About Rahway Housing Authority

The Rahway Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Rahway, New Jersey.

The Rahway Housing Authority serves Rahway.

Rahway Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

The Rahway Housing Authority is not accepting public housing waiting list applications at this time.

Last Updated on 06/05/2015.


About the Rahway Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Rahway Housing Authority manages 201 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 173 9
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $711 $734
Monthly Cost $123,023 $6,605

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Rahway 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 28 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 89 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $20,042 per year. 90% of households were very low income (VLI) and 65% were extremely low income (ELI). 45% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% 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

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 47% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 31% 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.

39% of households included children, -1% of which had two adults in the household. 35% of households with children have a female head of household. 81% of all households were headed by a female.

79% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 65% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Rahway Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 12% include at least one person with a disability. 24% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 25% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

48% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 16% with 3 or more bedrooms. 5% 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 Rahway Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $489 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $837. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $101.



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 Rahway Housing Authority

250 W Grand Ave
J F Kennedy is a 165 unit low income housing apartment community in Rahway.
1003 Leesville Ave
Glendenning Hms is a 112 unit low income housing apartment community in Rahway.
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Affordable Apartments near Rahway Housing Authority

555 East Hazelwood Avenue
Rosegate Apartments is a 150 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Rahway.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Rahway.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
200 E Milton Ave
Golden Age Towers Aka Rahway Senior Citizens is a 196 unit low income housing apartment community in Rahway.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
1470 Witherspoon St
Jfk of Rahway is a 40 unit low income housing apartment community in Rahway.