Fall River Housing Authority

85 Morgan Street
Fall River, Bristol County, Massachusetts
(508) 675-3500

Fall River Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Fall River, Massachusetts that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of November 14th, 2018, Fall River Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Fall River Housing Authority serves Fall River.

Open Now: Open Indefinitely Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List

The Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List is a partnership between 102 of the 131 housing authorities in Massachusetts. 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. Waiting list information can be found on our page here.

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About Fall River Housing Authority

More information about Fall River Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.fallriverha.org/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 11/14/2018, it is not known if Fall River Housing Authority is aborbing 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 Fall River Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Fall River Housing Authority manages 2,100 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 1,870 47 146
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $585 $660 $823
Monthly Cost $1,093,024 $31,026 $120,198

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Fall River 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 6% having issued approximately 327 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 10 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 54 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2 persons and has a household income of $14,920 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 17% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 77% 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, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

36% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 35% of households with children have a female head of household. 81% of all households were headed by a female.

20% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 10% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Fall River Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 37% include at least one person with a disability. 60% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 66% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

25% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 44% with 2 bedrooms and 31% with 3 or more bedrooms. 33% 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 Fall River Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $375 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $645. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $125.



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.


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