Cranston Housing Authority

50 Birch Street
Cranston, Providence County, Rhode Island 2920

Cranston Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Cranston, Rhode Island that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.

Cranston Housing Authority serves Cranston.

About Cranston Housing Authority

Representatives of Cranston Housing Authority may be available by phone at (401) 944-7210. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 01/27/2020, it is not known if Cranston 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 Cranston Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Cranston Housing Authority manages 247 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2019:

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 232 15
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $649 $1,051
Monthly Cost $150,588 $15,768

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Cranston 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 10% having issued approximately 34 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 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 2 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $15,106 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 35% 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 57% 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, 57% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 18% 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.

53% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 49% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

49% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 10% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Cranston Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 17% include at least one person with a disability. 37% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 6% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

15% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 37% with 2 bedrooms and 49% with 3 or more bedrooms. 25% 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 Cranston Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $405 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $984. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $170.



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 Apartments Operated by Cranston Housing Authority

Hall Manor

70 Warwick Ave
Cranston, RI

Randall Manor

100 Arthur St
Cranston, RI

Arlington Manor

50 Birch St
Cranston, RI

Knightsville Manor

85 Briggs St
Cranston, RI

Cranston Ha

72 Alto St
Cranston, RI