About Housing Authority of Bergen County

The Housing Authority of Bergen County is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Hackensack, New Jersey.

The Housing Authority of Bergen County serves Bergen County, Hillsdale, Englewood, Garfield, Paramus, Maywood, Ridgefield Park, Park Ridge, Washington, Leonia, Rutherford, Fort Lee, Ramsey, River Vale, Cresskill, Edgewater, Closter, Haworth, Teaneck, Glen Rock, Hackensack, Midland Park, Westwood, Tenafly, Bergenfield, Dumont and South Hackensack.

Housing Authority of Bergen County Waiting Lists

Housing Authority of Bergen County Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Housing Authority of Bergen County (HABC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when the waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

Last Updated on 07/20/2015.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

The Housing Authority of Bergen County is not accepting public housing waiting list applications at this time.

Last Updated on 06/05/2015.


About the Housing Authority of Bergen County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Housing Authority of Bergen County manages 3,381 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 3,122 86 173
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $949 $804 $923
Monthly Cost $2,961,785 $69,146 $159,709

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of Bergen County

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 5% having issued approximately 676 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 10 years and 11 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 52 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 $16,272 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 77% were extremely low income (ELI). 29% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 66% 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, 35% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 40% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 7% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

29% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 28% of households with children have a female head of household. 76% of all households were headed by a female.

56% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 25% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of Bergen County Housing Choice Voucher program, 22% include at least one person with a disability. 36% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 39% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

53% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 31% with 2 bedrooms and 16% 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 Housing Authority of Bergen County voucher holders in 2016 was $436 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,057. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $105.



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 Housing Authority of Bergen County

147 Hackensack St
Boiling Springs Gardens is a 143 unit low income housing apartment community in East Rutherford.
300 Highland Ave
Highland View Apartments is a 95 unit low income housing apartment community in Palisades Park.
2 Aladdin Ave
David F. Roche Apartments is a 100 unit low income housing apartment community in Dumont.
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Affordable Apartments near Housing Authority of Bergen County

12 Westgate Apartments
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239 Murray Hill Ter
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Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
278 Main St
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Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units