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

There are 1,930 Public Housing and Project-Based Voucher Waiting Lists that are open now for Families and Individuals.

There are 80 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 104 0
Alaska 1 1
American Samoa 0 0
Arizona 11 1
Arkansas 83 0
California 29 6
Colorado 23 1
Connecticut 10 3
Delaware 3 0
District Of Columbia 0 0
Florida 34 3
Georgia 126 0
Guam 0 0
Hawaii 0 0
Idaho 6 0
Illinois 76 9
Indiana 24 0
Iowa 34 3
Kansas 62 0
Kentucky 78 0
Louisiana 72 3
Maine 13 1
Maryland 11 2
Massachusetts 48 2
Michigan 83 6
Minnesota 81 5
Mississippi 35 1
Missouri 80 1
Montana 8 0
Nebraska 61 1
Nevada 1 3
New Hampshire 11 0
New Jersey 30 5
New Mexico 19 1
New York 65 2
North Carolina 75 3
North Dakota 10 0
Northern Mariana Islands 0 0
Ohio 37 2
Oklahoma 78 1
Oregon 10 0
Pennsylvania 66 5
Puerto Rico 0 0
Rhode Island 14 1
South Carolina 20 0
South Dakota 15 1
Tennessee 70 0
Texas 41 2
Utah 10 0
Vermont 8 0
Virgin Islands 1 0
Virginia 23 2
Washington 19 1
West Virginia 31 0
Wisconsin 73 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.