Open Public Housing Waiting Lists By State

There are 4,058 housing authorities across the country, many of which provide housing resources to their community through Public Housing.

There are 1,669 Public Housing Waiting Lists that are open now for Families and Individuals. 110 of those waiting lists open now have applications available online, meaning that you can apply from anywhere in the country.

There are 1,856 Public Housing Waiting Lists that are open now for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities. 143 of those waiting lists open now have applications available online.

Waiting Lists
State Family/Individual Senior/Disabled
Alabama 102 102
Alaska 1 1
Arizona 12 11
Arkansas 79 81
California 23 23
Colorado 18 22
Connecticut 12 18
Delaware 3 4
District Of Columbia 0 0
Florida 42 36
Georgia 127 123
Hawaii 0 0
Idaho 3 7
Illinois 67 68
Indiana 21 24
Iowa 24 29
Kansas 53 61
Kentucky 74 74
Louisiana 70 70
Maine 12 15
Maryland 11 12
Massachusetts 27 51
Michigan 63 88
Minnesota 64 82
Mississippi 33 34
Missouri 69 75
Montana 8 8
Nebraska 20 30
Nevada 0 0
New Hampshire 11 12
New Jersey 18 40
New Mexico 18 20
New York 57 64
North Carolina 74 71
North Dakota 11 11
Ohio 34 36
Oklahoma 71 75
Oregon 11 9
Pennsylvania 63 64
Puerti Rico 0 0
Puerto Rico 0 0
Rhode Island 6 16
South Carolina 23 20
South Dakota 7 15
Tennessee 67 68
Texas 19 18
Utah 8 11
Vermont 7 7
Virginia 18 18
Washington 21 20
West Virginia 29 30
Wisconsin 51 74
Wyoming 5 6

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.