About Middlesex County Division of Housing & Social Services

The Middlesex County Division of Housing & Social Services is a Section 8 Public Housing Agency in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

The Middlesex County Division of Housing & Social Services serves Middlesex County, New Brunswick, Metuchen, South River, Monmouth Junction, Sayreville, Edison, Spotswood, South Plainfield, Jamesburg, Piscataway Township, Middlesex, Highland Park, North Brunswick, Old Bridge, South Amboy, Piscataway, Cranbury, Perth Amboy, Kendall Park, Carteret, Avenel, Dunellen, Plainsboro, East Brunswick, South Brunswick and Edison Township.

Middlesex County Division of Housing & Social Services Waiting Lists

Middlesex County Division of Housing & Social Services Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Middlesex County Division of Housing & Social Services (MCHSS) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when the waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, please visit the MCHSS web page here.

Last Updated on 07/20/2015.

More information about Middlesex County Division of Housing & Social Services can be found on its website at http://www.co.middlesex.nj.us/.


About the Middlesex County Division of Housing & Social Services Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Middlesex County Division of Housing & Social Services manages 392 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 382 10
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $937 $1,047
Monthly Cost $357,795 $10,472

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Middlesex County Division of Housing & Social Services

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 1% having issued approximately 618 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 12 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 107 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $23,107 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 67% were extremely low income (ELI). 48% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 50% 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, 54% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 22% 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.

48% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 45% of households with children have a female head of household. 90% of all households were headed by a female.

82% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 62% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Middlesex County Division of Housing & Social Services Housing Choice Voucher program, 21% include at least one person with a disability. 27% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 72% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

32% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 40% with 2 bedrooms and 28% with 3 or more bedrooms. 7% 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 Middlesex County Division of Housing & Social Services voucher holders in 2016 was $614 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,668. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $151.



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.