Frequently Asked Waiting Lists Questions

Why is the wait so long?

Because of the high demand of affordable housing, and comparatively low supply, it is not rare to be on a waiting list for several years. For example,... Read More

Since Section 8 vouchers are so difficult to get, is there a place to find other housing programs that set rent based on your income?

Yes, there are likely other programs available other than Section 8 and Public Housing. Housing authorities often provide additional housing prog... Read More

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?

Any housing office that provides a HUD program is legally required to explain to you why you did not qualify. Due to the high demand of affordable hou... Read More

Who qualifies for affordable housing assistance?

The most important qualifier is income. For most housing programs, the general qualification requires that the household makes less than 50% of the... Read More

Is there any way I can receive priority placement on a waiting list?

Yes. These criteria are referred to by HUD and Public Housing Authorities as preferences.There are many preferences tha... Read More

Can I apply to multiple waiting lists?

Yes, you can apply to multiple waiting lists.You can apply apply anywhere in the country, and there is no limit on how many waiting lists or... Read More

Do I have to update my application information if there is a change?

Yes, it is the applicant's responsibility to make sure the housing authority or apartment community they applied to has the household's mos... Read More

How do I submit the application after I have filled it out?

Depending on the housing office you apply to, you may be required to submit the application online, by mail, email, fax, or drop it off at the offi... Read More

How long after submitting my application will I know about my status on the waiting list?

After submitting your application, there are a number of factors that determine when you will know about your status on the waiting list. Each hous... Read More

What does it mean if a waiting list has preferences?

If a waiting list has preferences, it means that priority placement is given to applicants who qualify for a specific preference category (such as ... Read More

What Happens After Applying?

Step 1: Wait for the housing office to process applications.Once your application has been submitted, it generally takes be... Read More

What is my status on the waiting list?

The best way to check your status on a waiting list is to contact the housing authority or apartment community you applied to. The method of how to... Read More

After applying, how long will my wait be?

Because of the high demand of affordable housing, and comparatively low supply, it is not rare to be on a waiting list for several years.Gen... Read More

The need for affordable housing is a serious concern to many. Why are "lotteries" used to decide who gets help?

You're right. The need for affordable housing is overwhelming. The need is so large, that Federal affordable funding programs for affordable housing f... Read More

If your name comes up on a waiting list, but you still owe money to a landlord, do you lose your spot?

You will not lose your spot on the Section 8 waiting list due to a debt, unless that debt is to a housing authority. Housing authorities don't usually... Read More

The Section 8 and/or Public Housing waiting lists in my area are closed. Are there other affordable housing programs?

If the waiting list is closed in the area you want to apply in, you cannot apply at that time, but there may be other programs available other th... Read More

My income will be lower after I move. Would I apply using my current income, or the income I will receive after moving?

Even if you are expecting an income change in the future, you must report the total gross income you are currently receiving. If p... Read More

What should my credit score be in order to receive housing?

Your credit score will not have an affect on your eligibility to receive Section 8 or Public Housing assistance. However, once you receive a Sect... Read More

If you currently have no income whatsoever, will places accept your application?

Yes. Simply put, the most important qualifier is income. Generally, applicants must make less than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for that a... Read More

If your income increases, are you still eligible for affordable housing?

That depends on if your income still qualifies for the income limit. If it is still under the limit, then yes, you are still eligible. Applica... Read More

Will slow rent payments or an eviction keep me from getting accepted?

Having an eviction on your record may make it difficult to qualify for housing. Generally, it depends on the reason the household was evicted. Co... Read More

If I apply to a waiting list in another state, will they require that I come in for an interview before receiving rental assistance?

Usually, housing offices won't require an in-person interview until your name reaches the top of the waiting list. However, some offices may require a... Read More

What does it mean when a waiting list is open indefinitely?

When a waiting list is open indefinitely it means that the waiting list does not have a scheduled closing date, and will remain open until further not... Read More

When applying, can I submit a copy of a document instead of the original?

Each housing authority operates differently, so we cannot give you a definite answer.Some housing offices require you to submit th... Read More

Is there any way I can apply to a closed waiting list?

No, you may not apply to a closed waiting list, under any circumstances.These are not emergency housing programs, so even an emergency housi... Read More

I accidentally made an error when filling out my application. How can I fix this?

Once you have made this realization, immediately contact the housing authority or apartment community you applied to, and ask how to update your in... Read More

I reached the top of the waiting list, and was told to come in for an interview. I can't travel there, but need the assistance. What can I do?

When your name reaches the top of a waiting list, you are required to visit the housing office for an in-person interview. Sometimes, just the head... Read More

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

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... Read More

I've already applied, but I'm still waiting. Should I apply to other waiting lists?

Yes, it is advantageous to apply to other waiting lists to maximize your chances of receiving assistance as soon as possible.When applying t... Read More

How do I find shorter waiting lists?

Generally, large metropolitan areas have long waiting lists, while lower populated areas have shorter waiting lists.If you don't mind mo... Read More

If I do not get placed on a waiting list, will the housing agency return the copies of personal documents I sent?

If you do not get placed on at waiting list, it depends on the housing agency's policy if the copies of your personal documents (such as your p... Read More

I just applied to a waiting list, now what do I do?

Now, you wait until confirming if you have been placed on the waiting list.It is a bit complicated to explain how long the application appro... Read More

Will child and transportation expenses be deducted when calculating our contribution to rent?

Different programs have different ways they handle this. Usually, transportation expenses may not be deducted when calculating the tenant rent payment... Read More

Within a week after applying, I got a nasty and unprofessional response that I was not placed on the waiting list. Could it have been spam?

Being that the letter was unprofessional, and apparently rude in nature, it is unlikely that this letter was sent by the housing office you applied th... Read More

Will I lose my chance at getting rental assistance if my name comes up on the waiting list before my current lease ends?

No, if your name reaches the top of the waiting list while still under contract of your current lease, you will not lose your rental assistance. ... Read More

If I find housing before I get my Section 8 voucher, can I get approved sooner?

No. Finding a unit before receiving your voucher does not have any influence on when you receive your voucher. Once being placed on the waiting list, ... Read More

If my child is disabled, would I qualify for a disability preference?

Generally, no.In most cases, a household may qualify for a preference only if the head of household, co-head or spouse qualifies. ... Read More

Can I be transferred to a different waiting list?

Generally, no, you cannot be transferred to a different waiting list. To be placed on a different waiting list, you must apply as a new applicant.... Read More

I recently separated from my significant other, but we are both on the waiting list together. Can we receive assistance separately?

No, if you are both on the waiting list together, one of you must be taken off of the application.In the event that a family breaks up, the ... Read More

I'm on the waiting list. Do I need to reapply when it opens again?

Usually, no, you do not need to reapply after being placed on a waiting list.Once you are on a waiting list, you do not need to re-apply. No... Read More

Am I still eligible if I submit more than one application?

If you submit more than one application, you may or may not be eligible for assistance, based on the policy of the housing authority or apartment c... Read More

If a waiting list is closed, but I qualify for a preference, can I still apply?

No, if a waiting list is closed, you may not apply at that time, and no circumstances would allow you to apply until it reopens. Preferences are fo... Read More