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  1. The main reason persons on waiting lists lose their long awaited positions is when their turn comes, they can't be found. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure the housing authority or affordable apartment community they have applied to has their most...

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  2. Yes. These criteria are referred to by HUD and Public Housing Authorities as preferences.
    There are many preferences that are permitted and employed in both Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher waiting list management.
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  3. You may apply to anywhere in the country, regardless of where you currently live. 

    After applying to an open waiting list, you must live within the jurisdiction of the housing authority or in the apartment community providing assistance...

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  4. First, each housing authority and apartment community operates differently, and each office requires a different time frame to process applications. 

    Generally, it takes offices a couple of weeks to a couple of months to process pre-applications....

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  5. We are not affiliated with any housing authority or apartment community, and are unable to check your status on any waiting list.

    Contact the housing authority or apartment community you applied through to find out its policy on how to find...

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  6. No, being placed on a waiting list simply means you will be considered for eligibility to receive rental assistance.

    Many housing offices do some eligibility screening before placing applicants on the waiting list, but will then require a final...

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  7. If you applied to an affordable housing program such as a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit property, those programs may have an application fee, so contact the housing office you applied through for more information. You...

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  8. Depending on the housing office, you may be required to mail, email, fax, drop off, or submit the application online.
    If there is no information provided on how to submit the application, contact the housing office. 
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  9. Yes, there are likely other programs available other than Section 8 and Public Housing. Housing authorities often provide additional housing programs. You can also search our website for your area of interest, and scroll down to the list of affordable housing...

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  10.  You apply to be put on an open waiting list through a housing authority or apartment community. You may apply anywhere in the country, regardless of your location. However, if you apply to a waiting list in an area where you are not currently a...

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  11. It is a bit complicated to explain how long the process takes, especially since the process is different at each office. Once your application has been submitted, it generally takes between a couple of weeks and a couple of months for offices to process applications....

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  12. HUD has defined exactly what forms of income are to be included and...

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  13. You can apply apply anywhere in the country, and there is no limit on how many waiting lists you can apply to. However, duplicate applications for the same waiting list will likely be terminated. 

    It is important to keep a record of all...

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  14. Once you are on a waiting list, your wait time varies greatly depending on the office you applied through. Because of the high demand of affordable housing, and comparatively low supply, it is not rare to be on a waiting list for several years. Generally,...

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  15. A waiting list with preferences means that applicants who qualify for the identified preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Applicants who do not qualify for the preferences will have a longer wait to receive assistance than...

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  16. The most important qualifier is income. Generally, the household must make less than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) of that area to qualify. For families with minors, income from persons under 18 is not included, but they are counted as a household member...

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  17. Any housing office that provides a HUD program is legally required to explain to you why you did not qualify. Due to the high demand of affordable housing, and comparatively low supply, it is possible that you did qualify, but were not among the applicants...

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  18. We are not affiliated with any housing authority or apartment community, and are unable to send applications to our users.
    To receive affordable housing assistance, you apply to be put onto an open waiting list through a local housing...

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  19. Because of the high demand of affordable housing, and comparatively low supply, it is not rare to be on a waiting list for several years. For example, in some areas, 20,000+ people may apply through an office that is only placing 1,000 of those applicants on the...

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  21. Generally, when your name reaches the top of a waiting list, you are required to visit the housing office for an in-person interview. Sometimes, just the head of household is required to attend, but depending on the office, but the entire household may be required...

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  22. Yes, homeless persons, and persons living in a shelter may apply. The most important qualifier is income. Generally, you must make less than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) of that area to qualify. The qualifying income limit varies for each area, and raises...

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  23. Each housing authority operates differently, so we cannot give you a definite answer.

    Some housing offices require you to submit the original document (such as a birth certificate or Social Security Card), but others require copies to be submitted....

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  24. It is likely that you do qualify as a part-time employee. The most important qualifier is income. Generally, you must make less than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) of that area to qualify. Keep in mind that there are other significant qualifiers such...

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  25. Even if you are expecting an income change in the future, you must report the total gross income you are currently receiving. 

    If placed onto a waiting list, you must report any changes to your pre-application, such as contact and income...

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  26. Your credit score will not have an affect on your eligibility to receive Section 8 or Public Housing assistance. However, once you receive a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, prospective landlords will likely require a credit score as part of your background...

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  27. Yes. Simply put, the most important qualifier is income. Generally, applicants must make less than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for that area to qualify. Having no income at all falls under that category. 
    Also, there...

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  28. Yes, there has been a concerted effort over the last few years to assist veterans in need of housing assistance. 

    Many housing authorities offer preferences for applicants, which would place their name higher up on the waiting list than those...

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  29. The Section 202 program is a HUD rental assistance program specifically for elderly households. 

    You may search our website for your area of interest, and scroll...

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  30. Generally, applicants must be at least 18 years old to submit an application. 

    When declaring household members on an application, you must include all members of the household, including minors who are younger than 18 years old. ...

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  31. If the waiting list is closed in a desired area, you cannot apply until it reopens. However, you can apply anywhere in the country.

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  32. Yes, it is advantageous to apply to other waiting lists, in the case that you are fortunate enough that you get accepted to a waiting list shorter than the ones you are on.
    You may apply to anywhere in the country, regardless of...

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  33. That depends on if your income still qualifies for the income limit. If it is still under the limit, then yes, you are still eligible.  Applicants are required to keep application information up to date, and if there are any changes, such as income or...

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  34. Yes, you can apply to any affordable housing program, even if you are currently receiving rental assistance by another program.
    Once your name reaches the top of the waiting list, you must make a decision on whether to accept the new...

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  35. Generally, the more rural areas of the country have shorter waiting lists, while large metropolitan areas have long waiting lists due to many more people in need of housing assistance in proportion to resources available. 

    If you don't...

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  36. Having an eviction on your record may make it difficult to qualify for housing. Generally, it depends on the reason the household was evicted. Contact the office you are interested in applying through for more information.
    If you owe money...

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  37. Usually, housing offices won't require an in-person interview until your name reaches the top of the waiting list. However, some offices may require an interview immediately upon submitting your application, or schedule an interview at a later date.

    Housing...

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  38. There currently is no nationwide waiting list for any United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) affordable housing program.

    Housing assistance is administered on the local level, generally on a county or city-wide...

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  39. When a waiting list is open indefinitely it means that the waiting list does not have a scheduled closing date, and will remain open until further notice. It also means that the wait time is likely two years or less, since most housing authorities close their waiting...

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  40. You will not lose your spot on the Section 8 waiting list due to a debt, unless that debt is to a housing authority. Housing authorities don't usually require a credit check (though they do require a criminal background check) for the Housing Choice Voucher program....

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  41. You're right. The need for affordable housing is overwhelming. The need is so large, that Federal affordable funding programs for affordable housing fall well short of being capable of helping everyone.

    When it comes to Section 8 waiting lists, they are usually...

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  42. In some cases, yes, there are many programs nationwide that specifically help persons who are homeless, or live in a shelter. But each housing authority and apartment community is run differently, and such assistance may be available in some areas, but not...

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  43. Having a criminal record may make it difficult for a person to receive housing, but it does not automatically disqualify them. 

    Generally, offices are more lenient to persons with an arrest record, but persons with a conviction may find greater...

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  44. Sometimes yes, and sometimes no. For the most part, most programs do not require active employment or even the housing assistance recipient to be actively pursuing employment opportunities. There are many different housing assistance programs in the U.S. Each...

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  45. Once you have made this realization, immediately contact the housing authority or apartment community you applied through to find out its policy on updating application information.

    An error on your application may disqualify you from...

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  46. If the waiting list is closed in the area you want to apply in, you cannot apply at that time, but there may be other programs available other than Section 8 HCV and Public Housing. Housing authorities often provide additional housing programs. You can also...

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  48. Because of the high demand of affordable housing, and comparatively low supply, even qualified applicants are not guaranteed to be placed on a waiting list. To have the greatest chance of being placed on a waiting list, your best option is to apply to as many open...

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  49. In most cases, we have found that waiting lists with the "employed," "working" or "working family" preference (which are all the same preference, but worded differently), allow elderly or disabled applicants who cannot work to qualify for that preference.

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  50. Generally, no. Once you are on a waiting list, you do not need to re-apply. Not only that, but, re-applying to a waiting list that you are already on may have negative consequences. A housing office may terminate an application if it receives a multiple...

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  51. No. Finding a unit before receiving your voucher does not have any influence on when you receive your voucher. Once being placed on the waiting list, you must wait until your name reaches the top.

    It is also not recommended to search for a...

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  52. Different programs have different ways they handle this. Usually, transportation expenses may not be deducted when calculating the tenant rent payment. In some programs (like Section 8), child care expenses and medical expenses can be deducted to a certain extent....

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  53. No, the two of you would not be able to split your application in two and each receive a rental authority.
    In the event that a family breaks up, the housing authority has discretion to determine which members of the family would continue...

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  54. Drug-related criminal charges on one's record is a major issue that can affect your eligibility for housing assistance. Since HUD has given significant latitude to housing authorities to determine for themselves how to treat drug related charges, a housing authority...

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  55. As this is a government-assisted program, the Social Security Number of you and all members of the household will be required to apply. 

    Anyone who transmits personal information over the Internet does run a certain amount of risk when submitting...

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  56. In an opinion piece written on the eve of the 2016 Presidential election, we wrote that if elected, Donald...

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  57. If you are currently on a waiting list, you generally may not transfer your name to another waiting list. You must apply to another waiting list as a new applicant.

    Some housing offices may allow applicants to switch programs for certain circumstances,...

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  58. Generally, no.

    In most cases, a household may qualify for a preference only if the head of household, co-head or spouse qualifies. Minors who qualify would not usually grant that household the preference on the waiting list. Still, each...

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  59. First, check your email spam box to see if the email receipt was not erroneously put there. Also, make sure that the housing office stated that it sends receipts to your email address. Not all housing authorities provide this service.
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  60. Being that the letter was unprofessional, and apparently rude in nature, it is unlikely that this letter was sent by the housing office you applied through.

    If you receive anything that is supposedly from the office you applied through, and...

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  62. No, if your name reaches the top of the waiting list while still under contract of your current lease, you will not lose your rental assistance. 
    However, if you are scheduled to move into your affordable unit before your...

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