About Rensselaer Housing Authority

The Rensselaer Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Rensselaer, New York.

The Rensselaer Housing Authority serves Rensselaer.

Rensselaer Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Rensselaer Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

This housing authority offers two apartment communities for families, and senior disabled individuals and both are located in Rensselaer.

To apply for public housing you must first call the housing authority at (518) 436-0230, to request an information packet be mailed to you. Once you have completed the information packet, and have gotten everything that needs to notarized completed, you then can stop in the office located at 85 Aiken Ave, Rensselaer, NY 12144, during normal office hours.  Be sure to bring all of the original documents that the information packet says to bring with you.

This housing authority has a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: living and/or working in Rensselaer.

For more information, the housing authority can be reached by calling 518-436-0230, during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.


About the Rensselaer Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Rensselaer Housing Authority manages 56 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 52 4
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $574 $786
Monthly Cost $29,848 $3,143

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Rensselaer 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 8% having issued approximately 10 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 8 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 41 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2 persons and has a household income of $12,617 per year. 100% of households were very low income (VLI) and 86% were extremely low income (ELI). 30% of households had wages as a major source of income, -1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 64% 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, 53% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 18% 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.

40% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 39% of households with children have a female head of household. 81% of all households were headed by a female.

44% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 20% of all heads of households being Black and 3% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Rensselaer Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 30% include at least one person with a disability. 47% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 79% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

31% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 31% with 2 bedrooms and 38% with 3 or more bedrooms. 24% 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 Rensselaer Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $305 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $899. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $124.



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.