Syracuse Housing Authority

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Open: Syracuse Housing Authority Public Housing

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

The Syracuse Housing Authority (SHA) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least May, 2015, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, print the application online here. Select the "Public Housing Application Cover" and "Public Housing Application" links.

Once the application has been completed, it must be returned to 516 Burt St., Syracuse, NY 13202.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Victims of Domestic Violence (certification, order of protection)
  • Displacement due to lead-based paint risk,
  • Displacement due to fire or other natural disaster through no fault of family (fire report)
  • Displacement by the government due to your residence being condemned or other reason

For more information, visit the SHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the Syracuse Housing Authority, as of March 5, 2020.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (315) 475-6181.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 03/05/2020.

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Closed: Syracuse, New York Section 8 HCV

The Syracuse Housing Authority (SHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from March 9, 2020, until March 15, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Participants of the VASH program (Ranking 1)
  • Participants of the Main Stream Vouchers, Special Purpose Vouchers (Ranking 1)
  • Participants of the Public Housing Conversion program (Ranking 1)
  • PBV Participants transitioning to HCV (Ranking 1)
  • Victims of Domestic Violence (VAWA) (Ranking 2)
  • LEAD Referral (Ranking 2)
  • Elderly (62 or older) and/or Disability (Ranking 3)
  • Families with children (Ranking 3)
  • VASH transitioning to HCV (Ranking 3)
  • Residency (Ranking 4)

3,500 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the SHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the Syracuse Housing Authority, as of March 5, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance in Syracuse, New York.

Last Updated on 09/06/2020.

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About Syracuse Housing Authority

516 Burt Street, Syracuse, NY | Visit Website | (315) 475-6181

Syracuse Housing Authority provides affordable housing for up to 6,470 low and moderate income households through its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Public Housing programs..

Housing Authority Jurisdiction

Low-income housing managed by Syracuse Housing Authority is located in Syracuse, NY.

Households with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher managed by this housing authority must rent within its jurisdiction.

About the Syracuse Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Syracuse Housing Authority manages 3,630 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following table summarizes types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,946 27 83 65 125 139
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $581 $380 $539 $954 $463 $347
Monthly Cost $1,710,967 $10,261 $44,726 $61,989 $57,830 $48,229
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.