Amsterdam Housing Authority

52 Division St.
Amsterdam, Montgomery County, New York 12010

Amsterdam Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of October 28th, 2021, Amsterdam Housing Authority has 4 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Amsterdam Housing Authority serves Amsterdam.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Woodrow Wilson Townhomes Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
General Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Near-Elderly Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Moderate Rehabilitation Open Until Further Notice
Amsterdam, New York Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Amsterdam Housing Authority Waiting Lists

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Amsterdam Housing Authority Website: http://www.amsterdamhousingauthority.org.

Amsterdam Housing Authority Phone: (518) 842-2894.

Open Until Further Notice: Woodrow Wilson Townhomes Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Amsterdam Housing Authority (AHA) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list applications for apartments at Woodrow Wilson Townhomes.

To apply, complete the online application here, and select "Woodrow Wilson Town Houses."

This waiting list had the following preferences: Working at least 9 months, live in the City of Amsterdam.

For more information, visit the AHA website, or call the office at (518) 842-2894. 

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (518)842-2894.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 07/10/2018.

Open Until Further Notice: General Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Amsterdam Housing Authority (AHA) is currently accepting general Public Housing waiting list applications. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, complete the online application here, and select "Garden Apartments" or "Wall Street Apartments."

This waiting list had the following preferences: Working at least 9 months, live in the City of Amsterdam.

For more information, visit the AHA website, or call the office at (518) 842-2894. 

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (518)842-2894.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/10/2018.

Open Until Further Notice: Near-Elderly Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Amsterdam Housing Authority (AHA) is currently accepting Near-Elderly (50+) Public Housing waiting list applications. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here, and select "Hi Rise & Stratton Apartments."

This waiting list had the following preferences: Working at least 9 months, live in the City of Amsterdam.

For more information, visit the AHA website, or call the office at (518) 842-2894. 

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (518)842-2894.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/10/2018.

Open Until Further Notice: Moderate Rehabilitation Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Amsterdam Housing Authority (AHA) is currently accepting Moderate Rehabilitation Program waiting list applications. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here, and select "Moderate Rehabilitation Program."

This waiting list had the following preferences: Working at least 9 months, live in the City of Amsterdam.

For more information, visit the AHA website, or call the office at (518) 842-2894. 

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (518)842-2894.

Last Updated on 07/10/2018.

Other Amsterdam Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Amsterdam, New York Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Amsterdam Housing Authority (AHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one week in July, 2018; and before that for one week in December, 2016, and in October, 2014. 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: Working families, those unable to work because of age or disability, and persons who live, work or attend school locally.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application has been received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the AHA website, or call the office at (518) 842-2894. 

Last Updated on 07/23/2018.

About Amsterdam Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Amsterdam Housing Authority may be available by phone at (518) 842-2894. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/28/2021, it is not known if Amsterdam Housing Authority is either absorbing 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 Amsterdam Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Amsterdam Housing Authority manages 411 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of June 30th, 2021:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 311 1 6 5
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $450 $1 $655 $368
Monthly Cost $140,022 $1 $3,929 $1,841

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Amsterdam 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 14% having issued approximately 33 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 5 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 17 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $14,074 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 61% were extremely low income (ELI). 37% 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 53% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

6% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 58% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 16% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

54% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 51% of households with children have a female head of household. 85% of all households were headed by a female.

70% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 6% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Amsterdam Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 20% include at least one person with a disability. 32% 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

14% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 37% with 2 bedrooms and 50% with 3 or more bedrooms. 27% 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 Amsterdam Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $341 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $542. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $108.



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 Apartments Operated by Amsterdam Housing Authority

New Amsterdam Apartments

26 Wall St
Amsterdam, New York

New Amsterdam Apartments

60 Division St
Amsterdam, New York