Carteret Housing Authority

96 Roosevelt Avenue
Carteret, Middlesex County, New Jersey 7008

Carteret Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Carteret, New Jersey that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.

Carteret Housing Authority serves Carteret.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Closed

Other Carteret Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Carteret Housing Authority (CHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for elderly/disabled individuals.

Please Note: The public housing waiting list for families is currently closed.

The CHA offers two public housing communities with 252 units for families and senior/disabled individuals. 

To apply for public housing, you must visit the CHA to pick up an application, located at 96 Roosevelt Ave, Carteret, NJ 07008, between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:15 pm, Monday-Thursday; and on Friday between the hours of 8:30 am and 12:45 pm.

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

Be sure to include these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, photo IDs for all adult household members, proof of all income.

The CHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: veteran, homeless, displaced, or live and/or work in Carteret.

For more information the CHA can be reached by calling (732) 541-6800 during normal office hours Monday-Thursday and on Friday between the hours of 8:30 am and 12:45 pm.

Last Updated on 06/05/2015.

About Carteret Housing Authority

Representatives of Carteret Housing Authority may be available by phone at (732) 541-6800. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 11/19/2019, it is not known if Carteret 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 Carteret Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Carteret Housing Authority manages 592 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 90 1 166 19 143
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,165 $534 $1,214 $1,123 $936
Monthly Cost $104,838 $534 $201,518 $21,328 $133,840

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Carteret 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 11% having issued approximately 33 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 24 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.8 persons and has a household income of $17,483 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 79% were extremely low income (ELI). 39% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 57% 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, 69% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 19% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 11% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

61% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 58% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

87% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 36% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Carteret Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 18% include at least one person with a disability. 34% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 71% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

17% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 37% with 2 bedrooms and 46% with 3 or more bedrooms. 13% 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 Carteret Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $408 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,062. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $155.



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 Carteret Housing Authority

Jeanette Smith Village

A1 Edwin St
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Edw J Dolan Hms

A1 Union St
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