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Cortland Housing Authority

42 Church Street
Cortland, Cortland County, New York 13045

Cortland Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of April 14th, 2021, Cortland Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Cortland Housing Authority serves Cortland County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Cortland County, New York Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Cortland Housing Authority Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Cortland Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Cortland Housing Authority Phone: (607) 753-1771.

Open Until Further Notice: Cortland County, New York Housing Choice 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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.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 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Cortland Housing Authority (CHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open until further notice.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Call the CHA at (607) 753-1771 during normal office hours to request an application be mailed or emailed to you.
  2. Email the CHA at ktaylor@cortlandha.com to request an application mailed or emailed to you.

Once the application has been completed, it can be hand delivered to the CHA office, located at 42 Church Street, Cortland, NY 13045, or emailed to ktaylor@cortlandha.com.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Elderly, handicapped/disabled, families, Cortland County residents.

Qualified applicants will be place on the waiting list by the date and time the application isreceived, by order of preferences.

Please note: Those who do not qualify for the residency preference will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list, and will always be below applicants who do qualify for the residency preference. Because of this, according to a CHA representative, it is unlikely names on the waiting list without the residency preference will ever reach the top of the waiting list.

After applying, applicants will receive a letter notifying them if they were eligible, or not.

For more information, call the CHA office at (607) 753-1771.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 6077531771.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 01/08/2018.

Open Until Further Notice: 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 Public Housing Waiting List

The Cortland Housing Authority (CHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications.

The CHA offers 14 family communities, and seven communities dedicated to elderly/disabled households, all located throughout Cortland County.

There are three ways to apply:

  1. Pick up an application at the CHA office, located at 42 Church St., Cortland, NY 13045.
  2. Call the CHA at (607) 753-1171 to request an application be mailed to you.
  3. Request an application be emailed to you by sending an email to the CHA at ktaylor@cortlandha.com.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Living/working in Cortland County, elderly, or disabled.

For more information, call the CHA office at (607) 753-1771.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 6077531771.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 01/08/2018.

About Cortland Housing Authority

Representatives of Cortland Housing Authority may be available by phone at (607) 753-1771. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 04/14/2021, it is not known if Cortland 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 Cortland Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Cortland Housing Authority manages 289 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, 2019:

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 288 1
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $360 $868
Monthly Cost $103,794 $868

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Cortland 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 16% having issued approximately 16 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 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 10 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.6 persons and has a household income of $12,938 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 65% were extremely low income (ELI). 16% 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 77% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 33% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 27% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 38% 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.

25% of households included children, 6% of which had two adults in the household. 21% of households with children have a female head of household. 72% of all households were headed by a female.

9% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 5% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Cortland Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 38% include at least one person with a disability. 71% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 44% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

54% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 33% with 2 bedrooms and 13% with 3 or more bedrooms. 19% 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 Cortland Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $355 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $486. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $88.



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 Cortland Housing Authority

Port Watson

51 Port Watson St
Cortland, New York

Cortland

17 River St
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