20 Thornton Ave
Auburn, NY 13021
Mon - Fri  8-4
(315) 253-6249
Fax: (315) 252-0399

Section 8

The Housing Authority’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Wait List for Tenant-Based Vouchers will open at 8:00 AM on Thursday, December 17th. Applications will be available online and at our main office at 20 Thornton Avenue in Auburn at that time. If you would like us to mail you an application when the list opens, please call us at (315) 253-6249, and we will mail out an application on the 17th.
The Section 8 Program provides assistance for low-income individuals and families in the private rental market through the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The Auburn Housing Authority administers 394 Section 8 Vouchers. Preference is given to applicants who reside in the City of Auburn.
Families are issued Tenant-Based Vouchers (TBV). Voucher holders then select a unit from the private rental market, and rental assistance makes market rate housing affordable. While voucher holders are free to search for an apartment anywhere within the City of Auburn, they can apply to live at Melone Village or Brogan Manor. Program participants normally pay between 30% and 40% of their monthly adjusted income towards rent and utilities. The Housing Assistance Payment covers the balance of the rent through a direct payment to the property owner.
Eligibility for a rental voucher is determined by the Authority based on total annual gross income and family size. Eligible families cannot exceed 50% of the area median income for Cayuga County. During the application process, we will collect income, asset and family verifications to determine eligibility. If you are approved, you will be added to the waitlist and when your name reaches the top of the waiting list, we will meet with you and provide you with a rental voucher.
After your family has been issued a Housing Choice Voucher, you can search for an apartment that is decent, safe, and sanitary according to Housing Quality Standards (HQS) established by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). When you have found a suitable unit and the owner has agreed to lease the unit to you under the Housing Choice Voucher Program, we will inspect the unit to make sure that it meets the HQS guidelines. After the unit passes HQS inspection and the rent has been approved, the landlord and the tenant will enter into a lease for an initial term of one year.
New voucher holders must lease a unit for at least twelve months before becoming eligible to move to another unit or location. If you wish to move and maintain your rental assistance, you must notify the Auburn Housing Authority and your landlord at least 30 days in advance.
Income limits for the Section 8 Program are as follows:
1 person $22,250   5 persons $34,300
2 persons $25,400   6 persons $36,850
3 persons $28,600   7 persons $39,400
4 persons $31,750   8 persons $41,950
Income limits are adjusted annually based on median income in Cayuga County.