Pittsfield Housing Authority

65 Columbus Avenue
Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts
(413) 443-5936

Open today from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

Pittsfield Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Pittsfield, Massachusetts that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs.

Pittsfield Housing Authority serves Dalton, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesborough, Lenox, Pittsfield, Richmond and Washington.

Other Pittsfield Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Pittsfield, Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Pittsfield Housing Authority (PHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for five days in November, 2018; and before that on a limited basis for one month in June, 2016, and on a limited basis from December, 2014 until January, 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Pittsfield, MA is about 45 miles northwest of Springfield, MA.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to call the PHA to schedule an appointment.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Live, work or hired to work in Pittsfield, Dalton, Hinsdale, Lanesboro, Washington, Lenox, Richmond and Hancock; Families with Children; Disabled/Handicapped; Elderly.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the PHA website here, or call the office at (413) 443-5936.

Last Updated on 11/09/2018.

Unknown: Public Housing Waiting List

The status of this waiting list is unknown. If you have information regarding this waiting list contact us.

Last Updated on 11/05/2018.

About Pittsfield Housing Authority

More information about Pittsfield Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://pittsfieldhousing.org/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 11/06/2018, Pittsfield Housing Authority is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:30am-4:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am-4:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am-4:00pm
Thursday 8:30am-4:00pm
Friday 8:30am-4:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

About the Pittsfield Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Pittsfield Housing Authority manages 546 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 533 13
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $563 $884
Monthly Cost $300,321 $11,496

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Pittsfield 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 8% having issued approximately 66 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 16 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 $15,398 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 80% were extremely low income (ELI). 30% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 65% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 55% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

48% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 45% of households with children have a female head of household. 80% of all households were headed by a female.

25% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 16% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Pittsfield Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 28% include at least one person with a disability. 50% 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

40% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 28% with 3 or more bedrooms. 8% 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 Pittsfield Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $366 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $654. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $128.



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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