Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority

375 Broadway
Schenectady, Schenectady County, New York 12305

Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of November 30th, 2021, Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority serves Schenectady.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Schenectady, New York Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Schenectady Municipal 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.

Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority Website: http://www.smha1.org/.

Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority Phone: (518) 386-7000.

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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.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 Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority (SMHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, complete the the online application here. 

The waiting list has the following preferences: Employed at least 15 hours per week or receiving unemployment insurance (elderly/disabled exempt), Schenectady City resident, Schenectady County resident.

For more information, visit the the SMHA website or call the office at (518) 386-7000.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (518)386-7000.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/18/2018.

Other Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Schenectady, New York Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority (SMHA) Housing Choice Voucher Section 8 waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for four days in June, 2018; and before that in September, 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

The waiting list had the following preferences: Live or work locally, victims of domestic violence, veterans, households with more than one member, working families, families with children. 

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the the SMHA website, or call the office at (518) 386-7000.

Last Updated on 08/19/2018.

About Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority

More information about Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.smha1.org/.

Representatives of Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority may be available by phone at (518) 386-7000. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 11/30/2021, it is not known if Schenectady Municipal 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 Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority manages 1,357 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 Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,167 6 10 79 14 81
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $520 $417 $596 $792 $452 $534
Monthly Cost $606,644 $2,501 $5,963 $62,545 $6,327 $43,243

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Schenectady Municipal 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 117 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 29 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $14,380 per year. 99% of households were very low income (VLI) and 82% were extremely low income (ELI). 32% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 63% 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, 55% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 17% 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.

45% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 41% of households with children have a female head of household. 76% of all households were headed by a female.

69% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 49% of all heads of households being Black and 5% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 31% include at least one person with a disability. 48% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 86% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

24% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 28% with 2 bedrooms and 49% with 3 or more bedrooms. 35% 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 Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $347 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $609. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $116.



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 Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority

Downtown

375 Broadway
Schenectady, New York

Eastside

292 Starling Ave
Schenectady, New York