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.

Can I apply on my own, even if I currently live with other people?


Yes, you can apply on your own, even if you currently live with other people.

If you are applying to an affordable housing program on your own, you may apply as a single-person household. Sometimes you will see the word "family" be used, but in regards to housing assistance programs, a "family" can consist of one person.

When writing in the members of the household on your application, do not name the persons you are currently living with. This section is to name persons who will be living in the household while receiving assistance.

More FAQs from Low Income Households

  • The housing office I applied through told me I didn't qualify to receive assistance, and I don't know why. What could have made me ineligible?
  • Who qualifies for affordable housing assistance?
  • What has to be included in my household income?
  • What does an income limit mean?
  • Where can I apply?