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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 Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List is currently closed.  No new applications are being accepted at this time. Applicants who are already on the waiting list may access a waiting list inquiry form to confirm their status. This form should also be used to inform the office of every change in address regardless of time frame. The form may be mailed to the office or submitted in person during regular business hours. Please be advised that this form may only be submitted once every six months for status inquiries. In the event the waiting list becomes open to new applicants, it will be advertised on this website and in local newspapers.

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 2014 Family Self Sufficiency Breakfast along with our participation in the association's internship program are featured.

FSS Breakfast Event

Certificate Presentation

On Saturday, April 2, 2016 the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Passaic County Public Housing Agency hosted the third 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 to reach economic self-sufficiency. The program also provides the opportunity to accrue monies which are paid to the participant upon successful completion of the program.

The breakfast honored eleven recent graduates from the program. Several past graduates spoke about their personal journey with the program. The keynote speaker this year was the Honorable Bernice Toledo, Passaic County Surrogate.  Freeholders Bruce James and Cassandra "Sandi" Lazzara were also in attendance.  All of the graduates received certificates from both the Surrogate and the Board of Chosen Freeholders in acknowledgement of their graduation from the program.

Representatives from New Hope Community Ministries of Prospect Park and Rutgers Extension were present to speak about their services.  Mary Jean Barnes, Executive Director of Dress for Success, provided suits to clients in need of clothing for job interviews.  

Participants from the program offered massages, a fitness exercise routine, and a picture booth during the morning.  Numerous local merchants provided gift cards for a raffle drawing.

“The Family Self Sufficiency Program has grown in the last several years to include more services and workshops to its participants,” said Passaic County Freeholder Director Theodore "T.J." Best.

Freeholder Bruce James added, “The testimonies of the residents are evidence of the success that these families achieve through both their diligence and the guidance of the Housing Agency's program." 


Passaic County Public Housing Agency Director Janice DeJohn stated, “The Family Self Sufficiency Program could not be successful without the support of the Freeholder Board, the Partners that provide services, and the work of my staff.  I would also like to extend many thanks to the attendees who brought household items which will be distributed to a local veteran family.  It is a tradition of the breakfast to not only focus on improving yourself, but also to remember it is important to lend a helping hand to neighbors in your community.”


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.

Nature Walk

20160705_140058 Cropped.jpgCamp Hope is a 62 acre wooded retreat in West Milford which provides much enjoyment throughout the year for county residents.  On July 5, 2016 our children visited the facility and participated in recreational activities, arts and crafts projects, nature hikes and swimming.    Campers were also able to enjoy the newly installed water park and basketball court.  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 Theodore "T.J." Best.

Nature Walk 2

The Housing Agency has been hosting this trip for 5 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

$$$ Scholarship Winners Announced $$$

Scholarship WinnerNJNAHRO has announced its 2016 scholarship recipients.  We are proud to say that Omar Muhajer and Appolonia Ezeanii, both Passaic County residents, were among the winners. 

Omar kept up a 3.2 GPA while participating in band, French Club, and soccer.  He was also in French Honors and U.S. History Honors, and was named "Student of the Marking Period."  He has been active in the Circassian Benevolent Association assisting with family affairs and children's events, and has a special interest in world cultures.  He plans on pursuing his dream of becoming a dentist at Montclair State University.
Omar will receive a $4,000.00 scholarship for the next 4 years.

Appolonia is currently enrolled in the Agency's Family Self Sufficiency Program.  She is attending William Paterson University full time with an anticipated graduation date of May 2018.  Appolonia is focused on graduation with a degree in Criminology and a minor in Health Studies.  As a single mother, she plans on becoming self-sufficient and providing stability for her son.  Her goal is to work with victims of domestic violence and to create awareness of its existence in the community.  Appolonia will receive $1,000.00 to assist her with college expenses.

Scholarship Winner

Both of the scholarship recipients were honored at the June 28, 2016 Freeholder Meeting, where they were presented with Certificates from the Board of Chosen Freeholders. 

Scholarship Presentation