About Twin Rivers Opportunities Inc.

The Twin Rivers Opportunities Inc. is a Section 8 Public Housing Agency in New Bern, North Carolina.

The Twin Rivers Opportunities Inc. serves Pamlico County, Craven County, Jones County, Grantsboro, Alliance, Bayboro, New Bern, Havelock, Vanceboro, Trenton, Maysville, Brices Creek, Dover, Hobucken, James City, Mesic, Neuse Forest, River Bend, Trent Woods, Arapahoe, Bridgeton, Cove City, Fairfield Harbour, Minnesott Beach, Oriental, Pollocksville, Stonewall and Vandemere.

Twin Rivers Opportunities Inc. Waiting Lists

Twin Rivers Opportunities Inc. Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Twin Rivers Opportunities Inc. (TRO) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

To apply, download and print the pre-application online here.


Please note: The TRO website states, "the second page is not mandatory but if you opt not to complete it you must check the box stating so and sign and date the bottom."


Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be:


  1. Saved with the file name "FirstName_LastName" and emailed to TRO at tro_section8@earthlink.net
  2. Faxed to the TRO office at (252) 637-0507.
  3. Mailed to:

Twin Rivers Opportunities, Inc.

PO Box 1482

New Bern, NC  28563


There are no preferences.


Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.


Qualified applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time of the pre-application submission.


For more information, visit the TRO website, or call the office at (252) 637-3599.

Last Updated on 07/14/2017.

About the Twin Rivers Opportunities Inc. Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Twin Rivers Opportunities Inc. manages 780 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 Ported Out
Vouchers 728 5 3 44
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $422 $333 $554 $703
Monthly Cost $307,143 $1,663 $1,661 $30,925

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Twin Rivers Opportunities Inc.

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 14% having issued approximately 55 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 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 25 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.7 persons and has a household income of $12,411 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 69% were extremely low income (ELI). 36% 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 64% 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, 60% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 17% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

58% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 57% of households with children have a female head of household. 90% of all households were headed by a female.

89% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 88% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Twin Rivers Opportunities Inc. Housing Choice Voucher program, 18% include at least one person with a disability. 28% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 81% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

8% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 41% with 2 bedrooms and 51% 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 Twin Rivers Opportunities Inc. voucher holders in 2016 was $325 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $523. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $186.

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.