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The Portland Housing Authority (PHA) gives preference to applicants on the waiting list who are considered elderly or disabled or a family with minor children who live or work in our area of operation.
Placement on the waiting list does not mean you are eligible for the Housing Choice Voucher program. Certification of your eligibility will be done when your name comes to the top of the list.
You need to call the maintenance phone number assigned to your development. Calls are accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit the maintenance page to find the number assigned to your location.
Like all Subsidized Housing programs, the Portland Housing Authority (PHA) has long waiting lists.
PHA Voucher Programs and Public Housing are not emergency housing.
It is important that you notify PHA of any change in where you live or where you get your mail so PHA and the owner can contact you when you are next on the list.
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Please note that we cannot accept applications by fax.
When we receive your application form, we will add your name to the requested waiting list(s) for the specific apartments you check off on your application. Some properties require an application to be completed with the owner.
If you apply for an apartment that does not have an appropriate bedroom size for your family you will not be added to that list.
Please include your name, Social Security number, the information to be changed, and a telephone number where we can contact you. Adding or removing household members may affect your eligibility for some apartments. If the change increases or decreases the number of bedrooms your family needs, and the locations to which you have previously applied do not have any apartments with that bedroom size, your name will be removed from that list.
If you add your name to a list, your date of application for the new apartment will be the date your application for that apartment is received.
To submit by mail, write a brief letter that includes your name, Social Security number, phone number, previous address, and new address, then mail your change of address form or letter to the intake department of the PHA. The address of the PHA administrative offices for mailing or completing forms in person is:
Please note that changing your address with the U. S. Postal Service or with another housing authority does not change your address with us. You must update us separately.
Some examples of accommodations include large-print materials, assistance with completing forms, translation services, and allowing a live-in aide.
We will make every effort to meet your needs.
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Under the Project-Based (PBV) Program, the rental assistance is tied to specific apartments. It is not a mobile subsidy that can be taken with you from place to place. If you move, you do not have any right to continued housing assistance.
If you are approved by the owner and accept the offer, you must then complete a final Project-Based Voucher (PBV) eligibility screening at Portland Housing Authority. Please note that an owner may offer an apartment to more than one applicant. In that case, the applicant that first completes the final PBV eligibility screening will be chosen to occupy the apartment.
If you don't report an income increase, you could lose your housing assistance and be required to repay Portland Housing Authority for any overpayment.
Applicants must meet the same eligibility standards required under the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. Owners screen and select applicants from the waiting list when units become vacant.
If the family moves out of the unit PHA stops paying that owner. The family can move to another approved unit and have their voucher assistance paid to their new landlord.
Under the Project-Based Voucher program, PHA enters into a housing assistance payments (HAP) contract with the owner for certain units and for a specific amount of time. Because the housing assistance is tied to the unit, a family who moves from that unit does not take it with them.
Interested owners looking for more information on contracts may contact Portland Housing Authority at 207-773-4753 or in person at:
Portland Housing Authority14 Baxter Boulevard Portland, ME 04101 Director of Housing Services.
We will make known any new Project-Based Voucher units that come available by posting online, or mailing letters to related service agencies, etc.
The first step in finding your fit for volunteering is to complete the volunteer application linked below. Volunteer Application Materials
Balloon Payment Mortgages, Variable interest rates and seller financing are prohibited.The PHA has final approval as to whether the financing arrangement is affordable. The family’s portion may not exceed 40% of their adjusted family income.
The lender determines the amount of mortgage you can afford. This amount depends on several factors such as your income, your debt, the interest rate, and the PHA payment standard. Some financing options require the family to place a down payment on the home. The lender will pre-qualify your for a loan based on these factors. It is important to get pre-qualified by the lender prior to shopping for a home.
In most cases, your family can help you purchase a home by assisting with a down payment. We do not allow non-occupying co-signors or co-borrowers.