Jersey City Housing Authority

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

Program Details

Jersey City Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Agency in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Jersey City Housing Authority serves Jersey City.

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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.

After applying, applicants will receive a confirmation page. Print and keep this page in a safe and easy to access place.

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

Last Updated on 05/19/2017.

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 has 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.

After applying, applicants will receive a confirmation page. Print and keep this page in a safe and easy to access place.

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

Last Updated on 08/06/2018.

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 09/19/2018, it is not known if Jersey City Housing Authority is accepting Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

Public Housing Homeownership

As of August 29th, 2018 Jersey City Housing Authority is participating in the Public Housing Homeownership program.


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

As of the most recent VMS report, Jersey City Housing Authority manages 4,156 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 2,583 1 169 294 282 62 290
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $862 $467 $1,078 $1,055 $979 $951 $809
Monthly Cost $2,226,282 $467 $182,228 $310,103 $275,958 $58,983 $234,682

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.


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