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

There are 4,088 housing authorities across the country, many of which provide housing resources to their community through Public Housing.

There are 2,495 Public Housing and Project-Based Voucher Waiting Lists that are open now for Families and Individuals.

There are 64 Public Housing and Project-Based Voucher Waiting Lists that are open now for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities.

Waiting Lists
StateFamily/IndividualSenior/Disabled
Alabama130
Alaska11
American Samoa00
Arizona11
Arkansas680
California293
Colorado265
Connecticut123
Delaware10
District Of Columbia00
Florida663
Georgia1673
Guam00
Hawaii10
Idaho70
Illinois1469
Indiana281
Iowa360
Kansas630
Kentucky791
Louisiana940
Maine180
Maryland182
Massachusetts621
Michigan1082
Minnesota980
Mississippi422
Missouri870
Montana80
Nebraska650
Nevada50
New Hampshire120
New Jersey772
New Mexico270
New York802
North Carolina861
North Dakota110
Northern Mariana Islands00
Ohio453
Oklahoma810
Oregon150
Pennsylvania763
Puerto Rico00
Rhode Island190
South Carolina373
South Dakota160
Tennessee751
Texas181
Utah110
Vermont80
Virgin Islands00
Virginia281
Washington300
West Virginia300
Wisconsin792
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.