Albany Housing Authority

200 South Pearl St.
Albany, Albany County, New York
(518) 641-7500

Albany Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Albany, New York that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of December 10th, 2018, Albany Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Albany Housing Authority serves Albany.

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Closed: Albany Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Albany Housing Authority (AHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last closed in April 2015 after being open for more than one week. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Applications were available online or could have been picked up at the Albany Housing Authority's office at 200 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12202.

Last Updated on 07/20/2015.

About Albany Housing Authority

More information about Albany Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.albanyhousing.org/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/10/2018, it is not known if Albany Housing Authority is aborbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Albany Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Albany Housing Authority manages 2,795 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 2,092 19 109 75 294
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $567 $453 $539 $741 $507
Monthly Cost $1,186,876 $8,614 $58,756 $55,604 $148,985

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Albany 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 12% having issued approximately 214 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 18 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 $15,478 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 76% were extremely low income (ELI). 35% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 58% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 52% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 20% 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.

43% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 40% of households with children have a female head of household. 72% of all households were headed by a female.

81% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 65% of all heads of households being Black and 4% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Albany Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 28% include at least one person with a disability. 41% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 84% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

41% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 23% with 2 bedrooms and 36% with 3 or more bedrooms. 17% 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 Albany Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $381 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $623. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $114.



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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