About Providence Housing Authority

The Providence Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Providence, Rhode Island.

The Providence Housing Authority serves Providence.

Providence Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

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

The PHA offers 13 Public Housing communities with 2,605 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Download a pre-application here, then print and complete.
2. Visit the PHA to pick up an application, located at 100 Broad St., Providence, RI.

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 PHA website at http://www.pha-providence.com/, or by calling 401-751-6400, during normal office hours.

Summary

  • What: Providence Housing Authority Public Housing Opening
  • How To Apply:
    • Online Application at http://www.rhodeislandhousing.org/.
      • Note: If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a friend or family member's computer/device, or one at a local library.

Last Updated on 07/06/2015.

Providence, Rhode Island Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Providence Housing Authority (PHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for six days in November 2016, and prior to that in 1998. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Victim of domestic violence, Rhode Island resident.

5,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the PHA website, or call the office at (401) 751-6400.

Last Updated on 11/16/2016.


About the Providence Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Providence Housing Authority manages 2,358 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,904 52 41 125 195
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $611 $558 $895 $793 $564
Monthly Cost $1,163,834 $29,000 $36,706 $99,096 $109,971

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Providence 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 211 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 57 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $14,613 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 36% 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 55% 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, 52% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% 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.

48% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 45% of households with children have a female head of household. 88% of all households were headed by a female.

77% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 23% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Providence Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 22% include at least one person with a disability. 34% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 73% 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, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 47% with 3 or more bedrooms. 27% 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 Providence Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $375 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $719. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $157.



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 Providence Housing Authority

335 Hartford Ave
Hartford Park is a 508 unit low income housing apartment community in Providence.
100 Broad St
Dexter Manor is a 291 unit low income housing apartment community in Providence.
100 Atwells Ave
Dominica Manor is a 204 unit low income housing apartment community in Providence.
243 Smith St
Carroll Towers is a 194 unit low income housing apartment community in Providence.
160 Benedict St
Kilmartin Plaza is a 106 unit low income housing apartment community in Providence.

Affordable Apartments near Providence Housing Authority

50 Prairie Avenue
Lockwood Plaza Apartments is a 208 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-4 bedroom apartments for rent in Providence. Rents at Lockwood Plaza Apartments are $791-1,340.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Providence.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
40 Leander Street
Hillcrest Village is a 130 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Providence.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Low Income Housing Tax Credit Project Based Rental Assistance
825 Plainfield Street
Hillside Village is a 42 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Providence.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Low Income Housing Tax Credit Project Based Rental Assistance