Syracuse Housing Authority

516 Burt St.
Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York
(315) 475-6181

Program Details

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

Syracuse Housing Authority serves Syracuse.

Syracuse Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Syracuse Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals

This housing authority offers fifteen housing communities, with over 2,500 units for public housing, five apartment communities are designated for families, and range from 2-5 bedrooms, six apartment communities are designated for senior/disabled individuals, and range from efficiency to 2 bedroom units. They also have scattered site, single family homes, ranging from 2 to 5 bedrooms that are located throughout Syracuse.

To apply for public housing, you can download an application here, to print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to: 516 Burt St., Syracuse, NY 13202. 

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list as: Displaced by Government Action, Displaced due to lead based paint risk, displaced due to fire, that was no fault to the applicant, displaced due to domestic violence. Be sure to include proper documents with your application, in order to get the preference.

To check the status of your application, you can call the automated system at 315-475-6181, anytime.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://syracusehousing.org, or they can be reached with any questions you may have by calling 315-475-6181, during normal office hours.


After applying, learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.

About Syracuse Housing Authority

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

HCV Portability Status

As of 07/16/2018, it is not known if Syracuse Housing Authority is accepting Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Syracuse Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Syracuse Housing Authority manages 3,562 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardHomeownershipTenant ProtectionPorted OutVASHNon-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers2,8162974102115165
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$541$343$864$822$381$310
Monthly Cost$1,523,944$9,950$63,942$83,875$43,801$51,157

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Syracuse 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 12% having issued approximately 272 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 80 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.6 persons and has a household income of $14,231 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 73% were extremely low income (ELI). 28% of households had wages as a major source of income, 7% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 58% 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, 58% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% 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.

53% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 48% of households with children have a female head of household. 80% of all households were headed by a female.

65% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 47% of all heads of households being Black and 3% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Syracuse Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 21% include at least one person with a disability. 40% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 83% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

27% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 29% with 2 bedrooms and 44% 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 Syracuse Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $374 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $558. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $119.



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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