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Rochester Housing Authority

77 Olde Farm Lane
Rochester, Strafford County, New Hampshire 3857

Rochester Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of September 27th, 2020, Rochester Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Rochester Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Rochester Housing Authority serves Rochester.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Rochester Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Rochester Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Rochester Housing Authority Website: https://www.rhanh.org/.

Rochester Housing Authority Phone: (603) 332-4126.

Open Until Further Notice: Rochester Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) iSection 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open until further notice.

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.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (603)332-4126.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/12/2017.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

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.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (603)332-4126.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/06/2016.

About Rochester Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Rochester Housing Authority may be available by phone at (603) 332-4126. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 09/27/2020, it is not known if Rochester 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.


About the Rochester Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Rochester Housing Authority manages 186 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard
Vouchers 186
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $740
Monthly Cost $137,680

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.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Rochester Housing Authority

Wellsweep Acres

11 Felker St
Rochester, New Hampshire