Jersey City Housing Authority

400 U.S. Highway, # 1
Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey
(201) 706-4601

Jersey City Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Jersey City, New Jersey that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, Public Housing Homeownership, and Family Self-sufficiency programs. As of February 17th, 2019, Jersey City Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Dwight Street Homes Homeownership Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Berry Gardens Senior Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Jersey City Housing Authority serves Jersey City.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Dwight Street Homes Homeownership Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Berry Gardens Senior Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Jersey City, New Jersey Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Project-Based Voucher Closed
General Public Housing Closed
LIHTC/HOPE VI Closed
Lafayette Village Apartments LIHTC/HOPE VI Closed

Open Jersey City Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Dwight Street Homes Homeownership Public Housing Waiting List

The Jersey City Housing Authority (JCHA) Public Housing Homeownership waiting list for Dwight Street Homes is currently open until further notice.

Please note: According to the JCHA, applicants are eligible if they:

  • Are interested in buying a 2-family home
  • Have 3, 4 or 5 persons in your household
  • Have good credit or credit that can be repaired within 6 months
  • Have income between 60% - 80% of median income as follows:
    3 persons: $43,440- $57,920
    4 persons: $48,240- $64,320
    5 persons: $52,140- $69,520 

There are three ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the application online here.
  2. Pick up an application at the JCHA Central office, located at 400 U.S. Highway #1, Jersey City, NJ 07306 (Marion Gardens).
  3. Pick up an application at the Berry Gardens Management offices, located at 199 Ocean Avenue and 92 Danforth Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07305.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be returned to the Jersey City Housing Authority’s Applicant Selection Department, 400 U.S. Highway #1 Jersey City, NJ 07306.

For more information, visit the JCHA Public Housing page here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (201) 706-4600.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 12/05/2018.

Open Indefinitely: Berry Gardens Senior Public Housing Waiting List

The Jersey City Housing Authority (JCHA) Senior Public Housing waiting list for Berry Gardens is currently open until further notice.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Pick up an application at the JCHA Central office, located at 400 U.S. Highway #1, Jersey City, NJ 07306 (Marion Gardens).
  2. Pick up an application at the Berry Gardens Management offices, located at 199 Ocean Avenue and 92 Danforth Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07305.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be returned to the Jersey City Housing Authority’s Applicant Selection Department, 400 U.S. Highway #1 Jersey City, NJ 07306.

For more information, visit the JCHA Public Housing page here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (201) 706-4600.

Last Updated on 12/05/2018.

Other Jersey City Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Jersey City, New Jersey Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Jersey City Housing Authority (JCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for five days in May 2017; and before that in 2002, and in 1995. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Live and/or work in Jersey City, victims of domestic violence, veteran.

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

For more information, visit the JCHA Housing Choice Voucher Program page here.

Last Updated on 12/05/2018.

Closed: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Jersey City Housing Authority (JCHA) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for five days in May 2017.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list had a preference for persons who live and/or work in Jersey City. There may be additional preferences. We have contacted the JCHA for confirmation, and will update this page when more information becomes available.

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

For more information, visit the JCHA Housing Choice Voucher Program page here, and scroll down to the "Project Based Assistance" section.

Last Updated on 12/05/2018.

Closed: General Public Housing Waiting List

The Jersey City Housing Authority (JCHA) General Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one week in August, 2018. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the JCHA website, or call the office at (201) 706-4600.

Last Updated on 12/28/2018.

Closed: LIHTC/HOPE VI Waiting List

The Jersey City Housing Authority (JCHA) LIHTC/HOPE VI waiting list is currently closed. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the JCHA Tax Credit Sites page here.

Last Updated on 12/05/2018.

Closed: Lafayette Village Apartments LIHTC/HOPE VI Waiting List

The Jersey City Housing Authority (JCHA) LIHTC/HOPE VI waiting list for Lafayette Village Apartments is currently closed. It was last open for one month from August until September, 2018. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to pick up an application at the Lafayette Village Apartments.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be dropped off at the Lafayette Village Apartments Office.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Victims of a Federally Declared Disaster, Jersey City Resident, Working Families, Victim of Domestic Violence, and Veterans.

It is not known how applicants were placed on the waiting list, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the JCHA website, call the office at (201) 706-4600, or call the Lafayette Village Apartments at (201) 360-8358.

Last Updated on 12/28/2018.

About Jersey City Housing Authority

More information about Jersey City Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.jcha-gov.us/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/19/2018, Jersey City Housing Authority is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

For more information about the Housing Choice Voucher program visit the JCHA web page here.

Public Housing Program

For more information about the Public Housing program visit the JCHA web page here.

Family Self-sufficiency Program

For more information about the Family Self Sufficiency Program visit the JCHA FSS web page here.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 9:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am-5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm
Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

About the Jersey City Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Jersey City Housing Authority manages 4,131 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 Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,610 2 155 282 279 58 278
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $856 $31 $1,061 $1,002 $968 $833 $903
Monthly Cost $2,233,436 $62 $164,400 $282,490 $269,971 $48,304 $251,004

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Jersey City 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 7% having issued approximately 562 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 87 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $16,330 per year. 91% 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, 5% 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

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 46% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 29% 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.

39% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 37% of households with children have a female head of household. 83% of all households were headed by a female.

88% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 50% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Jersey City Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 29% 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. 75% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

45% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 38% with 2 bedrooms and 17% 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 Jersey City Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $384 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $882. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $117.



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 Jersey City Housing Authority

Pacific Court

226 Pacific Ave
Jersey City, NJ
2-3 BR

Booker T Washington Apartments

90 Fremont St
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Curries Woods

3 New Heckman Dr
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Berry Gardens

199 Ocean Ave
Jersey City, NJ
Income Based
Studio-2 BR
62+

Senior Living Center at Lafayette 654

463 Pacific Ave
Jersey City, NJ
HCV Welcome