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Housing Authority of Plainfield

510 E Front Street
Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey 7060

Housing Authority of Plainfield is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of July 11th, 2020, Housing Authority of Plainfield has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Senior Housing Other Senior Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Housing Authority of Plainfield serves Plainfield.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Senior Housing Open Until Further Notice
Plainfield, New Jersey Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Open Housing Authority of Plainfield 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.

Housing Authority of Plainfield Website: http://www.hapnj.org.

Housing Authority of Plainfield Phone: (908) 769-6335.

Open Until Further Notice: Senior 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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.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 Other Senior Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Plainfield (HAP) Senior Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least March, 2019, until further notice.

Plainfield, New Jersey is about 15 miles southwest of Newark, New Jersey.

To apply, pick up an application at the HAP office, located at 510 East Front Street, Plainfield, NJ 07060.

For more information, visit the HAP website here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (908) 769-6335.

Last Updated on 03/27/2019.

Other Housing Authority of Plainfield Waiting Lists

Closed: Plainfield, New Jersey Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Plainfield (HAP) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two weeks from March until April, 2019; and before that for two weeks in February, 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Plainfield, New Jersey is about 15 miles southwest of Newark, New Jersey.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the the online application. The application was available in English and Spanish.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Live or work in the City of Plainfield, Veterans, Homeless.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HAP website here.

Last Updated on 05/25/2019.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Plainfield (HAP) Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Plainfield, New Jersey is about 15 miles southwest of Newark, New Jersey.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the the online application. The application was available in English and Spanish.

This waiting list had preferences, and they could be found on the application.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HAP website here.

Last Updated on 03/27/2019.

About Housing Authority of Plainfield

More information about Housing Authority of Plainfield can be found on its website at http://www.hapnj.org.

Representatives of Housing Authority of Plainfield may be available by phone at (908) 769-6335. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 07/11/2020, it is not known if Housing Authority of Plainfield 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 Housing Authority of Plainfield Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of Plainfield manages 728 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 Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 428 185 61
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $846 $781 $1,103
Monthly Cost $362,178 $144,493 $67,263

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of Plainfield

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 12% having issued approximately 60 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 31 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 $17,568 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 34% 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 60% 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, 40% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% 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.

31% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 29% of households with children have a female head of household. 79% of all households were headed by a female.

91% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 82% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of Plainfield Housing Choice Voucher program, 19% include at least one person with a disability. 35% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 29% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

51% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 28% with 2 bedrooms and 21% with 3 or more bedrooms. 9% 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 Plainfield voucher holders in 2016 was $432 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $970. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $96.



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 Housing Authority of Plainfield

Elmwood Gardens

544 W 2nd St
Plainfield, New Jersey

Richmond Tws

520 E Front St
Plainfield, New Jersey

West End Gardens

317 Plainfield Ave
Plainfield, New Jersey