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Rochester Housing Authority

675 West Main Street
Rochester, Monroe County, New York 14611

Rochester Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, Family Self-Sufficiency, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), Mainstream Voucher, Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and Family Unification Program (FUP) programs. As of August 9th, 2020, Rochester Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Rochester Housing Authority serves Livingston County, Monroe County, Ontario County, Orleans County and Wayne County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne County, New York Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Project-Based Voucher Unknown

Open Rochester 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.

Rochester Housing Authority Website: https://www.rochesterhousing.org/.

Rochester Housing Authority Phone: (585) 697-3602.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted from January 31, 2020, until further notice.

There are three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application. The application is available in English and Spanish.
  2. Print the application online here. Select either the "Housing Application - English," or the "Housing Application - Spanish" link.
  3. Complete an application in person at the RHA Applications Processing Center, located at 270 Lake Ave, Suite 300, Rochester, NY 14608.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be mailed to the address listed on the application. The RHA website states applicants can fax the application as well, but no fax number can be found on the RHA website.

For more information visit the RHA Public Housing page, or the RHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the Rochester Housing Authority, as of March 10, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Rochester, New York. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (585) 697-7180.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 03/10/2020.

Other Rochester Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne County, New York Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from December 9, 2019, until December 22, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  1. Rochester Housing Authority Participants terminated due to insufficient funding; 30 points.
  2. Involuntarily displaced from permanent residence by a Federal government action or whose dwelling has been extensively damaged or destroyed as a result of a disaster declared or otherwise formally recognized pursuant to Federal disaster relief laws; 30 points.
  3. Live, work or have been hired to work within the Rochester Housing Authority’s jurisdiction; 20 points
  4. Non-elderly persons with disabilities who are transitioning out of institutional and other segregated settings, at serious risk of institutionalization, homelessness, or of at risk of becoming homeless; 5 points.
  5. Families in a RHA public housing development that are participating in the Family Self-Sufficiency program or are designated senior or disabled and have been certified eligible for a home-ownership voucher; 1 point.

For more information, visit the RHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the Rochester Housing Authority website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne County, New York.

Last Updated on 06/07/2020.

Unknown: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Rochester Housing Authority (RAH) waiting list status for Section 8 Project-Based Voucher apartments is unknown.

The RHA Project-Based Vouchers page states, "The Project Based wait lists are site based.  Applications are available by contacting the project directly. "

A list of communities can be found as PDF files in the Current Project Based Complexes section.

For more information visit the RHA Project Based Vouchers page, or the RHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the Rochester Housing Authority website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Brockport, Henrietta, Lakeville, Macedon, and Rochester New York.

Last Updated on 11/19/2019.

About Rochester Housing Authority

More information about Rochester Housing Authority can be found on its website at https://www.rochesterhousing.org/.

Representatives of Rochester Housing Authority may be available by phone at (585) 697-3602. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status by phone by calling (585) 697-7574 or(585) 697-7180 ext. 7..

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:30am-4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am-4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am-4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm
Friday 8:30am-12:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
HCV Portability Status

As of 06/01/2019, Rochester 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 Rochester Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Rochester Housing Authority manages 9,389 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 Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 7,114 84 76 248 76 161 57
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $502 $384 $491 $417 $878 $377 $451
Monthly Cost $3,568,176 $32,280 $37,298 $103,377 $66,718 $60,746 $25,699

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Rochester 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 11% having issued approximately 843 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 65 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $15,132 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 66% were extremely low income (ELI). 30% 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 62% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 54% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 24% 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.

47% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 45% of households with children have a female head of household. 83% of all households were headed by a female.

73% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 53% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Rochester Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 24% include at least one person with a disability. 42% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 64% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

32% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 30% with 2 bedrooms and 38% 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 Rochester Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $368 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $527. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $87.



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 Rochester Housing Authority

Anthony Square

70 Cunningham St
Rochester, New York
Call For Rent
2-4 BR

Glenwood Jones

304 Santee St
Rochester, New York

Lexington Court

1 Lexington Ct
Rochester, New York

Lake Towers

321 Lake Ave
Rochester, New York
Call For Rent
1 BR

Scattered Sites

593 Lexington Ave
Rochester, New York

Dte and W Glide Jon Child

140 West Ave
Rochester, New York

University Tower

625 University Ave
Rochester, New York
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR

Scattered Sites

485 Alexander St
Rochester, New York

Kennedy Elmdorf

666 Plymouth Ave S
Rochester, New York

Luther Capsule Bronson

53 Luther Cir
Rochester, New York

Blackwell

7 Antoinette Dr
Rochester, New York

Scattered Sites

5 Bond St
Rochester, New York

Parliament H - R Seneca Mnr Twr

401 Seneca Manor Dr
Rochester, New York

Scattered Sites

1111 Norton St
Rochester, New York

Bay - Zimmer Th

41 Caspar St
Rochester, New York

Holland Tubman Gantt

62 Vienna St
Rochester, New York

Scattered Sites

6 Fromm Pl
Rochester, New York

Parkside Federal St

2 Parkside Ave
Rochester, New York

Carlson Commons

135 Fulton Ave
Rochester, New York

Plymouth Manor

70 Coretta Scott Crossing
Rochester, New York