About Coventry Housing Authority

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

The Coventry Housing Authority serves Coventry.

Coventry Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

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

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

The CHA offers one Public Housing community with 195 units that are dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the CHA to pick up an application, located at 14 Manchester Circle, Coventry, RI, during normal office hours.
2. Request that an application be mailed to you by calling 401-828-4367 during normal office hours.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

No preferences were noted.

More information can be found by visiting the CHA website at http://www.coventryhousing.org, or by calling 401-828-4367 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 07/06/2015.

Coventry Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Coventry Housing Authority (CHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program is currently closed. It was last open in July 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

The CHA will accept applications postmarked by July 2, 2015, but is not responsible for delays mail delays or lost mail.

Last Updated on 07/06/2015.

More information about Coventry Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.coventryhousing.org/.


About the Coventry Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Coventry Housing Authority manages 276 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 141 4 33 98
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $643 $445 $745 $599
Monthly Cost $90,636 $1,779 $24,585 $58,723

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Coventry 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 15% having issued approximately 17 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 5 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 22 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $15,981 per year. 91% of households were very low income (VLI) and 64% were extremely low income (ELI). 30% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 66% 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, 60% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 14% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 0% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

49% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 45% of households with children have a female head of household. 82% of all households were headed by a female.

11% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 4% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Coventry Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 28% include at least one person with a disability. 47% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 67% 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, 42% with 2 bedrooms and 25% with 3 or more bedrooms. 14% 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 Coventry Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $388 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $694. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $152.



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.