I was placed on a waiting list, does this mean I'm getting rental assistance?

Answer

No, being placed on a waiting list does not guarantee that you will receive housing assistance. It means that you have passed the basic eligibility requirements to be considered to receive assistance once your name has reached the top of the waiting list.

Many housing offices do some basic eligibility screening before placing applicants on the waiting list, but will then require a final eligibility screening once their name reaches the top of the waiting list. Other offices don't determine eligibility until their name has reached the top of the waiting list. The final qualification process will require an in-person interview. Contact the housing office you apply through to confirm its eligibility policy.

Persons who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing office immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing office to find out how to update application information.

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More Waiting Lists FAQs from Low Income Households

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  • 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?
  • Can I apply to multiple waiting lists?