OPEN SOON: New York City Section 8 Voucher Waiting List will open on June 3, 2024 and close on June 9, 2024

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Analysis by Nathan Brunet

Last Updated: May, 20th 2024

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This waiting list is for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental housing assistance in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, New York.

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) will accept Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications from June 3, 2024 at 12:00 am, until June 9, 2024 at 11:59 pm ET. This is the first time the waiting list has been open since it closed in December, 2009. After New York City Mayor Eric Adams made an an announcement in January that this waiting list will open, NYCHA has now given dates for the opening period.

Income Qualification

An applicant must be income eligible at the time of voucher issuance. The income limits for the New York City Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program are as follows:

  • 1 Person $54,350 | 5 Persons $83,850
  • 2 Persons $62,150 | 6 Persons $90,050
  • 3 Persons $69,900 | 7 Person $96,300
  • 4 Persons $77,650 | 8 Persons $102,500

Preferences

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Homeless referrals from New York City (NYC) agencies and New York City Continuum of Care.
    • New York City agencies may include referrals from ACS for FUP Youth voucher holders at risk for homelessness due to the expiration of FUP Youth assistance and families where there is a lack of adequate housing. NYC Referrals may also include ACS for FYI vouchers for foster youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Victim of Domestic Violence
    • Intimidated Witness - referred by prosecutorial or law enforcement agency
  • NYCHA public housing residents required to move because:
    • (a) their unit is not habitable;
    • (b) they are at risk of displacement;
    • (c) they are extremely under occupied or extremely over crowded in their current apartment;
    • or (d) have been on the public housing transfer waitlist for three years or longer as a domestic violence (VDV), dating violence, sexual assault or stalking victim
  • Mobility impaired and residing in inaccessible housing 
  • Elderly persons and persons with disabilities

Selection Process

200,000 selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

Application Method

To apply while the waitlist is open, complete the online application

Please note: If you do not have internet access, The NYCHA offers Customer Contact Walk-In Centers by appointment, locations provide in-person services to address the needs of public housing residents, Section 8 voucher holders and landlords, and applicants. "NYCHA's Customer Contact Center is excited to re-open it’s Walk-In Centers to assist you with your service needs. To learn how you can make an appointment for your visit please click here."

For more information, visit the NYCHA About Section 8 page, or the NYCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the NYC Public Notice Announcement from Mayor Adams on May 20, 2024.

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New York City Section 8 Voucher Application Methods

The application may be completed online at https://apply.section8.nycha.info/.

New York City Section 8 Voucher Applicant Preferences

New York City has preferences for: Elderly, Victims of Domestic Violence, Homeless, Disabled, Current PHA Residents, Elderly with Disabilities, Near-Elderly with Disabilities, Referred by Local Assistance Program, Fostering Youth to Independence Initiative (FYI). Preferences are not required but Section 8 Voucher applicants that meet these criteria will be moved up the waiting list.

New York City Housing Authority

New York City Section 8 Voucher Waiting List is managed by New York City Housing Authority.

New York City Housing Authority provides affordable housing for up to 277,398 low- and moderate-income households through its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and public housing programs.

This housing agency serves Bronx County, Kings County, New York County, Queens County, Richmond County, New York City, New York.

What should I do after applying to the New York City Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

After applying, it's a good practice to keep a record of any application that you submit. This will help you keep track of your application, and is especially useful if you apply to multiple waiting lists. You can do this easily with a document on your computer or mobile device, and also with a notebook or piece of paper.

Make sure to write down your application or confirmation number with the application details. This number will be important to reference in the future. Once you have this information written, keep it stored in a place that's easy to access when you need it.

With this information safely stored, all you have left to do is wait to find out if you've been selected for the waiting list.

When will I know if I've been selected for the New York City Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

Depending on the area, it may take weeks or even months to know if you've been selected for the waiting list. Your wait for an announcement is usually the longest in areas with large populations and a high demand for housing assistance.

Check if the public notice states when the housing authority plans to announce the results, or how long it may take to review applications. Contact the housing authority if this information isn't available.

How do I know if I've been added to the New York City Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

Once all applications are reviewed, the housing authority will either contact everyone who has been placed on the waiting list, or message everyone who applied to check their results.

The housing authority will use the contact information you give in the application to reach you (usually by mail, email, or phone). For this reason, it is very important to put valid contact information on your application. Make sure you keep your contact information up to date, and that you respond quickly if any further action is required.

If you don't get contacted by the housing authority, it might mean that you were not chosen for the waiting list. Sometimes, housing authorities do not contact applicants who were not placed on the waiting list. Check with the housing authority for confirmation.

How can I check my status on the New York City Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

To check your status on the waiting list, you usually have to log into an online portal, call a phone number, or visit the office. Each housing authority has different ways for you to check your status.

Some housing authorities will give your spot on the waiting list, but others might only confirm that you're still on the waiting list. Make sure that you have your application or confirmation number with you when checking your status.

How long will it take to get to the top of the New York City Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

The wait to reach the top of this waiting list will be different for everyone.

This waiting list has at least one preference, so those who qualify will have a shorter wait than those who don't. After sorting preferences, applicants are placed on the waiting list randomly. So, there could be a big difference between your wait time, depending on your spot on the waiting list.

If you are closer to the top of the waiting list, your wait may be just weeks or months long. But if you're closer to the end of the waiting list, it could take years to reach the top.

How do I update my application for the New York City Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

To update your waiting list application, you usually have to log into an online portal, call a phone number, or submit a form to the office. Each housing authority has different ways for you to update your application.

Make sure that you have your application or confirmation number with you when updating your application.

When can I apply for a New York City Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list that is open soon?

You must wait to apply for a waiting list that is open soon until it opens on the date announced by the housing authority. The housing authority will not accept applications until this waiting list opens.

For the New York City Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list, how do I apply online?

To apply online, an electronic form must be submitted to the housing authority on the internet. Many online applications require an account to be created to log in, and also a valid email address.

How is a New York City Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list sorted by random lottery?

A waiting list sorted by random lottery orders applicants who are selected for the waiting list by a random number system. The time you apply does not factor into your waiting list placement.

Who has a Section 8 voucher already?

If you are considering applying for a voucher, you may be interested to know who already has a voucher, and what the households tend to look like. Fortunately, we can provide some helpful statistics using HUD's 2023 Picture of Subsidized Households. The following data describes the economic and demographic characteristics of renters who have a Section or project-based voucher issued by New York City Housing Authority.

How many renters have a Section 8 voucher with New York City Housing Authority?

At the start of 2024, New York City Housing Authority was managing 112,223 Section 8 vouchers. Of the total number of vouchers managed, there were 95,390 households with a voucher. This represents 85% of the total voucher allotment for New York City Housing Authority.

According to HUD, there is a total of 197,249 people living in households with a Section 8 voucher issued by New York City Housing Authority, with the average number of people per household being 2.

How long did current New York City Housing Authority Section 8 households wait for their voucher?

The 95,390 households with a Section 8 voucher at the start of 2024 waited on average 34 months to receive their voucher. Of those voucher-holding households, 9,539 got their voucher in the last year. This represents 10 percent of voucher holders with vouchers issued by New York City Housing Authority.

Are there any New York City Housing Authority Section 8 vouchers not issued to renters?

Though Section 8 voucher programs are over-subscribed across the nation with all programs having a waiting list, each month, each housing agency managing vouchers has vouchers that are not issued to renters. This can result from turnover in the program if someone with a voucher buys a home, sees an increase in their income, passes away, or otherwise discontinues the use of their voucher.

The time it takes to transfer voucher funding from one recipient to another can be many months. Managing the Section 8 waiting list, qualifying new voucher holders, and approving new homes or apartments takes time. In addition, in some areas, there is an extreme housing shortage or landlords may refuse to rent to persons using a Section 8 voucher to pay their rent. This results in longer than usual ramp-up times for new voucher holders.

The New York City Housing Authority Section 8 HCV program that this waiting list covers had 85% of its vouchers utilized by households with 15% unutilized at the start of 2024. This means that 16833 Section 8 vouchers out of a total of 112,223 were in processing at the time HUD reported the data.

How many New York City Housing Authority Section 8 households have children?

Of the 95,390 Section 8 voucher-holding households with the New York City Housing Authority, 31,422 have at least one child. There are 4,489 two-parent households in the New York City Housing Authority voucher program, and 26,934 single-parent households. There were 28,056 households with children with a female head of household.

How much do New York City Housing Authority Section 8 households earn?

The average annual household income for New York City Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher holders is $21,571 The average annual income per person is $10,377 The average voucher holder earns 19% of the local Area Median Income.

New York City Housing Authority voucher household annual income
Annual Income Range ($) Number of Households % of Vouchers
Less than $5,000 4,769 5%
$5,000 - $9,999 8,585 9%
$10,000 - $14,999 33,386 35%
$15,000 - $19,999 12,401 13%
$20,000+ 36,248 38%

What is the source of income for New York City Housing Authority Section 8 households?

Of all voucher holders, 37,034 (33%) receive the majority of their income from wages and/or business. 8,978 (8%) voucher-holding households receive the majority of their income from welfare programs like TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance. 62,845 (56%) voucher-holding households derive the majority of their income from some other source (other than wage or welfare).

How much does a New York City Housing Authority Section 8 voucher pay for tenants?

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program pays 70% of the cost of rent plus utilities for any household receiving the housing assistance.

For the New York City Housing Authority Section 8 program, the federal government is providing, on average, $1,489 per month to each household, for an average annual cost of $17,868. The program as a whole is paying landlords $142,035,710 per month, for an annual economic benefit to landlords of $1,704,428,520

How much does the average New York City Housing Authority Section 8 tenant pay per month in rent?

HUD refers to the portion of rent paid by the Section 8 tenant as the Total Tenant Payment, or Family Expenditure.

For the New York City Housing Authority Section 8 HCV programs, the average family expenditure is $530 per month or $6,360 per year. The combined payment from all tenants in the program is $50,556,700 per month, which is $606,680,400 per year.

What is the average rent of a Section 8 apartment or home in the New York City Housing Authority program?

The average total rent paid to Section 8 landlords is $2,019 per month which includes payment contributed by both tenant households and the federal government. This is a program-wide rent average across all bedroom size rentals.

What is the average utility cost paid by New York City Housing Authority Section 8 renters?

The average cost of utilities for renters in this program is $124 per month. It is important to note this is not the actual cost renters will pay for utilities, but an estimate based on the energy cost estimates of the program.

What size are most New York City Housing Authority Section 8 homes?

Of the 112,223 households with a Section 8 voucher, 34,340 (36%) live in a studio or one-bedroom unit, 35,294 (37%) rent a 2-bedroom rental home and 24,801 (26%) have a 3-bedroom or larger rental. 26% of Housing Choice Voucher recipients are overhoused with more bedrooms than people in the household.

What is the race and ethnicity of New York City Housing Authority Section 8 households?

88% of New York City Housing Authority Section 8 HCV program households have a minority head of household who is Black, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander; or of Hispanic ethnicity.

Racial/ethnic makeup of New York City Housing Authority Section 8 tenants
Race Number of Households % of Households
Asian/Pacific Islander 1,908 2%
Black Non-Hispanic 32,432 34%
Native American/Alaskan 0 0%
White Non-Hispanic 11,447 12%
Black Hispanic 20,986 22%
White Hispanic 25,755 27%
Other Hispanic 2,862 3%

What are the ages of tenant heads of households in the New York City Housing Authority Section 8 HCV program?

Age Range of Head of Household Number of Households % of Households
Under 24 954 1%
25-50/td> 29,571 31%
51-61 22,893 24%
62-84 36,248 38%
85 or Older 5,723 6%