About Cortland Housing Authority

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

The Cortland Housing Authority serves Cortland County, Cortlandville, Cortland, Harford, Cincinnatus, Homer, Blodgett Mills, Cortland West, Cuyler, Freetown, Lapeer, McGraw, Marathon, Munsons Corners, Preble, Scott, Solon, Taylor, Truxton, Virgil and Willet.

Cortland Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Cortland County, New York Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Open Indefinitely

The Cortland Housing Authority (CHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

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 rbrabaw@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 rbrabaw@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, after sorting 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.

Last Updated on 03/13/2017.

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

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 rbrabaw@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.

Last Updated on 03/13/2017.


About the Cortland Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Cortland Housing Authority manages 269 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 266 3
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $355 $630
Monthly Cost $94,499 $1,889

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 Operated by Cortland Housing Authority

51 Port Watson St
Port Watson is a 240 unit low income housing apartment community in Cortland.
17 River St
Cortland is a 140 unit low income housing apartment community in Homer.
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Affordable Apartments near Cortland Housing Authority

10 Northcliffe Road
Northcliffe Apartments is a 58 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Cortland. Rents at Northcliffe Apartments are Income Based.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
13 Leon Ave
Friendship House is a 101 unit low income housing apartment community in Cortland.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Low Income Housing Tax Credit Project Based Rental Assistance
18 Maple Ave
State of New York is a 10 unit low income housing apartment community in Cortland.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Cortland.
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