The City of Beacon Housing Authority

1 Forrestal Heights
Beacon, Dutchess County, New York 12508

The City of Beacon Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Beacon, New York that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of October 24th, 2019, The City of Beacon Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

The City of Beacon Housing Authority serves Beacon.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open The City of Beacon Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

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

This housing authority offers two apartment communities:
1. Forrestal Heights offers 175 units, ranging from studio's to 5 bedrooms, for families and senior/disabled individuals
2. Hamilton Fish Plaza offers 70 units, ranging from studio's to one bedrooms, this community is dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply for public housing:
1. Request an application be emailed to you, by emailing: info@BeaconHousingAuthority.org.
2. Visit the housing authority office to pick up an application, located at 1 Forrestal Heights, Beacon, NY 12508, Monday-Friday, between the hours of 8:00am until 3:30pm.

Once the application has been completed, you must call the housing authority to schedule an interview to finish the application process, they can be reached at 845-831-1289, Monday-Friday, between the hours of 8:00am until 3:30pm. Be sure to have these original documents with you, at the time of your interview: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, proof of veteran status if applicable, proof of domestic violence if applicable, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: living/working in Beacon, veteran, displaced by a natural disaster, victim of domestic violence, disabled, or elderly.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://www.beaconhousingauthority.org/, or they can be reached with any questions you may have, by caling 845-831-1289, between the hours of 8:00am and 3:30pm, Monday-Friday.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (845)831-1289.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.

About The City of Beacon Housing Authority

Representatives of The City of Beacon Housing Authority may be available by phone at (845) 831-1289. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/24/2019, it is not known if The City of Beacon 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 The City of Beacon Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, The City of Beacon Housing Authority manages 234 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 158 38 4
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $854 $758 $642
Monthly Cost $134,991 $28,822 $2,569

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for The City of Beacon 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 7% having issued approximately 30 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 10 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 69 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $17,996 per year. 91% of households were very low income (VLI) and 66% were extremely low income (ELI). 33% of households had wages as a major source of income, 0% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 60% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 52% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 28% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 4% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

45% of households included children, 9% of which had two adults in the household. 38% of households with children have a female head of household. 82% of all households were headed by a female.

73% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 43% of all heads of households being Black and 3% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the The City of Beacon Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 19% include at least one person with a disability. 32% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 60% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

31% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 33% with 3 or more bedrooms. 17% 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 The City of Beacon Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $426 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $824. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $139.



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 Operated by The City of Beacon Housing Authority

Forrestal Heights

2 Forrestal Hts
Beacon, NY
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