Welcome to the Irvington Housing Authority

Social Services

Striving to promote Resident Services and Satisfaction with Dignity

The Social Services Department, in collaboration with local agencies, is available to meet the needs of Irvington Housing Authority Residents.

These Services include:

Irvington Township Housing Authority
    Please see Norma Carty for dates and times.

    James C. White Manor offers medical care for the elderly, including 24-hour emergency coverage, coordination of services and transportation. Geriatric services are available at several locations in the community. Geriatrician Suganthini Umakanthan, MD, is available for all aspects of medical care, including the evaluation and treatment of falls, dementia, loss of mobility, incontinence, constipation, depression, weight loss, and medication problems.

    James C. White Manor is a widely recognized program designed to provide assessment and primary health care for adults 60 and over. Total health care on an outpatient basis enables the patient to live independently at home and to enhance his or her quality of life.
    James C. White Manor provides treatment and services that help seniors live longer, healthier lives. Among them are:
  • Physician on-call 24 hours a day
  • Geriatric assessment and primary care
  • Specialty services including ophthalmology, podiatry, healthy mind (dementia) program, cardiology, and kidney disease
  • Geriatric inpatient unit

Community Resources: Food Resources2-1-1 Get Answers, Get Connected

2-1-1 (Dial Phone #211) is an easy to remember telephone number that where available connects people with important community services and volunteer opportunities. The implementation of 211 is being spearheaded by United Way and other referral agencies in states and local communities. United Way of America (UWA) and the Alliance for Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) strongly support Federal funding so that every American has access to this essential service.

Website: www.211.org

Meal Call
Find Senior Meals-on-Wheels NJ
Find senior Meals-on-Wheels and other senior meal delivery and congregate programs nationwide.  If you don't find a program, let them know and they will find something close to you.

Website: www.mealcall.org

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.

Website: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap

U.S. Administration on Aging - Eldercare Locator
Public Service of the U.S. Administration on Aging NJ
Tel: 800-677-1116
The Eldercare Locator helps older adults and their caregivers find local services & housing options for seniors. If you want more specific references call us at 1-800-677-1116, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

Website: www.eldercare.gov


Portability is an option that eligible Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) holders may utilize in order to move throughout the United States. To assist with Portability transitions, the Irvington Housing Authority (IHA) will cooperate with other Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to complete the portability process. Please note: The Irvington Housing Authority is currently BILLING.

If you're interested in moving to Irvington from another jurisdiction you must do the following:

Notify your Initial Housing Authority to let them know you want to be ported to the Housing Authority of the Township of Irvington. The Initial Housing Agency must email (dknight@ihanj.org) or mail the Portability Packet to:

Irvington Housing Authority
81 Union Ave.
Irvington, NJ 07111
Attention: Duane Knight

Portability Packets will not be accepted if hand carried by the participant or faxed. Depending on the method of delivery, it can take 5 to 7 business days for the Section 8 Department to receive your paperwork from the initial housing agency. Contact Duane Knight at 973-375-2121 ext. 112 to see if your information has been received.

You will be given an appointment for an interview when it has been confirmed that your portability packet has been received. You must bring the following items for your interview:

  • Current valid photo identification for everyone over the age of 18
  • Birth certificates for everyone in the household
  • Birth certificates for everyone in the household
  • Proof of any and all income
  • All adults who are 18 and over and who will be listed in the family composition must come to the interview

An inspection will be scheduled after you turn in the completed “Request for Tenancy Approval” packet. Once the unit passes inspection, you will be advised of your portion of the rent and authorized to move in.

If you're interested in moving from Irvington to another jurisdiction you must do the following:

Contact your case worker to request a "Mutual Rescission Form" with which to notify your landlord of your intent to vacate the unit. When you return the notarized Mutual Rescission Form you must advise your case worker of the jurisdiction to which you wish to be ported. You will be issued a Housing Choice Voucher and your Portability Packet will be emailed to the receiving Housing Authority. The entire Portability Move Out process typically takes an average of 60 days to complete.

81 Union Avenue
Irvington, NJ 07111
Office Number : 973-375-2121

Landlord Information

The U.S. Department of Housing And Urban Development (HUD) provides funding for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, which allows income eligible families to afford decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market. Families are able to find their own housing where the owner agrees to rent under the program. Generally households do not pay more than 40% of their income for rent and utilities. The Irvington Housing Authority (IHA) pays a set amount directly to the landlord and the renter pays the difference.

All units must meet the Housing Quality Standards (HQS) established by HUD. IHA inspectors conduct annual unit inspections to ensure compliance with these standards. IHA will also perform a rent comparability analysis to ensure the requested rent does not exceed market rates. Other than expecting a portion of the rent regularly each month from the Housing Authority, owners have the same type of renter/landlord relationship that they have with market renters.

IHA, the property owner, and the family have different roles and responsibilities as outlined below:


  • Maintains and updates the waiting list, conducts background checks, review applications for the Housing Choice Program eligibility.
  • Certifies program eligibility and conducts annual re-certifications for continued eligibility.
  • Inspects and certifies that the unit meets Housing Quality Standards and approves units for leasing and contracts.
  • Determines amounts and pays Housing Assistance Payments to the landlord on behalf of the family.
  • Monitors program performance and compliance of participants and owners.


  • Screens tenants & Selects family to lease the unit
  • Performs all management and rental functions & Performs all ordinary maintenance
  • Complies with the Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract
  • Complies with the lease and assisted lease addendum requirements


  • Finds a suitable unit
  • Provides income and family information needed to verify and certify continued program eligibility
  • Allows IHA to inspect unit
  • Adheres to lease requirements & Abides by all family obligations under the Housing Choice program


Legislation contained in the Civil Rights Act of 1998, Title VIII, as amended, is commonly referred to as the Fair Housing Act. This law established a national policy of providing fair housing throughout the United States. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of:

  • Race or Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Family Status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women and people securing custody of children under the age of 18)
  • Handicap

Fair housing is a right afforded to all persons seeking housing, whether they are Housing Choice Voucher Program participants or private market renters. It is your obligation as an owner to comply with the law that guarantees this right.