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 3,597 Public Housing Waiting Lists that are open now for Families and Individuals. 255 of those waiting lists open now have applications available online, meaning that you can apply from anywhere in the country.

There are 4 Public Housing Waiting Lists that are open now for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities. 0 of those waiting lists open now have applications available online.

Waiting Lists
State Family/Individual Senior/Disabled
Alabama 204 0
Alaska 0 1
Arizona 24 0
Arkansas 165 0
California 46 0
Colorado 43 0
Connecticut 30 0
Delaware 7 0
District Of Columbia 0 0
Florida 80 0
Georgia 251 0
Hawaii 0 0
Idaho 10 0
Illinois 135 0
Indiana 44 0
Iowa 54 0
Kansas 114 0
Kentucky 146 0
Louisiana 141 0
Maine 27 0
Maryland 25 0
Massachusetts 82 0
Michigan 150 0
Minnesota 150 0
Mississippi 67 0
Missouri 148 1
Montana 16 0
Nebraska 85 0
Nevada 0 0
New Hampshire 23 0
New Jersey 61 0
New Mexico 38 0
New York 121 0
North Carolina 148 0
North Dakota 22 0
Ohio 69 1
Oklahoma 149 0
Oregon 20 0
Pennsylvania 130 0
Puerto Rico 0 0
Rhode Island 23 0
South Carolina 43 0
South Dakota 22 0
Tennessee 134 0
Texas 39 0
Utah 19 0
Vermont 14 0
Virginia 37 0
Washington 41 0
West Virginia 60 0
Wisconsin 125 1
Wyoming 11 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.