Application & Wait List Information


Each Portsmouth Housing property and program has different eligibility and priority guidelines. This is why we encourage everyone to apply so our staff can help determine which properties or programs you are eligible for. For Portsmouth Housing to make this determination, you must first complete our full Preliminary Application and supply documents that our staff may require.

Your eligibility will be based upon your income, age, disability, citizen or immigration status, and criminal record. These guidelines do vary by program and are adjusted annually.

After you complete this preliminary application process and have been determined to be eligible, you will be notified and placed on the Waitlist in order of the time of application, the number of priority points you have, and the number of bedrooms that you are qualified for.

How to Apply

  • Download and Complete the Preliminary Application

    Click here to download the application.

  • Submit Your Preliminary Application

    Email the application to (must be scanned in PDF format) or return to our main office at 245 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801.

  • Wait for Your Preliminary Application to be Processed

    It will take about two weeks to process the Preliminary Application. Once the Preliminary Application is both processed and approved, the applicant will receive a letter in the mail confirming he/she has has been added to the Waitlist.

It is your responsibility to keep your address and phone number updated with the Portsmouth Housing Authority while you are on our Waitlist.

When a unit becomes available and the applicant is high enough on the Waitlist, then he/she will be contacted to fill out the full application. Applicants will receive a letter and a phone call from the Portsmouth Housing Authority when their application reaches the top of the Waitlist of the property they have requested.


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General Information for Applicants

Frequently Asked Questions for Applicants