About Bristol Housing Authority

The Bristol Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Bristol, Rhode Island.

The Bristol Housing Authority serves Bristol.

Bristol Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Bristol Housing Authority (BHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for senior/disabled individuals.

Please note: The BHA does not offer a Public Housing program for families.

The BHA offers one Public Housing community with 192 units that are dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

To apply, download an application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to 1014 Hope Street, Bristol, RI 02809.

The BHA does have a preference for veterans.

More information can be found by visiting the BHA website at http://bristolhousingri.org, or by calling 401-253-4464 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 07/06/2015.

Bristol Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Bristol Housing Authority (BHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day in March 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Bristol, RI is about 15 miles southeast of Providence, RI.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to submit a pre-application at the BHA office.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the BHA website, or call the office at (401) 253-4464.

Last Updated on 04/05/2016.


About the Bristol Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Bristol Housing Authority manages 209 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 128 1 16 64
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $589 $126 $731 $559
Monthly Cost $75,358 $126 $11,689 $35,751

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Bristol 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 16% having issued approximately 12 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 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 7 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2 persons and has a household income of $16,211 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 65% were extremely low income (ELI). 33% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 61% 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, 49% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 32% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 16% 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.

40% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 37% of households with children have a female head of household. 75% of all households were headed by a female.

7% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 2% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Bristol Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 26% include at least one person with a disability. 44% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 70% 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, 51% with 2 bedrooms and 18% with 3 or more bedrooms. 18% 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 Bristol Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $395 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $639. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $159.



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.