The Public Housing Program provides housing to eligible low-income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities. Public Housing properties are owned by the Housing Authority and subsidized by the federal government.
In order to meet eligibility criteria the applicants must be at or below 80% of the area median income. See current income limits.
Applicants must also meet citizenship or eligible immigrant requirements; applicants must not have a recent record of violent or drug related criminal activity. Applicants must not owe rent or other amounts to any Public Housing Authority or owner in connection with any assisted housing program.
The Winooski Housing Authority has no emergency housing and all public housing properties have waiting lists. The time frame varies based on the property and bedroom size, wait times for Public Housing can be from between six months and three years. When your name reaches the top of the waiting list and there is an apartment available the Property Manager will complete a background check to determine final eligibility.
Winooski Housing Authority owns three properties in Winooski that offer housing to senior or disabled families. They are located at 31 East Spring Street, 83 Barlow Street and 65 Barlow Street. Effective November 1, 2014 these properites are smoke-free.
All of the senior properties are secure buildings with 24 hour on call maintenance service. Each property has a community room that is equipped with a kitchen, in addition all properties have onsite laundry facilities. All of the WHA senior properties are in close proximity to the Winooski Senior Center.
The Winooski Housing Authority owns two family properties located at 87 Elm Street and 181 Franklin Street. These are 2 through 5 bedroom townhouse units with washer and dryer hookups. Heat and electricity are included in your rent; you are responsible for your cable and telephone bills.
The Winooski Family Center offers a pre-school program for children as well as family support and educational programs for families. These activities are held at the Family Center located at 87 Elm Street.
The Dream Program (Directing through Education, Adventure and Mentoring) is a non-profit mentoring program that works with children at our Elm and Franklin Street communities. The program provides weekly mentoring services with a combination of group and one-on-one activities.
During the summer months the Association of Africans Living in Vermont, Inc. and New Farms for New Americans provide residents the opportunity to purchase fresh produce from the farm stand that they maintain at 87 Elm Street.