Virgin Islands Housing Authority
Waiting List Statuses
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Open Virgin Islands Housing Authority Waiting Lists
Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some upcoming 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, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response.
Virgin Islands Housing Authority Website: http://www.vihousing.org/.
Virgin Islands Housing Authority Phone: (340) 777-8442.
Open Until Further Notice:
Virgin Islands Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List
Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.
How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List
The Virgin Islands Housing Authority (VIHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list opened on October 3, 2016 at 9:00 am AT, and is open indefinitely. It was last open in July 2012.
There are four ways to apply:
- Pick up an application at the St. Thomas/St. John Central Office, located at 4402 Anna's Retreat, #200, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00802-1737.
- Pick up an application at the St. Croix Central Office, located at RR 2 Box 9299, Kingshill, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands 00851-9719.
- Download and print the application online here.
- Call (340) 714-0174 or (340) 778-8442.
Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed or hand delivered to the VIHA. Addresses can be found on Page 2 of the application.
This waiting list has the following preferences: Displaced by natural disaster or government action, displaced by domestic violence, employed, enrolled in job training program, enrolled in education program full-time.
For more information, visit the VIHA website, or call the office at (340) 777-8442 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, Monday-Thursday.
Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (340) 714-0174.
Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.
Last Updated on 06/28/2018.
About Virgin Islands Housing Authority
More information about Virgin Islands Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.vihousing.org/.
Representatives of Virgin Islands Housing Authority may be available by phone at (340) 777-8442. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.
About the Virgin Islands Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Virgin Islands Housing Authority manages 1,570 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 ||Homeownership ||Tenant Protection ||Ported Out ||VASH |
||1,180 ||8 ||186 ||185 ||11 |
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher
||$724 ||$355 ||$750 ||$818 ||$551 |
||$853,855 ||$2,843 ||$139,588 ||$151,295 ||$6,063 |
Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Virgin Islands 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 14% having issued approximately 102 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 11 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 32 months on the waiting list1.
According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.7 persons and has a household income of $15,974 per year. 73% of households were very low income (VLI) and 49% were extremely low income (ELI). 58% 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 37% 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, 65% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 16% 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.
63% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 62% of households with children have a female head of household. 91% of all households were headed by a female.
99% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 87% of all heads of households being Black and 11% being Hispanic.
Of all households participating in the Virgin Islands Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 3% include at least one person with a disability. 6% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 7% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.
Bedroom Size and Overhousing
20% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 44% with 3 or more bedrooms. 12% 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 Virgin Islands Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $388 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $734. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $156.
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.