About Rutland Housing Authority

The Rutland Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Rutland, Vermont.

The Rutland Housing Authority serves Rutland.

Rutland Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Rutland Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Rutland Housing Authority (RHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.


To apply, download and print the application online here


Once the application is completed, it must be mailed or hand delivered to Rutland Housing Authority, 5 Tremont Street, Rutland, VT 05701.


Copies of the following additional documents are required for all members of the household: Birth certificate, Social Security card.


The following preferences are noted: lived in the state of Vermont for at least one year; work or have been notified of hiring in the state of Vermont; head of household or spouse is currently employed, 62 years old or older, or disabled; victim of domestic violence; displaced due to natural disaster; med-waiver applicant.


For more information, visit the RHA website at www.rhavt.org, or call the office at 802-775-2926.

Last Updated on 07/12/2017.

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Rutland Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

Please Note: The public housing waiting list is lengthy.

This housing authority offers two apartment communities for families and two apartment communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

There are three ways to apply for public housing:
1. Request an application be mailed to you by calling 802-775-2926, Monday-Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm.
2. Visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at 2 Tremont St., Rutland, VT 05701, Monday-Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm.
3. Download the application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. Be sure to include copies of these items with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, photo IDs for all adult household members, and if mailing the application, there are a few pages that need to be notarized by a notary.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: elderly, disabled, living and/or working in the state of Vermont, employed, or a victim of domestic violence.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://www.rhavt.org/, or they can be reached with any questions you may have by calling 802-775-2926, during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.

More information about Rutland Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.rhavt.org/.

About the Rutland Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Rutland Housing Authority manages 206 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection
Vouchers 181 25
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $458 $712
Monthly Cost $82,843 $17,788

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Rutland 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 5% having issued approximately 38 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 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 15 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.9 persons and has a household income of $15,372 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 58% were extremely low income (ELI). 24% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 72% 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, 44% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 29% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

34% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 32% of households with children have a female head of household. 77% of all households were headed by a female.

5% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 2% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Rutland Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 32% include at least one person with a disability. 62% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 39% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

49% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 19% 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 Rutland Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $373 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $584. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $81.

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.