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Housing - Section 8


The Passaic County Public Housing Agency is responsible for the administration of 835 federally funded Housing Choice vouchers, which provide rental assistance to eligible county residents who reside in privately owned apartments. The Housing Agency does not serve the cities of Paterson, Passaic or Clifton as these three municipalities operate their own program.  The Board of Commissioners, which sets policy for the agency, is comprised of six freeholders and one resident. The Board welcomes any and all comments from the public. Any landlord that is interested in working with the program may list their available apartments on our website by filling out this form.

Housing Choice Voucher Program
The Waiting List for the Housing Choice Voucher Program is currently closed.  A notice will be posted on this site when applications become available.
Please be advised that waiting list inquiries are currently suspended.  All applicants with a change of address are still allowed and required to submit their change via the inquiry form found here.  The form must be mailed to the office.

Contact us by e-mail or phone -

Clarissa Manjarres, Tenant Interviewer    (973) 569-2177
Paul Valderrama, Tenant Interviewer        (973) 881-4371
Niccole Allegra, Tenant Interviewer         (973) 881-4498
Thomas Gray, Supervisor                       (973) 225-3605
Z. Lizette Muniz, Finance                       (973) 881-4372
Rosalie Villanueva, Receptionist                (973) 881-4369

Family Self Sufficiency Program (FSS)
The Passaic County Public Housing Agency is in the process of recruiting new participants for this voluntary program.  The Family Self Sufficiency Program guides voucher families to become economically self sufficient.  Participants are encouraged t
o achieve independence through training, education and employment.  Aside from providing assistance in attaining these goals, the program provides the opportunity to accrue monies which are paid to the participant upon successful completion of the program.

Contact Clarissa Manjarres for further details about this opportunity.

Please click here to view the latest edition of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.  The Passaic County Public Housing Agency's most recent scholarship recipient is featured in this publication.

FSS Breakfast Event

On Saturday, April 7th, 2018 the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Passaic County Public Housing Agency hosted the fifth annual Family Self Sufficiency Breakfast at La Neve’s in Haledon.

In addition to providing rental subsidies to low income families throughout the County, the Housing Agency administers a Family Self Sufficiency Program for its clients. The Program guides residents through a five year period which focuses on training, education and employment. There is also the opportunity to accrue monies which are paid to the participant upon successful completion of the program.

20180407_103111.jpgThe Breakfast honored eight recent graduates, some of which are now off of rental assistance due to full time employment.  Freeholder Director Cassandra "Sandi" Lazzara addressed the participants of the program.  Freeholder Deputy Director Bruce James and Freeholder John Bartlett were also on hand to present the graduates with certificates to acknowledge their achievements.

Other speakers included Lauren Murphy, Executive Director of the Passaic County One Stop Career Center, and Maritza Davila, the Assistant Director of Admissions at Passaic County Community College.  Dress for Success of Morris County was represented by Jeanne Rohach, who facilitated an empowerment session and presented several clients with suits for job interviews.

Kenneth Partyka, Area Vice President of Lakeland Bank was in attendance to offer services that the bank can provide.  The Passaic County Health Department also participated in the event, along with several other FSS clients who offered hair styling, massages and a dance fitness routine. 
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According to Freeholder Deputy Director Bruce James, "This program is not just about assisting families with paying their rent.  The Housing Agency provides the guidance for residents to achieve their goals in becoming economically self sufficient."

Passaic County Public Housing Agency Executive Director Janice DeJohn stated, "This is a community event; it could not be successful without the support of the Freeholders, my staff, our partner agencies who provide services, the local businesses who generously donate financially, and our guest speakers who give their time to this effort.  It is so rewarding to see the transformation of these individuals after years of hard work."

Save the Date!
The 2018 Camp Hope trip will be held on July 20th and a second day will be held on August 17th. 

Thanks to the support of the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, resident families with children ages 6 through 12 who participate in the housing program are eligible to enjoy the Camp Hope experience.  This summer campers enjoyed two days at the Camp.


PoolCamp Hope is a 62 acre wooded retreat in West Milford which provides much enjoyment throughout the year for county residents.  On July 21st and August 18th our children visited the facility and participated in recreational activities, arts and crafts projects, nature hikes and swimming. Lunch and transportation to the Camp are provided free of charge.  
"On behalf of the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, we welcome our Housing Agency participants and hope that they enjoy their camp experience," stated Freeholder Director Cassandra "Sandi" Lazzara.

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The Housing Agency has been hosting this trip for 6 years with the assistance of the Camp Director Karen Cisco.  The fact that many of the children have returned year after year is a testament to the wonderful time that they have! 

Camp Hope

$$$ Scholarship Winners Announced $$$

20170623_101850.jpgNJNAHRO has announced its 2017 scholarship recipients.  We are proud to say that Angie Retuerto, a Passaic County resident, was among the winners. 

Angie received a $1,500.00 scholarship from the Housing organization to assist her with college expenses.  Ms. Retuerto graduated from Passaic County Community College and is now continuing her studies in finance at William Paterson College.  She is also employed full time. 

Her hope is to give her son a better life by becoming economically independent and furthering her career in order to give back to her community.

The scholarship was formally awarded at the October 24, 2017 Freeholder Meeting with Joseph M. Billy, the President of NJNAHRO, there to present the check.

We wish Angie continued success!