be available by phone at (413) 256-0206. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.
As of 12/09/2021, it is not known if Amherst 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.
As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Amherst Housing Authority manages 380 active Housing Choice Vouchers.
The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2021:
|Standard||Tenant Protection||Ported Out|
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher||$745||$939||$981|
According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 7% having issued approximately 57 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 10 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 52 months on the waiting list1.
According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $16,340 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 28% 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 67% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.
2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 53% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 23% 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.
43% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 40% of households with children have a female head of household. 82% of all households were headed by a female.
50% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 16% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.
Of all households participating in the Amherst Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 33% 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. 69% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.
33% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 45% with 2 bedrooms and 23% with 3 or more bedrooms. 11% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.
The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Amherst Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $457 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $761. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $126.
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.