Burlington Housing Authority

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Open: Burlington Housing Authority Public Housing

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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

The Burlington Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families.

Please Note: This housing authority does not have a senior/disabled public housing program.

This housing authority offers three public housing apartment communities ranging in size from 1 to 5 bedrooms.

There are four ways to apply for public housing:
1. Download application here, then print and complete.
2. Request an application be mailed to you by calling 802-864-0538, Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30am and 4pm.
3. Request an application be emailed to you by emailing the housing authority at nkukolj@burlingtonhousing.org.
4. Visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at 65 Main St., Burlington, VT 05401, Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30am and 4pm.

Once the application has been completed you can:
1. Mail or hand deliver application to 65 Main St., Burlington, VT 05401.
2. Email completed application to nkukolj@burlingtonhousing.org.

Be sure to include copies of these documents with your completed application: social security cards for all household members.

This housing authority has a preference for applicants living and/or working in the County.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://burlingtonhousing.org/, or they can be reached with any questions you may have by calling 802-864-0538, Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30am and 4:00pm. 
Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (802)864-0538.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.

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Closed: Burlington Housing Authority Section 8 HCV

The Burlington Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is currently closed.

Last Updated on 07/20/2015.

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About Burlington Housing Authority

65 Main Street, Burlington, VT | Visit Website | (802) 658-1280

Burlington Housing Authority provides affordable housing for up to 2,229 low and moderate income households through its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Public Housing programs..

Housing Authority Jurisdiction

Low-income housing managed by Burlington Housing Authority is located in Burlington, VT.

Households with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher managed by this housing authority must rent within its jurisdiction.

About the Burlington Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Burlington Housing Authority manages 1,966 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following table summarizes types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 740 31 371 25 6 5 458
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $885 $724 $1,043 $1,043 $704 $628 $855
Monthly Cost $654,773 $22,459 $386,793 $26,081 $4,221 $3,139 $391,721
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 11% having issued approximately 190 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 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 29 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $16,284 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 75% were extremely low income (ELI). 29% of households had wages as a major source of income, 7% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 61% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

5% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 52% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 20% 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.

39% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 32% of households with children have a female head of household. 66% of all households were headed by a female.

18% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 10% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Burlington Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 31% include at least one person with a disability. 57% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 67% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

43% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 39% with 2 bedrooms and 19% with 3 or more bedrooms. 11% 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 Burlington Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $409 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $934. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $121.

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.