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

There are 4,089 housing authorities across the country, many of which provide housing resources to their community through Public Housing.

There are 2,485 Public Housing and Project-Based Voucher Waiting Lists that are open now for Families and Individuals.

There are 72 Public Housing and Project-Based Voucher Waiting Lists that are open now for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities.

Waiting Lists
StateFamily/IndividualSenior/Disabled
Alabama1010
Alaska11
American Samoa00
Arizona131
Arkansas830
California393
Colorado295
Connecticut173
Delaware20
District Of Columbia10
Florida683
Georgia1663
Guam00
Hawaii10
Idaho70
Illinois14311
Indiana281
Iowa360
Kansas630
Kentucky780
Louisiana940
Maine180
Maryland172
Massachusetts611
Michigan1082
Minnesota980
Mississippi422
Missouri870
Montana80
Nebraska650
Nevada11
New Hampshire120
New Jersey762
New Mexico261
New York822
North Carolina861
North Dakota110
Northern Mariana Islands00
Ohio453
Oklahoma810
Oregon150
Pennsylvania773
Puerto Rico00
Rhode Island181
South Carolina383
South Dakota151
Tennessee751
Texas311
Utah110
Vermont80
Virgin Islands00
Virginia271
Washington300
West Virginia300
Wisconsin782
Wyoming70

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.