About Rochester Housing Authority

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

The Rochester Housing Authority serves Livingston County, Orleans County, Ontario County, Wayne County, Monroe County, Lakeville, Avon, Lima, Nunda, Geneseo, Caledonia, Livonia, Medina, Albion, Holley, Rochester, Farmington, Geneva, Canandaigua, Clifton Springs, Bloomfield, Victor, Rushville, Shortsville, Naples, Wolcott, Palmyra, Ontario, Lyons, Clyde, Newark, Red Creek, Williamson, Sodus, Marion, Macedon, Walworth, Honeoye Falls, Irondequoit, Greece, Brockport, Clarkson, Penfield, Hamlin, Webster, Hilton, Churchville, Scottsville, Fairport, Brighton, Gates, Henrietta, Spencerport, Chili, East Rochester, Irondequoit Town, Arcadia, Barre, Bristol, Butler, Byersville, Canadice, Carlton, Clarendon, Conesus, Conesus Hamlet, Conesus Lake, Crystal Beach, Cumminsville, Cuylerville, Dalton, Dansville, East Avon, East Bloomfield, Fowlerville, Gaines, Galen, Gorham, Greigsville, Groveland, Groveland Station, Hall, Hemlock, Honeoye, Hopewell, Hunt, Huron, Kendall, Kysorville, Leicester, Linwood, Livonia Center, Lyndonville, Manchester, Mendon, Mount Morris, Murray, North Dansville, North Gates, North Rose, Ogden, Ossian, Parma, Perinton, Phelps, Piffard, Pittsford, Portage, Port Gibson, Pultneyville, Retsof, Richmond, Ridgeway, Riga, Rose, Rush, Savannah, Scottsburg, Seneca, Shelby, Sodus Point, South Bristol, South Lima, Sparta, Springwater, Springwater Hamlet, Sweden, Tuscarora, Wadsworth, Websters Crossing, West Bloomfield, West Sparta, Wheatland, Woodsville, Yates, York and York Hamlet.

Rochester Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families, senior/disabled households, and for disabled households under the age of 50.

The RHA offers four apartment communities for disabled individuals under the age of 50, seven apartment communities for individuals that are senior/disabled, and eight family communities, all are located throughout Rochester. For more information about the different communities, please follow this link.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

To apply, download and print the online application. The application is available in English and Spanish.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed to: 270 Lake Ave., Suite 300, rochester, NY 14608. After your application has been processed, you will receive a letter confirming the receipt of your application.

This waiting list has the following preferences: veteran, or homeless.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the RHA website, or call the office at (585) 697-7180 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 04/25/2016.

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families, senior/disabled households, and for disabled households under the age of 50.

The RHA offers four apartment communities for disabled individuals under the age of 50, seven apartment communities for individuals that are senior/disabled, and eight family communities, all are located throughout Rochester. For more information about the different communities, please follow this link.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

To apply, download and print the online application. The application is available in English and Spanish.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed to: 270 Lake Ave., Suite 300, rochester, NY 14608. After your application has been processed, you will receive a letter confirming the receipt of your application.

This waiting list has the following preferences: veteran, or homeless.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the RHA website, or call the office at (585) 697-7180 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 04/25/2016.

Multi-County, New York Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

Please note: The Rochester Housing Authority covers the Counties of Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, and Wayne, NY.

The Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two weeks in September 2016, and prior to that in 2009. 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.

There were no preferences.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery. 

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the RHA website, or call the office at (585) 697-3600.

Last Updated on 09/26/2016.


About the Rochester Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Rochester Housing Authority manages 9,294 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 7,341 73 72 318 183 138 53
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $456 $348 $492 $387 $761 $440 $507
Monthly Cost $3,345,919 $25,429 $35,439 $122,930 $139,323 $60,751 $26,897

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.


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