Portsmouth Housing Authority

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

Portsmouth Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Portsmouth, Rhode Island that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of December 6th, 2019, 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
Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Portsmouth Housing Authority Waiting Lists

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

How To Apply to the Centralized Waiting List

The Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Wait List Portal Section 8 HCV waiting list is currently open, 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 veteran; Disabled; Disabled Veteran; Displaced; Elderly; Homeless; Terminated from Johnston Housing Authority HCV program due to lack of funding; Job Training; Money Follows the Person; Near Elderly; Resident of jurisdiction of participating housing authority; Rhode Island resident; Rent burdened; Full time student; Unstable housing situation; Victim of Domestic Violence; Veteran; Witness protection; Working. Further explanation of each preference can be found here.

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 06/05/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

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 https://www.portsmouthri.com/207/Housing-Authority, 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 https://www.portsmouthri.com/207/Housing-Authority.

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 12/06/2019, 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 most recent VMS 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:

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.


Public Housing Operated by Portsmouth Housing Authority

Quaker Estates IV

2368 E Main Rd
Portsmouth, RI
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized