About Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority

The Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Portsmouth, Virginia.

The Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority serves Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority (PRHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for 3 bedroom units.

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, download, print and complete the Public Housing Insert, Public Housing Application, and Selection of Preference form.

Disabled applicants who require reasonable accommodation to complete the application can call the PRHA at (757) 391-2980, or TDD 1-800-545-1833, Ext. 869

The following documentation is required when completing the pre-application of all members of the household: Complete name, Social Security Number, place of birth.

The PRHA has identified the following preferences: Resident, working family, graduate of educational and/or training program, active participants in educational and/or training program, veteran, to avoid foster care placement, reunite families, homeless.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed to:

PRHA - Occupancy
P.O. Box 1098
Portsmouth, VA 23705

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 PRHA website, or call the office at (757) 399-5261.

Last Updated on 04/04/2016.

Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority (PRHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for three days in July 2016, and prior to that in 2008. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Portsmouth, VA is about 5 miles southwest of Norfolk, VA.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application. 

This waiting list has preferences, and they can be found on the application.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, after sorting preferences.

For more information, visit the PRHA website, or call the office at (757) 399-5261.

Last Updated on 06/14/2017.

More information about Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.prha.org/.


About the Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority manages 1,705 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,425 17 42 15 80
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $653 $580 $714 $629 $688
Monthly Cost $930,227 $9,852 $30,005 $9,436 $55,025

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Portsmouth Redevelopment & 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 19% having issued approximately 91 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 1 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 81 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $14,843 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 68% were extremely low income (ELI). 41% 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 56% 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, 53% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 22% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

48% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 46% of households with children have a female head of household. 88% of all households were headed by a female.

98% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 98% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 22% include at least one person with a disability. 31% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 70% 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, 46% with 2 bedrooms and 34% with 3 or more bedrooms. 27% 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 Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $362 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $780. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $162.



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 Operated by Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority

79 Dale Dr
Portsmouth, Virginia
Dale Homes is a 296 unit low income housing apartment community in Portsmouth.
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Swanson Homes is a 210 unit low income housing apartment community in Portsmouth.
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44 Lexington Dr
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Lincoln Prk is a 178 unit low income housing apartment community in Portsmouth.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
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706 Crabapple St
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Westbury is a 58 unit low income housing apartment community in Portsmouth.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
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1330 Columbia St
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Holley Square at Westbury is a 59 unit low income housing apartment community in Portsmouth.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
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