About Warren Housing Authority

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

The Warren Housing Authority serves Warren.

Warren Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

The Warren Housing Authority (WHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for senior/disabled individuals.

Please note: The WHA does not offer a Public Housing program for families.

The WHA offers one Public Housing community with 153 units for senior/disabled individuals.

To apply, download the application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed to 20 Libby Lane, Warren, RI 02885.

The WHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: displaced by a natural disaster, displaced by government action, victim of domestic violence, employed, or enrolled in a job training program.

more information can be found by visiting the WHA website http://www.warrenhousing.org/, or by calling 401-245-7019, between the hours of 8:00 am  until 3:30 pm, Monday-Friday.


  • What: Warren Housing Authority Public Housing Opening
  • Preferences For: Those Displaced by Natural Disaster. Victims of Domestic Violence. Persons in Job Training or Higher Education. Those Displaced by Government Action.

  • A waiting list with preferences means that applicants who qualify for the preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of the preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance. Learn More About Preferences.

Last Updated on 07/06/2015.

About the Warren Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Warren Housing Authority manages 195 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 167 5 23
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $608 $523 $479
Monthly Cost $101,545 $2,614 $11,017

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Warren 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 4% having issued approximately 56 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 37 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2 persons and has a household income of $14,396 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 69% were extremely low income (ELI). 30% 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 64% 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, 49% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 30% 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.

33% of households included children, 6% of which had two adults in the household. 30% of households with children have a female head of household. 68% of all households were headed by a female.

12% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 8% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Warren Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 32% include at least one person with a disability. 50% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 70% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

44% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 30% with 2 bedrooms and 26% with 3 or more bedrooms. 10% 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 Warren Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $348 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $802. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $147.

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.

Affordable Apartments near Warren Housing Authority

340 Main St
Main Street Apartments is a 10 unit low income housing apartment community in Warren.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Project Based Rental Assistance Accessible Units Persons With Disabilities
28 3rd St
272 Main St
272 Main Street, Warren 02885 is a 6 unit low income housing apartment community in Warren.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Warren.
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