About Monmouth County Public Housing Agency

The Monmouth County Public Housing Agency is a Section 8 Public Housing Agency in Freehold, New Jersey.

The Monmouth County Public Housing Agency serves Monmouth County, Asbury Park, Freehold, Eatontown, Lincroft, Neptune City, Oceanport, Port Monmouth, Red Bank, Manalapan, Tinton Falls, Wall, Fairview, Farmingdale, Keyport, Neptune, Neptune Township, Hazlet, Long Branch, Roosevelt, Howell, Shrewsbury, Atlantic Highlands, Matawan, Middletown, Keansburg, West Long Branch, Atlantic Highland, Ocean, Howell Township, Oakhurst and Middletown Township.

Monmouth County Public Housing Agency Waiting Lists

Monmouth County, New Jersey Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Monmouth County Public Housing Agency (MCPHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for fine days in September 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

When the waiting list reopens, a public notice will be published in the Asbury Park Press.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1.  Download and print the application online. The application was available in English and Spanish.
  2. Pick up an application at one of multiple locations.
Once the application has been completed, it must have been mailed in a while legal size or smaller envelope between September 19, 2016 and September 23, 2016. Applications postmarked outside of those dates above were not accepted. 

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live/work/employed in Monmouth County, veteran. Further explanation of each preference can be found here.

500 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences. Applicants that get placed on the waiting list will be notified by mail. Applicants not placed on the waiting list will not be notified.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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

For more information, visit the MCPHA website, or call the office at (732) 431-6000.

Last Updated on 09/24/2016.


About the Monmouth County Public Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Monmouth County Public Housing Agency manages 1,687 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 Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,370 12 39 92 174
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $946 $649 $1,188 $1,071 $869
Monthly Cost $1,296,625 $7,793 $46,333 $98,549 $151,238

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Monmouth County Public Housing Agency

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 4% having issued approximately 403 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 11 years and 11 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 54 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.6 persons and has a household income of $18,132 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 44% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 52% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

0% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 55% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

47% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 45% of households with children have a female head of household. 88% of all households were headed by a female.

69% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 59% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Monmouth County Public Housing Agency Housing Choice Voucher program, 20% include at least one person with a disability. 30% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 74% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

34% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 34% with 3 or more bedrooms. 10% 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 Monmouth County Public Housing Agency voucher holders in 2016 was $494 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,068. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $135.



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.