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

There are 1,940 Public Housing and Project-Based Voucher Waiting Lists that are open now for Families and Individuals.

There are 81 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 103 0
Alaska 11 1
American Samoa 0 0
Arizona 11 1
Arkansas 83 0
California 31 5
Colorado 22 1
Connecticut 10 5
Delaware 3 0
District Of Columbia 0 0
Florida 34 3
Georgia 126 0
Guam 1 0
Hawaii 0 0
Idaho 6 0
Illinois 75 9
Indiana 23 0
Iowa 33 4
Kansas 62 0
Kentucky 75 0
Louisiana 70 2
Maine 14 1
Maryland 11 2
Massachusetts 48 1
Michigan 81 6
Minnesota 81 5
Mississippi 35 1
Missouri 80 1
Montana 8 0
Nebraska 63 1
Nevada 0 3
New Hampshire 10 0
New Jersey 29 6
New Mexico 20 1
New York 65 2
North Carolina 73 3
North Dakota 10 0
Northern Mariana Islands 0 0
Ohio 37 1
Oklahoma 78 2
Oregon 10 0
Pennsylvania 65 6
Puerto Rico 0 0
Rhode Island 15 1
South Carolina 20 0
South Dakota 15 1
Tennessee 70 0
Texas 43 2
Utah 12 0
Vermont 9 0
Virgin Islands 1 0
Virginia 21 1
Washington 28 1
West Virginia 31 0
Wisconsin 71 2
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.