Open Section 8 Waiting Lists in Oklahoma

Find applications for 14 open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Oklahoma. There are 104 housing authorities with voucher programs serving about 544,177 renter households in Oklahoma. Among these, 2.9 percent of housing authorities run larger voucher programs serving thousands of renters. Over the last three years, there have been 17 waiting lists open in Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma Housing Authorities

Boley Housing Authority

Boley Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Bristow Housing Authority

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Bristow Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Bristow Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Broken Bow Housing Authority

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Broken Bow Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Broken Bow Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Coalgate Housing Authority

Coalgate Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Commerce Housing Authority

Commerce Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Drumright Housing Authority

Drumright Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Elk City Housing Authority

Elk City Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Fort Gibson Housing Authority

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Fort Gibson Housing Authority Closed

Fort Gibson 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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Geary Housing Authority

Geary Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Grandfield Housing Authority

Grandfield Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Guthrie Housing Authority

Guthrie Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Haileyville Housing Authority

Haileyville Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Hartshorne Housing Authority

Hartshorne Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Holdenville Housing Authority

Holdenville Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of Beggs

Housing Authority of Beggs serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of Osage County

Housing Authority of Osage County serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of Prague

Housing Authority of Prague serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Caddo Electric Cooperativ

Housing Authority of the Caddo Electric Cooperativ serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Choctaw Electric Cooperat

Housing Authority of the Choctaw Electric Cooperat serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Ada

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Housing Authority of the City of Ada Open Until Further Notice

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

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Housing Authority of the City of Afton

Housing Authority of the City of Afton serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Anadarko

Housing Authority of the City of Anadarko serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Atoka

Housing Authority of the City of Atoka serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Boswell

Housing Authority of the City of Boswell serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Comanche

Housing Authority of the City of Comanche serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Del City

Housing Authority of the City of Del City serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Heavener

Housing Authority of the City of Heavener serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Henryetta

Housing Authority of the City of Henryetta serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Hobart

Housing Authority of the City of Hobart serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Idabel

Housing Authority of the City of Idabel serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Keota

Housing Authority of the City of Keota serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Kingston

Housing Authority of the City of Kingston serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Konawa

Housing Authority of the City of Konawa serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Krebs

Housing Authority of the City of Krebs serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Langston

Housing Authority of the City of Langston serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Maud

Housing Authority of the City of Maud serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Minco

Housing Authority of the City of Minco serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Newkirk

Housing Authority of the City of Newkirk serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Oilton

Housing Authority of the City of Oilton serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Pauls Valley

Housing Authority of the City of Pauls Valley serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Pawnee

Housing Authority of the City of Pawnee serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Picher

Housing Authority of the City of Picher serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Sayre

Housing Authority of the City of Sayre serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Shawnee

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Housing Authority of the City of Shawnee Open Until Further Notice

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

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Housing Authority of the City of Stroud

Housing Authority of the City of Stroud serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Tecumseh

Housing Authority of the City of Tecumseh serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Tulsa

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Tulsa, Oklahoma Open Until Further Notice

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

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Housing Authority of the City of Waurika

Housing Authority of the City of Waurika serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Waynoka

Housing Authority of the City of Waynoka serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the City of Yale

Housing Authority of the City of Yale serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Cookson Hills Electric Co

Housing Authority of the Cookson Hills Electric Co serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Kiamichi Electric Coop

Housing Authority of the Kiamichi Electric Coop serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Antlers

Housing Authority of the Town of Antlers serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Apache

Housing Authority of the Town of Apache serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Cache

Housing Authority of the Town of Cache serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Cement

Housing Authority of the Town of Cement serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Cheyenne

Housing Authority of the Town of Cheyenne serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Clayton

Housing Authority of the Town of Clayton serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Cushing

Housing Authority of the Town of Cushing serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Cyril

Housing Authority of the Town of Cyril serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Fort Cobb

Housing Authority of the Town of Fort Cobb serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Granite

Housing Authority of the Town of Granite serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Lone Wolf

Housing Authority of the Town of Lone Wolf serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Mountain Park

Housing Authority of the Town of Mountain Park serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Mountain View

Housing Authority of the Town of Mountain View serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Ringling

Housing Authority of the Town of Ringling serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Ryan

Housing Authority of the Town of Ryan serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Seiling

Housing Authority of the Town of Seiling serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Sterling

Housing Authority of the Town of Sterling serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Stratford

Housing Authority of the Town of Stratford serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Talihina

Housing Authority of the Town of Talihina serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Terral

Housing Authority of the Town of Terral serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Tipton

Housing Authority of the Town of Tipton serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Tuttle

Housing Authority of the Town of Tuttle serves Oklahoma.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Wister

Housing Authority of the Town of Wister serves Oklahoma.

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Hugo Housing Authority

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Hugo Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Hugo Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Hydro Housing Authority

Hydro Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Indiahoma Housing Authority

Indiahoma Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Lawton Housing Authority

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Lawton Housing Authority Closed

Lawton 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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Madill Housing Authority

Madill Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Mangum Housing Authority

Mangum Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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McAlester Housing Authority

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McAlester Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

McAlester Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Miami Housing Authority

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Miami Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Miami Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Muskogee Housing Authority

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Muskogee, Oklahoma Open Until Further Notice

Muskogee Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Norman Housing Authority

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Norman Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Norman Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Oklahoma City Housing Authority

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Open Until Further Notice

Oklahoma City Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency

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State of Oklahoma Closed

Oklahoma Housing Finance 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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Ponca City Housing Authority

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Ponca City Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Ponca City Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Roosevelt Housing Authority

Roosevelt Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Seminole Housing Authority

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Seminole Housing Authority Closed

Seminole 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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Snyder Housing Authority

Snyder Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Stigler Housing Authority

Stigler Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Stillwater Housing Authority

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Stillwater Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Stillwater Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Stilwell Housing Authority

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Stilwell Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Stilwell Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Temple Housing Authority

Temple Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Tishomingo Housing Authority

Tishomingo Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Valliant Housing Authority

Valliant Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Walters Housing Authority

Walters Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Watonga Housing Authority

Watonga Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Weleetka Housing Authority

Weleetka Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Wetumka Housing Authority

Wetumka Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Wewoka Housing Authority

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Wewoka Housing Authority Closed

Wewoka 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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Wilburton Housing Authority

Wilburton Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Wynnewood Housing Authority

Wynnewood Housing Authority serves Oklahoma.

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Are Section 8 Waiting Lists Open in Oklahoma?

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 14 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 14 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 Oklahoma in the last few years?

During the last three years, there were 17 HCV waiting lists open for at least a day in Oklahoma.

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

Section 8 HCV waiting lists in Oklahoma were kept open an average of 1,081 days over the last three years.

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, 5.9% of waiting lists in Oklahoma that opened had a preference for local residents.

To what extent do housing authorities in Oklahoma 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 23.5% of waiting list applications in in Oklahoma over the last three years.

How fair is waiting list placement in Oklahoma?

Random lotteries were used by 0% of housing authorities in Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma before receiving a voucher?

Households spend an average of 17 months on a waiting list before receiving a voucher in Oklahoma.

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

HCV households served by housing authorities in Oklahoma include:

  • 27% headed by seniors
  • 28% with a person with a disability
  • 41% with children
  • 20% 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 Oklahoma?

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 Oklahoma, VLI households make up 97% of voucher-holding households.

ELI households make up 79% 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.