Auburn Housing Authority

7 Merriman Street
Auburn, Cayuga County, New York 13021

Auburn Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), and Mainstream Voucher programs. As of August 2nd, 2021, Auburn Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Auburn Housing Authority serves Auburn.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Auburn, New York Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Auburn Housing Authority Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice

Open Auburn 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.

Auburn Housing Authority Website: http://www.auburnha.org/.

Auburn Housing Authority Phone: (315) 253-6249.

COVID-19 Update:

As of February 8, 2021, the AHA public notice states "Due to Covid-19, our office is closed to the public."

more information is available here.

Open Until Further Notice: Auburn, New York Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Auburn Housing Authority (AHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from February 17, 2021 at 8:00 am ET, until further notice.

There are three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Print the online paper application available here. Select the "Section 8 Application" link.
  2. Pick up an application from outside the AHA main office, located at 7 Merriman Street, Auburn, NY 13021.
  3. Call (315) 253-6249 to request an application by mail.

Once the application has been completed, it must be either:

  1. Emailed to aha@auburnha.org.
  2. Dropped off at the AHA main office drop box, address mentioned above.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Applicant families of the City of Auburn (families to include, a “family” – having 2 or more individuals related by blood, marriage, or by operation of law, with or without children; who live regularly together as a single household in the dwelling unit, an elderly family or individual, and a disabled family or individual; a family must contain a competent adult of at least 19 years of age or 18 years of age and married (not common law) to enter into a contract and capable of functioning as the head of the household.) 
  • Applicant singles of the City of Auburn (singles are considered those not elderly, disabled or being of a familial status)
  • Applicants families of other communities
  • Applicant singles of other communities

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the AHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the AHA public notice, on February 8, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Auburn, New York.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (315) 253-6249.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 02/23/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Auburn Housing Authority (AHA) waiting list for Section 8 Project-Based Voucher apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least December, 2018, until further notice. 

To apply during the opening period, print the application available online here. Select the "Universal Application" link.

For more information, visit the AHA Properties page, or the AHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (315) 253-6249.

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 02/23/2021.

About Auburn Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Auburn Housing Authority may be available by phone at (315) 253-6249. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of August 2nd, 2021, it is not known if Auburn Housing Authority is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 12/12/2018, Auburn Housing Authority is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Auburn Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Auburn Housing Authority manages 383 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2020:

Standard Tenant Protection
Vouchers 353 15
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $398 $273
Monthly Cost $140,588 $4,096

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Auburn 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 52 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 4 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 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 $12,695 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 74% were extremely low income (ELI). 31% of households had wages as a major source of income, 6% 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

5% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 48% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 20% 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.

44% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 38% of households with children have a female head of household. 68% of all households were headed by a female.

19% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 16% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Auburn Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 25% include at least one person with a disability. 40% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 66% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

38% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 28% 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 Auburn Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $325 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $468. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $120.



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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