Welcome to the Rutland Housing Authority
The RHA is dedicated to building healthy, safe, vibrant neighborhoods by creating and offering service-enriched housing opportunities.
The Rutland Housing Authority has served the Rutland community since 1963 with housing that is affordable and service enriched. As one of eight municipal Public Housing Authorities in the State of Vermont, we administer both Public Housing and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher programs, affordable housing developments and supportive services for our residents and community at large.
We are governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners who are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Rutland. Although the bulk of our funding is through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), our work is enhanced and supported by our many community partners, including:
The Housing Authority operates 181 Public Housing units, administers an ongoing public housing rehabilitation program, a Section 8 program that provides assistance on behalf of 194 households in and around the City of Rutland, and 56 units of newly constructed affordable housing. In total the Authority is responsible for 411 units of safe, affordable and quality housing for senior citizens, low-income families and disabled individuals in the greater Rutland community.
For the past several years the RHA has focused on the redevelopment of the Forest Park Public Housing project. Originally consisting of 75 apartments, about two-thirds of the units, which HUD deemed obsolete, have been replaced with 56 new units for people of all incomes. A new community building hosts the Boys and Girls Club of Rutland County, The DREAM Program, The Children’s Discovery Center for Early Learning, and the Historic Southwest Rutland Neighborhood Association. A maintenance garage enables us to better serve all of our housing sites. In addition to the new buildings the initiative includes a wider city street, sidewalks, driveways parking lots, lighting, infrastructure and landscaping. This transformative project is a joint effort with Housing Vermont and a variety of funding partners, including the Vermont Housing Finance Agency, Vermont Housing Conservation Board, Vermont Community Development Program, Vermont Community Loan Fund, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Senator Patrick Leahy, TD Bank and Merchant’s Bank.
The final phase of the new Hickory Street development is in the planning stages with an estimated start of construction in 2017.
RHA supports a number of resident service initiatives intended to help residents achieve self-sufficiency, healthy living and the ability to successfully age in place. I encourage you to learn more about the SASH Program (Support And Services at Home), HASS Program (Housing and Supportive Services) and ROSS Program (Resident Opportunities and Self-sufficiency) on our Resident Services page. RHA services have been recognized by the American Association of Service Coordinators and the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials with awards of excellence.
We are proud of our record and for the opportunity to serve our communities. We welcome your interest and inquiry. Please contact us if we can be of assistance.
Kevin L. Loso