The Housing Choice Voucher

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, also known as Section 8, was created by Congress in 1974.  This housing program is income-based and is designed to provide rental assistance through housing vouchers to eligible, very low income families, disabled, and elderly individuals.

Administered locally by the Portland Housing Authority (PHA), the vouchers allow program participants to lease the apartment or home of their choice within the city limits of Portland and Cromwell. Program participants pay only a portion of the rent, and PHA pays the balance of the rent directly to the property’s owner.

Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standard

 Bedroom Type Studio 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Bedroom 4 Bedroom
Utilities Included $820 $1020 $1260 $1570 $1800

Portability Information: PHA is absorbing vouchers.  For contact information regarding portability, or have questions regarding the program please contact our Section 8 Coordinator.

Susan Nellis at 860-342-1688 ext.111 or Snellis@portlandha.org

Section 8 Wait list is closed.

You can check what number you are on the wait list by clicking on the link below

Wait List Look up

Enter your social security number and your position and status will be produced.

If you enter your social security number and a message reads "Your waiting list application wasn't found" it means that you were not chosen in the lottery that took place in August of 2018.

Please do NOT call the office looking for this information, the link above will give you the same information.