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Westerly Housing Authority

5 Chestnut Street
Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island 2891

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

Westerly Housing Authority serves Westerly.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Westerly Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Closed
General Public Housing Closed
Senior and Disabled Public Housing Closed

Other Westerly 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.

Westerly Housing Authority Website: https://westerlyhousingauthority.org/.

Westerly Housing Authority Phone: (401) 596-4918.

Closed: Westerly Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Westerly Housing Authority (WHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day only in April 2016. 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 download and print the pre-application online.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must have been:
 

  1. Mailed to the WHA office.
  2. Scanned and emailed to the WHA office.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Residents of Westerly, working family, disabled.

200 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of 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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 WHA website, or call the office at (401) 596-4918.

Last Updated on 06/14/2017.

Closed: General Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Westerly Housing Authority (WHA) is not accepting general Public Housing waiting list applications at this time.

For more information, visit the WHA website, or call the office at (401) 596-4918.

Last Updated on 07/06/2018.

Closed: Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

The Westerly Housing Authority (WHA) is not accepting Senior/Disabled Public Housing waiting list applications at this time.

For more information, visit the WHA website, or call the office at (401) 596-4918.

Last Updated on 07/06/2018.

About Westerly Housing Authority

More information about Westerly Housing Authority can be found on its website at https://westerlyhousingauthority.org/.

Representatives of Westerly Housing Authority may be available by phone at (401) 596-4918. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/29/2020, it is not known if Westerly 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 Westerly Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Westerly Housing Authority manages 164 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, 2019:

Standard
Vouchers 164
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $739
Monthly Cost $121,181

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Westerly 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 13% having issued approximately 14 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 34 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 $17,169 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 69% were extremely low income (ELI). 34% 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 63% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 51% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 29% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 17% 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.

53% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 52% of households with children have a female head of household. 89% of all households were headed by a female.

23% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 12% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Westerly Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 20% include at least one person with a disability. 27% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 63% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

30% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 30% with 2 bedrooms and 39% with 3 or more bedrooms. 9% 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 Westerly Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $402 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $815. 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 Apartments Operated by Westerly Housing Authority

Park View

5 Chestnut St
Westerly, Rhode Island