Open Public Housing Waiting Lists By State

There are 4,060 housing authorities across the country, many of which provide housing resources to their community through Public Housing.

There are 2,427 Public Housing Waiting Lists that are open now for Families and Individuals.

There are 36 Public Housing Waiting Lists that are open now for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities.

Waiting Lists
StateFamily/IndividualSenior/Disabled
Alabama120
Alaska10
American Samoa00
Arizona01
Arkansas680
California150
Colorado241
Connecticut83
Delaware10
District Of Columbia00
Florida672
Georgia1612
Guam00
Hawaii10
Idaho80
Illinois1473
Indiana281
Iowa360
Kansas630
Kentucky790
Louisiana930
Maine180
Maryland181
Massachusetts610
Michigan1060
Minnesota960
Mississippi392
Missouri870
Montana80
Nebraska650
Nevada30
New Hampshire120
New Jersey751
New Mexico270
New York772
North Carolina860
North Dakota110
Northern Mariana Islands00
Ohio452
Oklahoma810
Oregon130
Pennsylvania743
Puerto Rico00
Rhode Island190
South Carolina370
South Dakota160
Tennessee761
Texas112
Utah110
Vermont80
Virgin Islands of the U.S.00
Virginia281
Washington280
West Virginia300
Wisconsin782
Wyoming60

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.