Housing Authority of the City of Newport

120 Hillside Avenue
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island 2840

Housing Authority of the City of Newport is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.

Housing Authority of the City of Newport offers Public Housing and Section 8 Housing rental assistance in Newport.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Open Until Further Notice
Housing Authority of the City of Newport Public Housing Closed
Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Closed
Homeonwership Closed

Open Housing Authority of the City of Newport Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

This housing authority participates in the Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Wait List, which is a partnership between 18 of the 28 housing authorities in Rhode Island. Applicants submit one application to apply to a centralized waiting list. Conditionally eligible applicants will be placed on a housing authority's waiting list if they fall within the agency's maximum income limit.

The Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Wait List Portal Section 8 HCV waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from December 17, 2017 at 12:01 am ET, until further notice.

To apply, complete the online application here. Applications that are mailed, faxed, e-mailed or hand delivered will not be processed.

The waiting list will be sorted differently by each housing authority according to its own preferences.

Participating housing authorities may have any of the following preferences:

  • Chronically Homeless (Pawtucket)
  • Disabled Head or Co-Head (Cumberland and some RIHousing Project Based Voucher sites)
  • Disabled Vet (Smithfield, Woonsocket)
  • Displacement (Newport and Woonsocket)
  • For Elderly Families (Cumberland and some RIHousing Project Based Voucher sites)
  • Full-Time Student (North Providence)
  • Homeless Preference (RI Housing)
  • Job Training (Portsmouth, Woonsocket)
  • Money Follows the Person (RI Housing)
  • Near Elderly (North Providence)
  • Relocation
  • Rent Burdened (Woonsocket)
  • Supportive Services (Certain RIHousing Project Based Voucher sites)
  • Termination due to Insufficient Funding
    • Family previously terminated from the Johnston Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Program (ONLY) due to insufficient funding
  • Unstable Housing Situation (RI Housing)
  • Veteran (East Greenwich, East Providence, Pawtucket, Smithfield, South Kingstown, Warren, Woonsocket)
  • Victim of Domestic Violence (Providence, Portsmouth, Woonsocket, RI Housing tenant-based and certain Project Based Voucher sites)
  • Witness Protection (Woonsocket)
  • Working Family and/or Elderly/Disabled (Central Falls, Coventry, Newport, North Providence, Pawtucke, Warwick [if working, 30 hours/week], Woonsocket [if working, 20 hours/week for at least 1 month])

Further explanation of each preference can be found on the application.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, by order of preferences. 

Persons requiring assistance completing an application can call Rhode Island Housing (RIH) at (844) 459-3600, or email waitlist@rihousing.com.

For more information, visit the Rhode Island Housing website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (401) 457-1288 or TTY (401) 450-1394.

Last Updated on 03/25/2021.

Other Housing Authority of the City of Newport Waiting Lists

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Newport (HACN) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted on January 28, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Visit the HAN Management Office to pick up an application.
  2. Print the application available online.
  3. Complete the online application.

Once the application was completed, it must have been be hand delivered to the HACN.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Live and/or work in the City of Newport, elderly, disabled, employed, household is a resident or Section 8 participant of the Housing Authority of Newport, household is a resident of Park Holm, household has been pre-approved for a mortgage.

For more information, visit the HAN website.

Last Updated on 08/20/2020.

Closed: Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Newport (HACN) waiting list for Low-Income Housing Tax Credit apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted on January 28, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the HAN website.

Last Updated on 08/20/2020.

Closed: Homeonwership Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Newport (HACN) Homeownership waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted on January 28, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the HAN website.

Last Updated on 08/20/2020.

About Housing Authority of the City of Newport

HCV Portability Status

As of September 24th, 2022, it is not known if Housing Authority of the City of Newport 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.

As of September 24th, 2022, Housing Authority of the City of Newport is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Housing Authority of the City of Newport Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of the City of Newport manages 463 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2021:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 349 20 8 86
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,252 $893 $1,514 $988
Monthly Cost $437,099 $17,861 $12,113 $85,005

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the City of Newport

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 5% having issued approximately 95 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 11 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 71 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.8 persons and has a household income of $17,613 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 76% were extremely low income (ELI). 49% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 47% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 63% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% 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.

61% of households included children, 7% of which had two adults in the household. 57% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

47% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 25% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the City of Newport Housing Choice Voucher program, 15% include at least one person with a disability. 25% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 52% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

17% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 33% with 2 bedrooms and 48% with 3 or more bedrooms. 16% 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 Housing Authority of the City of Newport voucher holders in 2016 was $428 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,040. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $154.



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 Housing Authority of the City of Newport

Donovan Manor

19 Chapel St
Newport, Rhode Island

Newport Heights

59 John H Chafee Blvd
Newport, Rhode Island
Call For Rent
1-5 BR

Park Holm

1 Parkholm
Newport, Rhode Island

Scattered Site Elderly

36A Earl Ave
Newport, Rhode Island

Weidemann Court

10 Sgt Weidemann
Newport, Rhode Island