Rensselaer Housing Authority

85 Aiken Ave.
Rensselaer, Rensselaer County, New York 12144

Rensselaer Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of November 27th, 2021, Rensselaer Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Rensselaer Housing Authority serves Rensselaer.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Rensselaer Housing Authority Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Rensselaer 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.

Rensselaer Housing Authority Phone: (518) 436-0230.

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Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.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

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (518)436-0230.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.

About Rensselaer Housing Authority

Representatives of Rensselaer Housing Authority may be available by phone at (518) 436-0230. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 11/27/2021, it is not known if Rensselaer 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 Rensselaer Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Rensselaer Housing Authority manages 74 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 Ported Out
Vouchers 71 3
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $556 $728
Monthly Cost $39,456 $2,185

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.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Rensselaer Housing Authority

Mayor Warden Apartments

1511 1st St
Rensselaer, New York