About Housing Authority of Plainfield

The Housing Authority of Plainfield is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Plainfield, New Jersey.

The Housing Authority of Plainfield serves Plainfield.

Housing Authority of Plainfield Waiting Lists

Housing Authority of Plainfield Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Housing Authority of Plainfield (HAP) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two weeks in February 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Plainfield, NJ is about 15 miles southwest of Newark, NJ.

Please note: This waiting list has a preference. This means that applicants who qualify for this preference will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of this preference, it is likely applicants who do qualify will have a long wait to receive assistance, or will not receive assistance from this office.

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

The following preference was identified: Homeless.

500 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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.

The approximate wait time for a voucher, as of February 2016, is seven years.

For more information, visit the HAP website, or call the office at (908) 769-6335.

Last Updated on 04/05/2016.

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


About the Housing Authority of Plainfield Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of Plainfield manages 758 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardTenant ProtectionPorted Out
Vouchers49419965
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$835$767$1,082
Monthly Cost$412,367$152,567$70,322

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.


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