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How do I check my status on a waiting list?

Answer

To find how to check your status on a waiting list, contact the housing provider for instructions. The method of how to find out your status varies by each office. Some offices do not provide your specific position on the waiting list, but can confirm if you are currently on the waiting list.

If the office cannot state your specific position on the waiting list, the representative may be able to confirm the date they are currently pulling applications from. For example, if you applied in January 2016, and the office is pulling applicants who applied in January 2013, you likely still have a long wait for assistance.

If a housing authority cannot provide information on your current wait time, ask how you can read its Annual Plan. This document, which is updated yearly, may have information about the current number of households on their waiting lists, and the office's annual turnover rate. You can use simple math to estimate the length of the waiting list based on these numbers. For example, if there are 1,000 households on the waiting list, and the annual turnover rate is 200 households, calculate (1,000 ÷ 200), which is 5. It would take that office about five years to serve all households on that waiting list. However, not all housing authorities provide both pieces of information on their Annual Plan, and this document may be hard to get. This document is only managed by HUD housing authorities; this method cannot be used for privately managed waiting lists with no Annual Plan document.

It is important to update the housing authority or apartment community you applied to immediately with any changes to your application (income, household members, contact information, etc...). Not doing so may result in the termination of your application. When checking your waiting list status, it does not hurt to make sure your other information is up to date as well.

If the housing provider uses an online service to manage waiting lists, applicants may be instructed to use that service to modify and check the status of their applications. Verify that any website that asks for personal information is legitimate.

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