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Portsmouth Housing Authority

2368 East Main Road
Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island 2871

Portsmouth Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of October 26th, 2020, Portsmouth Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Portsmouth Housing Authority serves Portsmouth.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Portsmouth Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Portsmouth Housing Authority Website:

Portsmouth Housing Authority Phone: (401) 683-3173.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Portsmouth Housing Authority (PHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The PHA offers one Public Housing community with 40 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply, call the PHA at 401-683-3173.

The PHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: victims of domestic violence, working families, disabled, elderly, veterans and families, or live and/or work in Portsmouth.

More information can be found by visiting the PHA website at, or by calling 401-683-3173, during normal office hours.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 4016833173.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 12/08/2017.

About Portsmouth Housing Authority

More information about Portsmouth Housing Authority can be found on its website at

Representatives of Portsmouth Housing Authority may be available by phone at (401) 683-3173. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/26/2020, it is not known if Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Portsmouth Housing Authority manages 59 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, 2017:

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 58 1
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $827 $1,785
Monthly Cost $47,992 $1,785

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Portsmouth 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 18% having issued approximately 3 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 17 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $19,859 per year. 90% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 43% 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 56% 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, 67% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 10% 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.

54% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 54% of households with children have a female head of household. 89% of all households were headed by a female.

15% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 7% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Portsmouth Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 19% include at least one person with a disability. 35% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 83% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

20% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 41% with 2 bedrooms and 39% 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 Portsmouth Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $511 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $958. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $179.

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.

Low Income Housing Managed by Portsmouth Housing Authority

Quaker Estates III

116 Henry Danis Ct
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Elderly Supportive Housing

Quaker Estates IV

2368 E Main Rd
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Elderly Supportive Housing

Quaker Manor

2368 E Main Rd
Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Quaker Estates of Portsmouth

91 Henry Danis Ct
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Elderly Supportive Housing

Quaker Estates II

101 Henry Danis Ct
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Elderly Supportive Housing