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 Section 8 HCV 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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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.

Public Housing Property Inspection Scores

All public housing projects and privately owned rental properties with project-based Section 8 contracts are inspected every 1 to 3 years by HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC). The mission of REAC is to insure that HUD’s multifamily portfolio is well maintained, free of health and safety risks for tenants and to prevent waste, fraud and abuse in HUD’s multifamily programs.

The highest REAC score possible is 100 points. Points are awarded in five inspectable areas: site, building exteriors, common areas, systems and units. Points may be weighted differently for different property types. For example, an urban property with little to no grounds might have a score weighted more on the building exteriors and less on the site whereas a suburban property with acres of land will be weighted more on the site review.

The frequency of REAC inspections is determined by the last REAC score a property received. If a property receives a REAC score of 90 or higher, the next REAC inspection will be scheduled in 3 years. Scores of 80 to 89 require re-inspection in 2 years and scores of 60 to 79 require re-inspection in a year.

A score of less than 60 is considered failing. Scores of 31 to 59 require re-inspection in 60 days and scores of 30 or lower are referred to a HUD Enforcement Center for corrective action.

Property Score Inspection Date
Richmond Tws 79/100 05/20/2014
West End Grdns 42/100 05/19/2014
Richmond Tws 55/100 05/23/2013
Elmwood Grdns 33/100 05/22/2013
West End Grdns 57/100 05/21/2013

Public Housing Operated by Housing Authority of Plainfield

544 W 2nd St
Elmwood Gardens is a 120 unit low income housing apartment community in Plainfield.
520 E Front St
Richmond Tws is a 225 unit low income housing apartment community in Plainfield.
317 Plainfield Ave
West End Gardens is a 128 unit low income housing apartment community in Plainfield.
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Affordable Apartments near Housing Authority of Plainfield

1272 Park Avenue
Cedarbrook Apartments is a 141 unit low income housing apartment community that provides St.-1 bedroom apartments for rent in Plainfield. Rents at Cedarbrook Apartments are $1,022-1,066.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Rental Assistance Payments Section 236 Low Income Housing Tax Credit Project Based Rental Assistance
130 W Front St
Horizons at Plainfield 657 is a 74 unit low income housing apartment community in Plainfield.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Plainfield.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
132 E Front St
East Front Street Condominiums 200 is a 10 unit low income housing apartment community in Plainfield.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Plainfield.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit