About Portsmouth Housing Authority

The Portsmouth Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The Portsmouth Housing Authority serves Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Portsmouth Housing Authority (PHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The PHA offers two Public Housing communities with 419 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the PHA to pick up an application, located at 245 Middle St., Portsmouth, NH 03801, during normal office hours.
2. 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.

Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, and documented proof if claiming a preference.

The PHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: living and/or working in Portsmouth, elderly, disabled, employed, or a veteran.

More information can be found by visiting the PHA website at http://www.porthousing.org/en/, or by calling 603-436-4310 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 06/19/2015.

More information about Portsmouth Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.porthousing.org/en/.


About the Portsmouth Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Portsmouth Housing Authority manages 377 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 364 9 4
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $678 $809 $827
Monthly Cost $246,938 $7,280 $3,306

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Portsmouth 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 24 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 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 17 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.8 persons and has a household income of $17,460 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 68% were extremely low income (ELI). 27% 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 72% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 37% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 27% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 34% 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.

28% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 25% of households with children have a female head of household. 78% of all households were headed by a female.

13% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 8% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Portsmouth Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 33% include at least one person with a disability. 53% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 47% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

42% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 37% with 2 bedrooms and 21% with 3 or more bedrooms. 25% 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 Portsmouth Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $438 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $791. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $130.



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 Operated by Portsmouth Housing Authority

245 Middle St
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