Rochester Housing Authority

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

Rochester Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Rochester, New York 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 September 23rd, 2019, Rochester Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Studio, 1, and 4-Bedroom 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
Studio, 1, and 4-Bedroom Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Multi-County, New York Housing Choice Voucher Closed
1-2 Bedroom Public Housing Closed
Project-Based Voucher Unknown

Open Rochester Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Studio, 1, and 4-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) Public Housing waiting list for Studio, One and 4-Bedroom units is currently open, since at least May, 2019, until further notice.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the application online here. Select either the "Housing Application - English," or the "Housing Application - Spanish" link.
  2. Complete an application at the Application Processing Center located at 270 Lake Avenue, Suite 300 Rochester New York 14608, Monday through Thursday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and Friday from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm ET.

Once the downloaded application has been completed, it must be mailed to the Application Processing Center, 270 Lake Avenue, Suite 300, Rochester, New York 14608.

This waiting list has the following preference: Victims of Domestic Violence.

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

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 06/06/2019.

Other Rochester Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Multi-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. It was last open for two weeks in September, 2016, and before 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. 

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

Last Updated on 06/06/2019.

Closed: 1-2 Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) Public Housing waiting list for 1-2 Bedroom units is currently closed. It was last open in May, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

Last Updated on 06/06/2019.

Unknown: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The status of this waiting list is unknown. If you have information regarding this waiting list contact us.

Last Updated on 06/06/2019.

About Rochester Housing Authority

More information about Rochester Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://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..

Open today from 8:30am to 4:30pm ET.

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 most recent VMS report, Rochester Housing Authority manages 9,466 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 7,193 78 75 262 66 152 56
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $503 $397 $573 $424 $813 $383 $480
Monthly Cost $3,620,053 $30,983 $42,969 $111,031 $53,639 $58,262 $26,880

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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