Public Housing Waiting Lists

Affordable Housing Online is continuously researching Public Housing Authorities across the country. If your state or housing authority's Public Housing Waiting List status is currently unavailable, be sure to check back soon. We update this page every day. Sign Up for our Mailing List below to get alerts when a new Public Housing Waiting List is added!

State Open Waiting Lists
Alabama 204
Alaska 2
Arizona 24
Arkansas 165
California 50
Colorado 43
Connecticut 31
Delaware 7
Florida 82
Georgia 250
Guam 2
Hawaii 0
Idaho 10
Illinois 137
Indiana 46
Iowa 57
Kansas 114
Kentucky 148
Louisiana 141
Maine 27
Maryland 25
Massachusetts 82
Michigan 152
Minnesota 151
Mississippi 67
Missouri 150
Montana 16
Nebraska 86
Nevada 0
New Hampshire 23
New Jersey 61
New Mexico 38
New York 123
North Carolina 147
North Dakota 22
Ohio 70
Oklahoma 149
Oregon 20
Pennsylvania 130
Rhode Island 23
South Carolina 43
South Dakota 22
Tennessee 137
Utah 19
Vermont 14
Virgin Islands 2
Virginia 37
Washington 44
West Virginia 60
Wisconsin 126
Wyoming 11


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About Public Housing

Public housing is the oldest form of Federally assisted housing dating back to Roosevelt's New Deal in the late 1930's. Though the average citizen commonly refers to any government assisted housing as “public housing”, Public Housing is just one Federal housing program among many.

The Public Housing program is managed at the National level by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Federal subsidies provided under the program provide for the development and construction of the housing and the ongoing operations. Any resident in a Public Housing unit has a rent that is determined by their income. The Federal operating subsidy for each property offsets the portion of a resident's rent that is above what they can afford.

Public Housing communities are owned and operated locally by Public Housing Authorities (PHA). There are currently 9,666 Public Housing communities in the United States containing 1,170,246 rental units. These properties are operated by 3,136 different Public Housing Authorities across America.

We're tracking 3,629 waiting lists across the country that are open right now.

Often, Public Housing is oversubscribed and there aren't enough apartments to serve every low income renter in need. In these cases, a PHA will create a public housing waiting list. Interested renters apply to the housing authority that manages the public housing apartment property they are interested in living in. The renters name is placed on a waiting list and when the next rent subsidized public housing unit comes available, the property manager will select the first name on the waiting list.