Open Public Housing and Project-Based Voucher Waiting Lists By State

There are 4,110 housing authorities across the country, many of which provide housing resources to their community through Public Housing.

There are 2,526 Public Housing and Project-Based Voucher Waiting Lists that are open now for Families and Individuals.

There are 108 Public Housing and Project-Based Voucher Waiting Lists that are open now for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities.

Waiting Lists
State Family/Individual Eld./Disabled
Alabama 102 0
Alaska 1 1
American Samoa 0 0
Arizona 13 1
Arkansas 83 0
California 45 5
Colorado 32 5
Connecticut 18 5
Delaware 2 0
District Of Columbia 1 0
Florida 70 5
Georgia 166 5
Guam 2 1
Hawaii 1 0
Idaho 7 0
Illinois 140 12
Indiana 27 0
Iowa 37 2
Kansas 63 0
Kentucky 81 0
Louisiana 95 0
Maine 13 1
Maryland 17 2
Massachusetts 58 1
Michigan 105 2
Minnesota 97 4
Mississippi 42 2
Missouri 89 0
Montana 8 0
Nebraska 64 0
Nevada 3 1
New Hampshire 11 0
New Jersey 76 5
New Mexico 25 1
New York 84 2
North Carolina 84 2
North Dakota 11 0
Northern Mariana Islands 0 0
Ohio 45 3
Oklahoma 81 0
Oregon 15 0
Pennsylvania 77 5
Puerto Rico 0 0
Rhode Island 17 1
South Carolina 37 3
South Dakota 15 1
Tennessee 74 1
Texas 44 3
Utah 11 0
Vermont 8 0
Virgin Islands 0 0
Virginia 30 3
Washington 27 1
West Virginia 30 0
Wisconsin 79 3
Wyoming 7 0

Public housing is the oldest form of Federally assisted housing dating back to Roosevelt's New Deal in the late 1930's. Though the average citizen commonly refers to any government assisted housing as “public housing”, Public Housing is just one Federal housing program among many.

The Public Housing program is managed at the National level by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Federal subsidies provided under the program provide for the development and construction of the housing and the ongoing operations. Any resident in a Public Housing unit has a rent that is determined by their income. The Federal operating subsidy for each property offsets the portion of a resident's rent that is above what they can afford.

Public Housing communities are owned and operated locally by Public Housing Authorities (PHA). There are over 9,500 Public Housing communities in the United States containing more than a million rental units. These properties are operated over 3,000 different Public Housing Authorities across America.

Often, Public Housing is oversubscribed and there aren't enough apartments to serve every low income renter in need. In these cases, a PHA will create a public housing waiting list. Interested renters apply to the housing authority that manages the public housing apartment property they are interested in living in. The renters name is placed on a waiting list and when the next rent subsidized public housing unit comes available, the property manager will select the first name on the waiting list.