About BHA


The BHA Mission

To create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for individuals and families while promoting self sufficiency. We seek to provide housing opportunities, bolster the economy and protect consumers. We are committed to meeting the needs of our citizens and utilizing housing as a platform for improving their quality of life. Our effort shall encourage empowerment, enrich lives and energize the community of Bristol, Rhode Island.

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Local Economic Impact – FY 2014 (Information provided from BHA 2014 Annual Report)

Town of Bristol (PILOT) $57,163

Payroll & Benefits $578,243

Maintenance Supplies & Contracts $162,043

Utilities (water, sewer and electric) $350,534

Housing Assistance Payments (HCV/Sec 8) $1,274,754 (including portables)

From the Executive Director  —M. Candace Pansa, Executive Director     

The past few years have brought challenging obstacles for the Bristol Housing Authority, —aging buildings (40+ years old), snow storms, power outages, and tropical storms just to name a few. The staff and commissioners here at the Bristol Housing Authority have worked together to be sure that all of our residents are safe and well cared for. As an independent living facility, we strive to provide housing, that is well beyond the HUD mandate of “decent, safe and affordable”. We provide a secure and compassionate atmosphere for all of our Benjamin Church Manor residents.

In spite of budget cuts, we have replaced the electrical wiring in 153 units which are housed in nine buildings. In 2015 we will be replacing our fire alarms system with a state of the art wireless fire alarms system to meet local and state codes. This project will cost between $350,000 and $400,000.

We not only provide housing assistance to extremely-low and very-low income families, but we also support the residents and businesses in the community financially. During fiscal year 2014, the Bristol Housing Authority funded $1,274,754 in rental assistance payments through the Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 Program to landlords in Bristol and surrounding communities.

We may face challenges as 2015 approaches, but the Bristol Housing Authority staff and commissioners are a team; and we are up to the challenge. We extend a thank you to the Town Council and Town Administrator. We are confident that Bristol Housing Authority is a source of pride in the community.


“Everyone needs a place to call home.” Candace Pansa, Executive Director, quoted in an article published by the Bristol Phoenix announcing the opening of the HCV/Section 8  Waiting List in April, 2014.