About Rochester Housing Authority (RHA)

  • Established in 1955 as an independent public corporation by New York State Public Housing Law, RHA serves more than 26,000 lower-income residents and program participants in the five-county Greater Rochester area.
  • RHA received a Public Housing Assessment Score (PHAS) rating of “High Performer” from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2015.
  • RHA’s current Section Eight Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) score is 100 and designated as a high performer.
  • Total employees: 214
  • Main Office: 675 West Main Street, Rochester, NY 14611


RHA Leadership

  • Executive Director: (Position Vacant) Shawn Burr, Interim Executive Director
  • Vice-Chairman of the Board of Commissioners: Tynese Edwards
  • The RHA Board of Commissioners is authorized to include 7 members:
    • 5 of those members appointed by the mayor of the City of Rochester to serve a 5-year term.
    • 2 resident commissioners elected by RHA residents to serve a 2-year term.
  • The responsibility of the board is to create a vision and direction for RHA while providing policies and procedures that operate within the law according to HUD regulations.


RHA Properties

  • Aimed to provide quality, comfortable living for people with limited incomes in the Greater Rochester area.
  • Approximately 20% of total residents served reside in the 2,400+ RHA public housing units.
  • Public Housing Units available for:
    • Over 50 & Disabled: Danforth Tower East/West, Glenwood Gardens, Hudson Ridge Tower, Kennedy Tower, and Parliament Arms.
    • Disabled & Over/Under 50: Lake Tower, Lena Gantt Estates, Lexington Court, and University Tower.
    • Family Housing: Bay-Zimmer Townhouses, Bronson Court, Federal Street Townhouses, Harriet Tubman Estates, Holland Townhouses, Lena Gantt Estates, Lexington Court, and Parkside Apartments.
    • Enriched Housing: Danforth Tower East, Hudson Ridge Tower, Johnathan Child
    • Single & Double Scattered Site Homes



Resident Services

  • Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is a voluntary employment and savings incentive program designed to assist families in becoming economically independent and self-sufficient.
  • Supportive services in the program include homeownership, training for jobs, education, and life skills to help families reach their goals in 5 years.
  • Service Coordination for RHA Elderly and Disabled Residents, including health and wellness, money and employment, transportation and more.


Section 3

  • Section 3 is a provision of the HUD Act of 1968.
  • The purpose of Section 3 is to ensure that employment, training, and other contracting opportunities, generated by HUD financial assistance, are directed towards low, and very-low income persons (regardless of gender).
  • RHA is committed to developing and promoting a successful Section 3 program in which candidates are provided training and employment opportunities and qualified Section 3 businesses are provided contracting opportunities.


Rental Assistance Programs

  • RHA administers numerous “tenant-based’ and “project-based” rental assistance programs funded by HUD.
  • Programs include: Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV), Project Based Vouchers, Shelter Plus Care, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Program (NHTD), and Special Purpose Vouchers.


The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program

  • A federally-funded HUD program which subsidizes the rents of eligible low-income households.
  • Vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies (PHAs). The PHAs receive federal funds from HUD to administer the voucher program.
  • Only applicants on the RHA Section 8 tenant-based waitlist are eligible for the voucher program.
  • Eligibility is based on the total annual gross income and family size, but ultimately determined by RHA.
  • The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines HCV rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
  • RHA received a perfect score from HUD for the Section 8 Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) in 2015.


Additional information available online at www.rochesterhousing.org