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Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority

3116 South Street
Portsmouth, Virginia 23707

Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.

Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority serves Portsmouth.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Hamilton Place I and Hamilton Place II Project-Based Voucher Closed
Swanson Homes, 2 and 4-Bedroom Public Housing Closed
Phoebus Square Apartments Closed

Other Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some 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, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority Website: http://www.prha.org/.

Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority Phone: (757) 399-5261.

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

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

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 before 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, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the PRHA website.

Last Updated on 01/27/2020.

Closed: Hamilton Place I and Hamilton Place II Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority (PRHA) waiting list for 2-Bedroom Project-Based Voucher apartments at Hamilton Place I and Hamilton Place II is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from January 29, 2020, until January 30, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • PRHA HCV participants terminated due to insufficient funding, veterans, applicants involuntarily displaced by government action in Portsmouth, applicants living, working, graduate or participant of education or training program in the City of Portsmouth, elderly and/or disabled families and homelessness.

150 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the PRHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the PRHA website, as of January 27, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Last Updated on 07/28/2020.

Closed: Swanson Homes, 2 and 4-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority (PRHA) waiting list for 2 and 4-Bedroom Public Housing apartments at Swanson Homes is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from January 29, 2020, until January 30, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

The maximum income limits for each household size were as follows: 1 Person $44,450; 2 Persons $50,800; 3 Persons $57,150; 4 Persons $63,450; 5 Persons $68,550; 6 Persons $73,650; 7 Persons $78,700; 8 or More Persons $83,800.

This waiting list had the following preferences: PRHA HCV participants terminated due to insufficient funding, veterans, applicants involuntarily displaced by government action in Portsmouth, applicants living, working, graduate or participant of education or training program in the City of Portsmouth, elderly and/or disabled families and homelessness.

150 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the PRHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the PRHA website, as of January 16, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Portsmouth, Virginia. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Last Updated on 01/30/2020.

Closed: Phoebus Square Apartments Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Senior Waiting List

The Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority (PRHA) waiting list for apartments at Phoebus Square is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from January 29, 2020, until January 30, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: Applicants must be 62 years and older to apply.

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

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • =PRHA HCV participants terminated due to insufficient funding, veterans, applicants involuntarily displaced by government action in Portsmouth, applicants living, working, graduate or participant of education or training program in the City of Portsmouth, elderly and/or disabled families and homelessness.

The maximum income limits for each household size were as follows:

  • 1 Person $33,360
  • 2 Persons $38,100

150 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the PRHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the PRHA website, as of January 27, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Last Updated on 01/30/2020.

About Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority may be available by phone at (757) 399-5261. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

Office Hours

Open today from 9:00am to 4:00pm ET.

Day Hours
Monday 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am-4:00pm
Thursday 9:00am-4:00pm
Friday 9:00am-4:00pm
HCV Portability Status

As of 03/04/2021, it is not known if Portsmouth Redevelopment and 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 Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority manages 1,875 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 Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,359 93 13 18 73
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $722 $1,024 $960 $638 $741
Monthly Cost $981,428 $95,202 $12,483 $11,488 $54,071

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Portsmouth Redevelopment and 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 and 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 and 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 Apartments Operated by Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Dale Homes

1729 Columbus Avenue
Portsmouth, Virginia
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Subsidized

Swanson Homes

1802 South St
Portsmouth, Virginia
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Family & Senior

Lincoln Park\Lexington Place

44 Lexington Dr
Portsmouth, Virginia

Westbury Pine

706 Crabapple St
Portsmouth, Virginia
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Family & Senior

Westbury Holley Square

1330 Columbia St
Portsmouth, Virginia
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Family & Senior

Seaboard Square I

2849 Turnpike Rd
Portsmouth, Virginia
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Seaboard Square II

2941 Turnpike Rd
Portsmouth, Virginia
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Westbury Cottages

1105 Richmond Ave
Portsmouth, Virginia
Call For Rent
1 BR

Low Income Housing Managed by Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Hamilton Place l & ll Apartments

3402 Turnpike Rd
Portsmouth, Virginia
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

King Square/Phoebus Square

606 Phoebus St
Portsmouth, Virginia
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Hope Village

611 6th St
Portsmouth, Virginia
Call For Rent
1-3 BR