What can I do if there's no waiting list open near me?


Check if there is an open waiting list administered by a Public Housing Agency that serves an area close by or serves an area in which you would want to live.

If there is, apply for that particular waiting list. Be aware, with most low-income program waiting lists, you must rent an apartment or house in the area served by the agency running the program. Only with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher can you move to another area and that is usually after living for the first year in the agency’s jurisdiction, before you moving and using your Housing Choice Voucher somewhere else.

Find up-to-date openings of waiting lists here.

More Waiting Lists FAQs from Low Income Households

  • Do I have to update my application information if there is a change?
  • What has to be included in my household income?
  • Can I apply to multiple waiting lists?
  • Why is the wait so long?
  • How long after submitting my application will I know about my status on the waiting list?