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.

Are there any affordable houses available, rather than apartments?

Answer

Technically yes, there are houses that are available, but only for participants of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.

The Section 8 HCV program allows you to live in a HUD-approved unit of your choice. The unit can be either a house or apartment. You may not live in any unit you choose, since it must be inspected and approved by the housing authority that manages your voucher.

You can find more information on where you can use a Section 8 Voucher in our guide here.

More FAQs from Low Income Households

  • How do I file a complaint to HUD about being mistreated by a managing housing office?
  • How many bedrooms am I eligible for?
  • How much would my rent be?
  • Can I be evicted if my HUD apartment is sold?
  • Can I smoke in my apartment?