About Rochester Housing Authority

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

The Rochester Housing Authority serves Rochester.

Rochester Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Rochester Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) iSection 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

 

There are two ways to apply:

 

  1. Visit the RHA to pick up an application, located at 77 Olde Farm Lane, Rochester, NH 03867.
  2. Download the application online here, then print and complete.

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

 

The following documents are required when submitting the application: Birth certificates, Social Security Cards, and proof of income for all household members; photo IDs for all adult household members.

 

This waiting list has the following preferences: Veteran, live and/or work in Rochester.

 

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

 

For more information, visit the RHA website, or call the office at (603) 332-4126 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 07/12/2017.

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled households.

The RHA offers one Public Housing community with 232 units for families and senior/disabled households.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Visit the RHA to pick up an application, located at 77 Olde Farm Lane, Rochester, NH 03867, during normal office hours.
  2. Download the application online here, then print and complete.
Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

The following documents are required when submitting the application: Birth certificates, Social Security Cards, and proof of income for all household members; photo IDs for all adult household members.

This waiting list has the following preferences: veteran, or live and/or work in Rochester.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the RHA website, or call the office at (603) 332-4126 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 05/06/2016.

More information about Rochester Housing Authority can be found on its website at https://www.rhanh.org/.


About the Rochester Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Rochester Housing Authority manages 172 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard
Vouchers 172
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $655
Monthly Cost $112,580

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Rochester 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 30 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 22 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 $16,548 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 73% were extremely low income (ELI). 19% 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 75% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 45% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 27% 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.

38% of households included children, 10% of which had two adults in the household. 32% of households with children have a female head of household. 74% of all households were headed by a female.

8% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 3% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Rochester Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 38% include at least one person with a disability. 59% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 67% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

34% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 50% with 2 bedrooms and 16% with 3 or more bedrooms. 15% 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 Rochester Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $413 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $820. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $137.



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.