Open Section 8 Waiting Lists in Missouri

Find applications for 20 open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Missouri. There are 130 housing authorities with voucher programs serving about 817,032 renter households in Missouri. Among these, 6.2 percent of housing authorities run larger voucher programs serving thousands of renters. Over the last three years, there have been 31 waiting lists open in Missouri.

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Missouri Housing Authorities

ABCD Housing Agency

ABCD Housing Agency serves Missouri.

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Anderson Housing Authority

Anderson Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Aurora Housing Authority

Aurora Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Bernie Housing Authority

Bernie Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Bethany Housing Authority

Bethany Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Boone County Public Housing Agency

Boone County Public Housing Agency serves Missouri.

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Boonville Housing Authority

Boonville Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Bowling Green Housing Authority

Bowling Green Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Branson Housing Authority

Branson Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Brookfield Housing Authority

Brookfield Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Brunswick Housing Authority

Brunswick Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Cabool Housing Authority

Cabool Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Campbell Housing Authority

Campbell Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Cardwell Housing Authority

Cardwell Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Carrollton Housing Authority

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Carrollton Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Carrollton Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Caruthersville Housing Authority

Caruthersville Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Chaffee Housing Authority

Chaffee Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Chillicothe Housing Authority

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Chillicothe Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Chillicothe Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Clarkton Housing Authority

Clarkton Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Clinton Housing Authority

Clinton Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Columbia Housing Authority

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Boone County, Missouri Closed

Columbia Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Community Housing Network

Community Housing Network serves Missouri.

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Dexter Housing Authority

Dexter Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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East Prairie Housing Authority

East Prairie Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Excelsior Springs Housing Authority

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Excelsior Springs Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Excelsior Springs Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Fayette Housing Authority

Fayette Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Festus Housing Authority

Festus Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Fulton Housing Authority

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Fulton Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Fulton Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Glasgow Housing Authority

Glasgow Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Grundy County Public Housing Agency

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Andrew, Buchannan, Caldwell, Clinton, Daviess, Dekalb, Grundy, Harrison, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Putnam, and Sullivan County, Missouri Open Until Further Notice

Grundy County Public Housing Agency is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Hannibal Housing Authority

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Hannibal, Missouri Closed

Hannibal Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Hayti Heights Housing Authority

Hayti Heights Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Higginsville Housing Authority

Higginsville Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Holcomb Housing Authority

Holcomb Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Hornersville Housing Authority

Hornersville Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of Kansas City Missouri

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Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority of Kansas City Missouri is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of Southwest City

Housing Authority of Southwest City serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of St Louis County

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St Louis City and County, Missouri Closed

Housing Authority of St Louis County is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Alton

Housing Authority of the City of Alton serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of the City of Ava

Housing Authority of the City of Ava serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of the City of Bloomfield

Housing Authority of the City of Bloomfield serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of the City of Cameron

Housing Authority of the City of Cameron serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of the City of Charleston

Housing Authority of the City of Charleston serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of the City of Gideon

Housing Authority of the City of Gideon serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of the City of Hayti

Housing Authority of the City of Hayti serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of the City of Hillsdale

Housing Authority of the City of Hillsdale serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of the City of Houston

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Housing Authority of the City of Houston Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority of the City of Houston is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of the City of Independence

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Independence, Missouri Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Independence is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Jefferson

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Housing Authority of the City of Jefferson Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority of the City of Jefferson is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of the City of Joplin MO

Housing Authority of the City of Joplin MO serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of the City of Kirkwood

Housing Authority of the City of Kirkwood serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of the City of Memphis

Housing Authority of the City of Memphis serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of the City of Moberly

Housing Authority of the City of Moberly serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of the City of Morehouse

Housing Authority of the City of Morehouse serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of the City of Norwood

Housing Authority of the City of Norwood serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of the City of Olivette

Housing Authority of the City of Olivette serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of the City of Oran

Housing Authority of the City of Oran serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of the City of Pagedale

Housing Authority of the City of Pagedale serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of the City of Poplar Bluff

Housing Authority of the City of Poplar Bluff serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of the City of Portageville

Housing Authority of the City of Portageville serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of the City of Sainte Genevieve

Housing Authority of the City of Sainte Genevieve serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of the City of Sikeston

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Sikeston, Missouri Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority of the City of Sikeston is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of the City of Springfield

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Housing Authority of the City of Springfield Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority of the City of Springfield is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of the City of Steele

Housing Authority of the City of Steele serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of the City of Wardell

Housing Authority of the City of Wardell serves Missouri.

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Housing Authority of the City of West Plains

Housing Authority of the City of West Plains serves Missouri.

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Howell County Public Housing Agency

Howell County Public Housing Agency serves Missouri.

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Illmo Housing Authority

Illmo Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Jasper County Public Housing Agency

Jasper County Public Housing Agency serves Missouri.

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Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation

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Franklin and Jefferson County, Missouri Closed

Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Kennett Housing Authority

Kennett Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Kirksville Housing Authority

Kirksville Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Lafayette County Housing Authority

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Carroll, Chariton, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Ray, Saline Counties, Missouri Closed

Lafayette County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Lanagan Housing Authority

Lanagan Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Lancaster Housing Authority

Lancaster Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Lawson Housing Authority

Lawson Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Lebanon Housing Authority

Lebanon Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Lees Summit Housing Authority

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Lees Summit Housing Authority Closed

Lees Summit Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Lexington Housing Authority

Lexington Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Liberty Housing Authority

Liberty Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Lincoln County Public Housing Agency

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Multi-County, Missouri Closed

Lincoln County Public Housing Agency is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Macon Housing Authority

Macon Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Malden Housing Authority

Malden Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Mansfield Housing Authority

Mansfield Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Marceline Housing Authority

Marceline Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Marionville Housing Authority

Marionville Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Marshall Housing Authority

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Marshall Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Marshall Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Maryville Housing Authority

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Maryville Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Maryville Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Mexico Housing Authority

Mexico Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Mound City Housing Authority

Mound City Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Mountain Grove Housing Authority

Mountain Grove Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Neosho Housing Authority

Neosho Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Nevada Housing Authority

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Nevada Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Nevada Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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New Madrid Housing Authority

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New Madrid, Missouri Open Until Further Notice

New Madrid Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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New Madrid Housing Authority

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New Madrid, Missouri Open Until Further Notice

New Madrid Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Nodaway County Housing Authority

Nodaway County Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Noel Housing Authority

Noel Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Osceola Housing Authority

Osceola Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation

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Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation Open Until Further Notice

Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Phelps County Public Housing Agency

Phelps County Public Housing Agency serves Missouri.

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Pineville Housing Authority

Pineville Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Plattsburg Housing Authority

Plattsburg Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Potosi Housing Authority

Potosi Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Princeton Housing Authority

Princeton Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Pulaski County Public Housing Authority

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Pulaski County Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Pulaski County Public Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Ray County Housing Authority

Ray County Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Republic Housing Authority

Republic Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Richland Housing Authority

Richland Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Richmond Housing Authority

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Richmond Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Richmond Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Ripley County Public Housing Agency

Ripley County Public Housing Agency serves Missouri.

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Rolla Housing Authority

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Rolla Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Rolla Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Salem Housing Authority

Salem Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Scotland County Public Hsg Agency

Scotland County Public Hsg Agency serves Missouri.

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Sedalia Housing Authority

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Johnson and Pettis County, Missouri Closed

Sedalia Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Senath Housing Authority

Senath Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Slater Housing Authority

Slater Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Smithville Housing Authority

Smithville Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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St Charles County Housing Assistance Program

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St Charles County, Missouri Closed

St Charles County Housing Assistance Program is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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St Louis Housing Authority

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St. Louis, Missouri Closed

St Louis Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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St. Charles Housing Authority

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St. Charles County, Missouri Closed

St. Charles Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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St. Clair County Housing Authority

St. Clair County Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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St. Francois County Public Housing Agency

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Multi-County, Missouri Closed

St. Francois County Public Housing Agency is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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St. Joseph Housing Authority

St. Joseph Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Tarkio Housing Authority

Tarkio Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Thayer Housing Authority

Thayer Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Vandalia Housing Authority

Vandalia Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Warrensburg Housing Authority

Warrensburg Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Webb City Housing Authority

Webb City Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Wellston Housing Authority

Wellston Housing Authority serves Missouri.

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Weston Housing Authority

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Platte County, Missouri Open Until Further Notice

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Are Section 8 Waiting Lists Open in Missouri?

As of February 23, 2024, AHO is tracking 0 waiting lists open right now that are scheduled to close in the near future. Additionally, AHO is monitoring 20 waiting lists that are open until further notice.

AHO encourages you to first apply to the waiting lists that are scheduled to close, as most housing choice voucher programs do not have a set schedule for when they will reopen their waiting lists.

AHO still encourages you to apply to continuously open waiting lists as soon as possible. These waiting lists may close without sufficient notice.

In total, there are 20 waiting lists you can apply to right now and 0 waiting lists you can apply to soon.

How many HCV waiting lists were open in Missouri in the last few years?

During the last three years, there were 31 HCV waiting lists open for at least a day in Missouri.

How long were HCV waiting lists kept open in Missouri in the last few years?

Section 8 HCV waiting lists in Missouri were kept open an average of 1,020 days over the last three years.

Many waiting lists were kept open only a short time. In the last three years, 3.2% were open seven days or less and 3.2% were open for only one day (or a few hours) . This means that it is important for low-income renters to apply right away when they find an open waiting list.

How hard is it to get a voucher if I don't currently live in the area the housing authority serves?

Renters can apply to any open HCV waiting list in the country. The program is supposed to promote mobility so that renters can move to places with more opportunity.

Some housing authorities have a preference for local residents in their waiting list placement. If you live outside the area you can get on the waiting list, but you will likely wait a long time before a voucher is offered, if at all.

Over the last three years, 16.1% of waiting lists in Missouri that opened had a preference for local residents.

To what extent do housing authorities in Missouri increase access with online applications?

Online applications make it easier for low-income renters to apply for open waiting lists, especially when applying to different communities or when waiting lists are only kept open a short time.

Online applications were used for 12.9% of waiting list applications in in Missouri over the last three years.

How fair is waiting list placement in Missouri?

Random lotteries were used by 0% of housing authorities in Missouri to place applicants on their waiting lists over the last three years.

Applicants placed at the bottom of a waiting list may wait up to two or three years before being offered a voucher. Placing applicants on a waiting list using a random lottery gives everyone a fair chance to be near the top of the list.

Many housing authorities place applicants according to the date and time of their submission. Applicants who apply later will have a long wait for assistance, which is especially unfair in cases where waiting lists are kept open just few days or less.

How long do households spend on an HCV waiting list in Missouri before receiving a voucher?

Households spend an average of 26 months on a waiting list before receiving a voucher in Missouri.

Who is served by HCV programs offered through housing authorities in Missouri?

HCV households served by housing authorities in Missouri include:

  • 27% headed by seniors
  • 24% with a person with a disability
  • 42% with children
  • 25% where the majority of household income comes from wages earned

What is the income level of households served by HCV programs offered through housing authorities in Missouri?

According to HUD, in general, in order to receive a voucher, a household's income may not exceed 50% of the median income (50% AMI) for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live. By law, a housing authority must provide 75% of its voucher to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30% of the area median income (30% AMI).

A 50% AMI household is considered very low-income (VLI) and a 30% AMI household is considered extremely low-income (ELI). ELI households are a subset of the VLI households served by a housing authority.

In the voucher programs of housing authorities in Missouri, VLI households make up 95% of voucher-holding households.

ELI households make up 77% of voucher-holding households.

Is there an application fee for Section 8 waiting lists?

It is against HUD policy for an agency to charge for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher application. If anyone is charging a fee for an application, they are either violating federal law, or a scammer with an empty promise. Do not pay for an application.

Why are there Section 8 waiting lists?

Like most low income housing programs, renters are placed on a waiting list to get a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher because there is a very high demand for vouchers, and a limited supply.

Waiting lists for a Section 8 voucher also tend to be longer than those for other housing programs because renters can live in an apartment or house of their choice. Most of the other rental housing programs require the household to live in a pre-determined apartment.

How does a Section 8 waiting list work?

Renters must first submit an application to a housing authority with an open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waiting list. If a waiting list is not currently open, applications cannot be submitted.

After applying, the housing authority will create a list of qualified applicants that is sorted by random lottery, or the date and time applications were received. Many of these waiting lists have limited spots, so some applicants may not be selected for the waiting list, even if they are qualified.

If the household is selected for the waiting list, the housing authority will send confirmation. Be aware that some waiting lists have preferences (such as elderly or local applicants), and qualified households are given priority placement over others.

After getting placed on a waiting list, prepare to wait for some time. Because of the high demand of the HCV program, waiting lists may be many months or years long.

Once the household reaches the top of the waiting list, an eligibility interview will be held to make sure that everyone is qualified. If the household does not meet the qualifications, they can continue applying to other open waiting lists for a chance to get a voucher.

Who can apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

To apply for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, the head of the household must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen or an eligible immigrant. If the head of household cannot submit an application, another person can submit one on their behalf.

There are many qualifications to get a Section 8 voucher, including income, housing, and criminal history. But those requirements do not prevent a person from applying for an open waiting list.

What is needed to apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

To apply for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, renters must usually provide their first and last name, date of birth, Social Security Number or Alien ID, and the total gross income of all household members (with exceptions).

Applications may ask for additional information, including housing history, criminal history, proof of income, and preference verification. Applicants may also be asked for demographic information, like gender, disability status, or race and ethnicity.

When can I apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

Applications for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher can only be submitted when the housing authority opens the program's waiting list.

For many areas, waiting lists are only open for a brief period. And depending on the area, when a waiting list closes, it may not reopen for many months or years. But there are also many housing authorities that keep their waiting lists open indefinitely, which means that there is no scheduled close date. These waiting lists can close at any time, but they sometimes stay open for months or years.

Can I apply for multiple Section 8 waiting lists?

Yes, renters can apply for multiple Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists. There is no limit to how many waiting lists a household may be on.

But, it's usually not allowed to submit multiple applications for the same waiting list. If more than one application is submitted for the same waiting list, the household risks getting disqualified.

What is a Section 8 waiting list lottery?

In many areas, the demand for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers is so great that the managing housing authority cannot add all applicants to its waiting list. To give all applicants an equal chance of being placed on the waiting list, many agencies draw names by random lottery from the entire pool of applicants.

Housing authorities will usually state if they are doing a lottery drawing on the public notice for the waiting list. If there is not a lottery, applicants will be placed on the waiting list by the date and time the application is received.

How long is a waiting list for Section 8 housing?

Once a household is placed on a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, they may wait anywhere between many months or years before being offered a rental assistance voucher.

There is no typical wait time for a voucher. The amount of time spent on a waiting list depends on various factors, including how many preferences are met, and the location of rental assistance. An applicant in one area of the country may wait less than a year, while someone in another area is on a waiting list for five years or more.

How can I get more information about a Section 8 waiting list?

The easiest way to get more information about many Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waiting lists is to visit the housing authority's website. Most housing authorities with a website will have a dedicated Section 8 HCV page with details about the program.

However, not all housing authorities have a website. And some that do may provide a limited amount of information. If this is the case, contact the housing authority for help. The agency can tell you if a waiting list is open, how to apply, and other important application requirements.

Is there any way to get priority placement on a Section 8 waiting list?

Yes, many housing authorities use preferences to give a priority to applicants who are part of groups in the area that are in great need of assistance.

Common preference categories for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists include seniors, persons with disabilities, veterans, homeless persons, and those who live and work locally. Applicants who qualify for preferences will have a shorter wait time than those who don't.

What is Section 8?

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program gives low income rental assistance to individuals and families who need help affording monthly rent. Households with a Section 8 voucher may choose to live in any home that meets the program requirements, including apartments and single-family homes. It is a federal housing program that is run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Renters with a Section 8 voucher usually pay 30% of their income for rent. The rest is paid to the landlord by the managing housing authority.

When looking for housing options, be aware that there are other housing programs that use the name "Section 8," including the Project-Based Voucher (PBV) and Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) programs. However, the name "Section 8" on its own usually refers to the HCV program.

How do I apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

When a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is open, there can be a number of different ways to submit an application. In most cases, Section 8 applications are available online, in person, by mail, or a variety of these options.

Online applications are often submitted through a form on a website. Printable applications may be available on the internet, as well. If an application can be sent by mail, a request for one is usually done by phone, mail or email.

In rare situations, applications may also be submitted by fax, or directly by phone. These outdated methods have been phased out by many housing authorities, but there are still some applications that operate this way.

Where can I apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

Renters can apply to most open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in the country. You do not have to live in the area to apply to most waiting lists, but there are some with restrictions. If the waiting list is restricted, it means that the housing authority is targeting a specific demographic (such as homeless applicants), and documentation or a reference may be required to apply.

However, even if a waiting list is available to the general public, applicants who do not live in the area should check if there are preferences. Preferences give qualified applicants priority placement on the waiting list. And one of the most common preferences is for local residents. This means that non-local applicants may have a very long wait for a voucher, or may not get a voucher at all because of the local demand.