Open Section 8 Waiting Lists in North Carolina

Find applications for 5 open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in North Carolina. There are 128 housing authorities with voucher programs serving about 1,430,799 renter households in North Carolina. Among these, 10.2 percent of housing authorities run larger voucher programs serving thousands of renters. Over the last three years, there have been 36 waiting lists open in North Carolina.

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North Carolina Housing Authorities

Ahoskie Housing Authority

Ahoskie Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Andrews Housing Authority

Andrews Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Asheboro Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Asheboro, North Carolina Closed

Asheboro 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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Ayden Housing Authority

Ayden Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Belmont Housing Authority

Belmont Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Benson Housing Authority

Benson Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Bladen Housing Authority

Bladen Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Bladenboro Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Bladen County, North Carolina Closed

Bladenboro 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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Brevard Housing Authority

Brevard Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Brunswick County Public Housing Agency

Waiting List Status
Brunswick County, North Carolina Closed

Brunswick 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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Burlington Housing Authority

Burlington Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Caswell County Section 8 Housing

Waiting List Status
Caswell County, North Carolina Closed

Caswell County Section 8 Housing 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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Chatham County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Chatham County, North Carolina Closed

Chatham 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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Choanoke Area Development Association of NC Inc.

Waiting List Status
Bertie and Hertford County, North Carolina Closed
Halifax and Northampton County, North Carolina Closed

Choanoke Area Development Association of NC Inc. 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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City of Albemarle Department of Public Housing

Waiting List Status
Albemarle, North Carolina Closed

City of Albemarle Department of Public Housing 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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City of Hickory Public Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Hickory, North Carolina Closed

City of Hickory Public 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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City of Mount Holly Dept. of Housing

City of Mount Holly Dept. of Housing serves North Carolina.

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City of Shelby Housing Department

City of Shelby Housing Department serves North Carolina.

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Clarkton Housing Authority

Clarkton Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Coastal Community Action Inc.

Coastal Community Action Inc. serves North Carolina.

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Columbus County Public Housing Agency

Columbus County Public Housing Agency serves North Carolina.

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Dunn Housing Authority

Dunn Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Durham Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Durham County, North Carolina Closed

Durham 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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Eastern Carolina Human Services Agency Inc.

Eastern Carolina Human Services Agency Inc. serves North Carolina.

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Eastern Carolina Regional Housing Authority

Eastern Carolina Regional Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Economic Improvement Council, Inc

Waiting List Status
Multi-County, North Carolina Closed

Economic Improvement Council, Inc 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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Elizabeth City Housing Authority

Elizabeth City Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Elizabethtown Housing Authority

Elizabethtown Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Fairmont Housing Authority

Fairmont Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Farmville Housing Authority

Farmville Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Fayetteville Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Fayetteville Metropolitan Housing Authority Closed

Fayetteville Metropolitan 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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Forest City Housing Authority

Forest City Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Four Square Community Action Inc.

Four Square Community Action Inc. serves North Carolina.

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Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity Inc.

Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity Inc. serves North Carolina.

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Gastonia Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Gaston County, North Carolina Open Until Further Notice

Gastonia Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Graham Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Alamance County, North Carolina Closed

Graham 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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Greene County Public Housing Agency

Greene County Public Housing Agency serves North Carolina.

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Greensboro Housing Authoity

Waiting List Status
Guilford County, North Carolina Closed

Greensboro Housing Authoity 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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Hamlet Housing Authority

Hamlet Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Harnett County Housing

Harnett County Housing serves North Carolina.

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Hendersonville Housing Authority

Hendersonville Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Hertford Housing Authority

Hertford Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Hot Springs Housing Authority

Hot Springs Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Housing Authority of Winston-Salem

Waiting List Status
Forsyth County, North Carolina Closed

Housing Authority of Winston-Salem 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 Asheville

Housing Authority of the City of Asheville serves North Carolina.

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Housing Authority of the City of Concord

Housing Authority of the City of Concord serves North Carolina.

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Housing Authority of the City of Goldsboro

Housing Authority of the City of Goldsboro serves North Carolina.

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Housing Authority of the City of Greenville

Waiting List Status
Greenville, North Carolina Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Greenville 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 High Point

Waiting List Status
High Point, North Carolina Closed

Housing Authority of the City of High Point 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 New Bern

Housing Authority of the City of New Bern serves North Carolina.

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Housing Authority of the City of Salisbury

Housing Authority of the City of Salisbury serves North Carolina.

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Housing Authority of the County of Wake

Waiting List Status
Wake County, North Carolina Closed

Housing Authority of the County of Wake 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 Town of Beaufort

Housing Authority of the Town of Beaufort serves North Carolina.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Laurinburg

Housing Authority of the Town of Laurinburg serves North Carolina.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Mount Airy

Housing Authority of the Town of Mount Airy serves North Carolina.

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Housing Programs of the Town of Murphy

Housing Programs of the Town of Murphy serves North Carolina.

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Inlivian

Waiting List Status
Charlotte, North Carolina Closed

Inlivian 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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Isothermal Planning and Development Commission

Waiting List Status
Cleveland, McDowell, Polk, and Rutherford County, North Carolina Closed

Isothermal Planning and Development Commission 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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Jackson County Public Housing Agency

Jackson County Public Housing Agency serves North Carolina.

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Johnston County Housing Assistance Payments Program

Waiting List Status
Johnston County Housing Assistance Payments Program Closed

Johnston County Housing Assistance Payments 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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Kings Mountain Housing Authority

Kings Mountain Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Kinston Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Lenoir County, North Carolina Closed

Kinston 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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Lenoir Housing Authority

Lenoir Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Lexington Housing Authority

Lexington Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Lincolnton Housing Authority

Lincolnton Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Lumberton Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Robeson County, North Carolina Closed

Lumberton 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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Macon Program for Progress

Macon Program for Progress serves North Carolina.

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Madison County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Madison County Housing Authority Closed

Madison 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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Madison Housing Authority

Madison Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Mars Hill Housing Authority

Mars Hill Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Marshall Housing Authority

Marshall Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Maxton Housing Authority

Maxton Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Mid-East Regional Housing Authority

Mid-East Regional Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Monroe Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Monroe Housing Authority Closed

Monroe 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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Mooresville Housing Authority

Mooresville Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Morganton Housing Authority

Morganton Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Mount Gilead Housing Authority

Mount Gilead Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Mount Olive Housing Authority

Mount Olive Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Mountain Projects Inc.

Waiting List Status
Haywood and Jackson County, North Carolina Open Until Further Notice

Mountain Projects Inc. is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Nash-Edgecombe Economic Development Inc.

Waiting List Status
Nash and Edgecombe County, North Carolina Closed

Nash-Edgecombe Economic Development Inc. 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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New Reidsville Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
New Reidsville Housing Authority Closed

New Reidsville 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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North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs

Waiting List Status
North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs Closed

North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs 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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North Wilkesboro Housing Authority

North Wilkesboro Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Northwestern Regional Housing Authority

Northwestern Regional Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Orange County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Orange County, North Carolina Closed

Orange 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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Oxford Housing Authority

Oxford Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Pembroke Housing Authority

Pembroke Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Pender County Housing Departmentment

Waiting List Status
Pender County, North Carolina Closed

Pender County Housing Departmentment 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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Piedmont Triad Regional Council

Waiting List Status
Davie, Surry, Stokes, and Yadkin County, North Carolina Open Until Further Notice

Piedmont Triad Regional Council is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Plymouth Housing Authority

Plymouth Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Princeville Housing Authority

Princeville Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Raleigh Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Wake County, North Carolina Open Until Further Notice

Raleigh Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Redevelopment Commission of the Town of Tarboro

Redevelopment Commission of the Town of Tarboro serves North Carolina.

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Roanoke Rapids Housing Authority

Roanoke Rapids Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Roanoke-Chowan Regional Housing Authority

Roanoke-Chowan Regional Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Robersonville Housing Authority

Robersonville Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Robeson County Housing Authority

Robeson County Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Rockingham Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Rockingham, North Carolina Closed

Rockingham 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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Rocky Mount Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Rocky Mount, North Carolina Closed

Rocky Mount 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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Rowan County Housing Authority

Rowan County Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Roxboro Housing Authority

Roxboro Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Sandhills Community Action Program Inc.

Waiting List Status
Anson, Montgomery, Moore and Richmond County, North Carolina Closed

Sandhills Community Action Program Inc. 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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Sanford Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Lee and Harnett County, North Carolina Closed

Sanford 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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Selma Housing Authority

Selma Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Smithfield Housing Authority

Smithfield Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Southeastern Community and Family Services

Waiting List Status
Southeastern Community & Family Services Closed

Southeastern Community and Family Services 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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Southern Pines Housing Authority

Southern Pines Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Spruce Pine Housing Authority

Spruce Pine Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Star Housing Authority

Star Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Statesville Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Iredell County, North Carolina Closed

Statesville 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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The New Edenton Housing Authority

The New Edenton Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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The New Randleman Housing Authority

The New Randleman Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Thomasville Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Thomasville, North Carolina Closed

Thomasville 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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Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing

Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing serves North Carolina.

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Town of East Spencer Housing Authority

Town of East Spencer Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Troy Housing Authority

Troy Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Twin Rivers Opportunities Inc.

Waiting List Status
Twin Rivers Opportunities Inc. Open Until Further Notice

Twin Rivers Opportunities Inc. is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Valdese Housing Authority

Valdese Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Vance County Housing Authority

Vance County Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Wadesboro Housing Authority

Wadesboro Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Washington Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Beaufort County, North Carolina Closed

Washington 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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Waynesville Housing Authority

Waynesville Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Western Carolina Community Action Inc.

Western Carolina Community Action Inc. serves North Carolina.

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Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba County, North Carolina Closed

Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional 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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Whiteville Housing Authority

Whiteville Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Williamston Housing Authority

Williamston Housing Authority serves North Carolina.

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Wilmington Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
New Hanover County, North Carolina Closed

Wilmington 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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Wilson Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Wilson County, North Carolina Closed

Wilson 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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Are Section 8 Waiting Lists Open in North Carolina?

As of July 31, 2023, AHO is tracking 0 waiting lists open right now that are scheduled to close in the near future. Additionally, AHO is monitoring 5 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 5 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 North Carolina in the last few years?

During the last three years, there were 36 HCV waiting lists open for at least a day in North Carolina.

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

Section 8 HCV waiting lists in North Carolina were kept open an average of 251 days over the last three years.

Many waiting lists were kept open only a short time. In the last three years, 27.8% were open seven days or less and 16.7% 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, 22.2% of waiting lists in North Carolina that opened had a preference for local residents.

To what extent do housing authorities in North Carolina 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 58.3% of waiting list applications in in North Carolina over the last three years.

How fair is waiting list placement in North Carolina?

Random lotteries were used by 8.3% of housing authorities in North Carolina 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 North Carolina before receiving a voucher?

Households spend an average of 21 months on a waiting list before receiving a voucher in North Carolina.

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

HCV households served by housing authorities in North Carolina include:

  • 31% headed by seniors
  • 23% with a person with a disability
  • 43% with children
  • 27% 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 North Carolina?

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 North Carolina, VLI households make up 95% of voucher-holding households.

ELI households make up 74% 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.