Virgin Islands Housing Authority

402 Estate Anna's Retreat
St Thomas, Virgin Islands 801

Virgin Islands Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in St Thomas, Virgin Islands that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. As of November 14th, 2019, Virgin Islands Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Virgin Islands Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Virgin Islands Housing Authority serves Virgin Islands.

Information for the Virgin Islands Housing Authority Public Housing program can be found here.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Virgin Islands Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice

Open Virgin Islands Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Virgin Islands Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Download and print the application online here.
  4. 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.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (340) 714-0174.

Next Steps

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.

HCV Portability Status

As of 11/14/2019, it is not known if Virgin Islands 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 Virgin Islands Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Virgin Islands Housing Authority manages 1,609 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,171 9 201 215 13
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $776 $338 $745 $841 $547
Monthly Cost $908,363 $3,038 $149,707 $180,804 $7,113

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.

Income Characteristics

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.