Affordable Housing Online is monitoring the federal government's response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. As of March 13, 2020, Public Housing Agencies across the nation are closing their doors to the public. Most offices are still running and will communicate by phone, email, or mail. Some offices have drop boxes installed outside, so documents can still be hand-delivered. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response. To find your local PHA's contact info, browse by state here.

An extensive list of coronavirus resources for low-income households can be found here.

How Do I Find an Project-Based Section 8 Apartment?

You apply for a Project-Based Section 8 apartment through the apartment community itself. Applicants may apply anywhere in the country, regardless of where they currently live. If the community does not have any available units, you will likely be placed on a waiting list. Most towns and cities have many Project-Based Section 8 apartment communities, all of which are operated independently. If one property you contact does not have any available units, that does not mean that another nearby does not. Make sure you contact each property in an area to check availability.

Use the search bar at the top of any Affordable Housing Online’s page to search for your city, county, or state. Look at the communities shown with the “Project Based Section 8” program tag in the gray box, and click the “Learn More” button.