Open Section 8 Waiting Lists in Ohio

Find applications for 16 open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Ohio. There are 76 housing authorities with voucher programs serving about 1,593,154 renter households in Ohio. Among these, 19.7 percent of housing authorities run larger voucher programs serving thousands of renters. Over the last three years, there have been 50 waiting lists open in Ohio.

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Ohio Housing Authorities

Adams Metropolitan Housing Authority

Adams Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Allen Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Allen, Auglaize, Mercer, Putnam, and Van Wert County, Ohio Closed
Allen, Auglaize, Mercer, Putnam, and Van Wert County, Ohio Closed

Allen 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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Ashtabula Metropolitan Housing Authority

Ashtabula Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority

Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Belmont Metropolitan Housing Authority

Belmont Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Bowling Green Housing Agency

Bowling Green Housing Agency serves Ohio.

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Brown Metropolitan Housing Authority

Brown Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Butler Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Shared Housing Closed
Butler County, Ohio Closed

Butler 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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Cambridge Metropolitan Housing Authority

Cambridge Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Chillicothe Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Ross County, Ohio Closed

Chillicothe 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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Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio Closed

Cincinnati 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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City of Marietta

City of Marietta serves Ohio.

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Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Clermont County, Ohio Open Until Further Notice

Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Clinton Metropolitan Housing Authority

Clinton Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Columbiana Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Columbiana County, Ohio Closed

Columbiana 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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Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Columbus, Ohio Open Until Further Notice

Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Coshocton Metropolitan Housing Authority

Coshocton Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Crawford Metropolitan Housing Authority

Crawford Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Cuyahoga County, Ohio Open Until Further Notice

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Darke County Metropolitan Housing Authority

Darke County Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Delaware Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Delaware County, Ohio Closed

Delaware 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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Emerald Development And Economic Network

Emerald Development And Economic Network serves Ohio.

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Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Erie County, Ohio Closed

Erie 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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Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority Closed

Fairfield 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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Fayette Metropolitan Housing Authority

Fayette Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Gallia Metropolitan Housing Authority

Gallia Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Geauga Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Geauga County, Ohio Closed

Geauga 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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Greater Dayton Premier Management

Waiting List Status
Montgomery County, Ohio Closed

Greater Dayton Premier Management 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 Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Greene Metropolitan Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Greene Metropolitan Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Hancock Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Limited Hancock, Hardin, Putnam, and Wyandot County, Ohio Closed

Hancock 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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Harrison Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Harrison County, Ohio Open Until Further Notice

Harrison Metropolitan Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Henry Metropolitan Housing Authority

Henry Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Highland Metropolitan Housing Authority

Highland Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Hocking Metropolitan Housing Authority

Hocking Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Huron Metropolitan Housing Authority

Huron Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Ironton Metropolitan Housing Authority

Ironton Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Jackson County Metropolitan Housing Authority

Jackson County Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Jefferson County, Ohio Open Until Further Notice

Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Knox Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Knox Metropolitan Housing Authority Closed

Knox 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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Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Lake County, Ohio Closed

Lake 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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Licking Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Licking Metropolitan Housing Authority Closed

Licking 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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Logan County Metropolitan Housing Authority

Logan County Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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London Metropolitan Housing Authority

London Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Lorain County, Ohio Open Soon

Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, but will begin accepting applications for waiting list soon.

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Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Fulton, Lucas, and Wood County, Ohio; and Monroe County, Michigan Closed

Lucas 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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Mansfield Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Mansfield, Ohio Closed

Mansfield 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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Marion Metropolitan Housing Authority

Marion Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Medina Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Medina County, Ohio Closed

Medina 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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Meigs Metropolitan Housing Authority

Meigs Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Miami Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Miami County, Ohio Open Until Further Notice

Miami Metropolitan Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Monroe Metropolitan Housing Authority

Monroe Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Morgan Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Morgan Metropolitan Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Morgan Metropolitan Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Morrow Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Morrow Metropolitan Housing Authority Closed

Morrow 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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New Avenues To Independence Inc.

New Avenues To Independence Inc. serves Ohio.

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Noble Metropolitan Housing Authority

Noble Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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North Coast Housing Connections

Waiting List Status
Cuyahoga County, Ohio Closed

North Coast Housing Connections 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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Perry County Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Perry County Metropolitan Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Perry County Metropolitan Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Pickaway Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Pickaway County, Ohio Closed

Pickaway 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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Pike Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Pike County, Ohio Open Until Further Notice

Pike Metropolitan Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Portage County, Ohio Open Until Further Notice

Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Scioto and Lawrence County, Ohio Open Until Further Notice

Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Preble Metropolitan Housing Authority

Preble Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Sandusky County, Ohio Closed

Sandusky 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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Seneca Metropolitan Housing Authority

Seneca Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Shelby Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Shelby Metropolitan Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Shelby Metropolitan Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Springfield Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Springfield, Clark and Champaign County, Ohio Closed
Springfield Metropolitan Housing Authority Closed

Springfield 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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Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Stark County, Ohio Closed

Stark 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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Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority Closed

Trumbull 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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Tuscarawas Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Tuscarawas County, Ohio Open Until Further Notice

Tuscarawas Metropolitan Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Vinton Metropolitan Housing Authority

Vinton Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Warren Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Warren County, Ohio Closed

Warren 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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Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Wayne, Holmes, and Ashland County, Ohio Closed

Wayne 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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Williams Metropolitan Housing Authority

Williams Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Ohio.

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Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Mahoning County, Ohio Closed

Youngstown 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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Zanesville Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Muskingum County, Ohio Closed

Zanesville 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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Are Section 8 Waiting Lists Open in Ohio?

As of July 5, 2024, AHO is tracking 1 waiting lists open right now that are scheduled to close in the near future. Additionally, AHO is monitoring 15 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 16 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 Ohio in the last few years?

During the last three years, there were 50 HCV waiting lists open for at least a day in Ohio.

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

Section 8 HCV waiting lists in Ohio were kept open an average of 520 days over the last three years.

Many waiting lists were kept open only a short time. In the last three years, 32% were open seven days or less and 10% 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, 20% of waiting lists in Ohio that opened had a preference for local residents.

To what extent do housing authorities in Ohio 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 62% of waiting list applications in in Ohio over the last three years.

How fair is waiting list placement in Ohio?

Random lotteries were used by 8% of housing authorities in Ohio 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 Ohio before receiving a voucher?

Households spend an average of 23 months on a waiting list before receiving a voucher in Ohio.

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

HCV households served by housing authorities in Ohio include:

  • 25% headed by seniors
  • 25% with a person with a disability
  • 41% with children
  • 24% 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 Ohio?

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 Ohio, VLI households make up 96% of voucher-holding households.

ELI households make up 80% 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.