Open Low Income Housing Waiting List in Michigan

Find applications for 4 open low-income apartment waiting lists in Michigan. Get the information needed to apply for HUD rental housing that can’t be found anywhere else.

Michigan Housing Authorities

Albion Housing Commission

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Albion Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Albion Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Algonac Housing Commission

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Algonac Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Algonac Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Allen Park Housing Commission

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Allen Park Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Allen Park Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Alma Housing Commission

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Alma Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Alma Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Alpena Housing Commission

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Alpena Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Alpena Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Ann Arbor Housing Commission

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Ann Arbor Housing Commission Closed
Lurie Terrace, and Courthouse Square Open Until Further Notice

Ann Arbor Housing Commission is accepting applications for a waiting list now.

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Baldwin Housing Commission

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Baldwin Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Baldwin Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Bangor Housing Commission

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Bangor Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Bangor Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Baraga Housing Commission

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Baraga Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Baraga Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Bath Charter Township Housing Commission

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Bath Charter Township Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Bath Charter Township Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Battle Creek Housing Commission

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Family Open Until Further Notice
Individual Open Until Further Notice

Battle Creek Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Bay City Housing Commission

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Bay City Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Bay City Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Bay County Housing Department

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Bay County Housing Department Open Until Further Notice

Bay County Housing Department is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Bedford Township Housing Commission

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Bedford Township Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Bedford Township Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Belding Housing Commission

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Belding Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Belding Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Benton Harbor Housing Commission

Benton Harbor Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Benton Township Housing Commission

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Benton Township Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Benton Township Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Bessemer Housing Commission

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Bessemer Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Bessemer Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Big Rapids Housing Commission

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Big Rapids Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Big Rapids Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Boyne City Housing Commission

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Boyne City Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Boyne City Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Bronson Housing Commission

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Bronson Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Bronson Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Cadillac Housing Commission

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Cadillac Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Cadillac Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Calumet Housing Commission

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Calumet Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Calumet Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Caseville Housing Commission

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Caseville Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Caseville Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Charlevoix Housing Commission

Charlevoix Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Cheboygan Housing Commission

Cheboygan Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Clinton Township Housing Commission

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Clinton Township Housing Commission Closed

Clinton Township Housing Commission is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Coldwater Housing Commission

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Coldwater Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Coldwater Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Covert Public Housing Commission

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Covert Public Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Covert Public Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Dearborn Heights Housing Commission

Dearborn Heights Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Dearborn Housing Commission

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Dearborn Housing Commission Closed

Dearborn Housing Commission is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Detroit Housing Commission

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Charles Diggs Townhomes, John W. Smith Townhomes, Algonquin, Greenbrooke, State Fair, Harriet Tubman Apartments and Sojourner Truth Townhomes Multi-Family Closed
Brewster Townhomes Closed
Single Family Homes No 12, 13 and 14 Closed
Highland Manor Apartments, Peterboro Arms, 8900 Gratiot, 9100 on Gratiot, and Genesis Villa Open Until Further Notice
Oakwood Senior Manor, Jefferson Meadows, Pablo Davis, Wellington Senior Apartments, Parkview Place Apartments, and Colonial Meadows Senior Community, Near Elderly Open Until Further Notice
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Detroit Housing Commission is accepting applications for 4 waiting lists now.

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Dowagiac Housing Commission

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Dowagiac Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Dowagiac Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Dundee Housing Commission

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Dundee Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Dundee Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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East Jordan Housing Commission

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East Jordan Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

East Jordan Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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East Tawas Housing Commission

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East Tawas Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

East Tawas Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Eastpointe Housing Commission

Eastpointe Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Ecorse Housing Commission

Ecorse Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Elk Rapids Housing Commission

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Elk Rapids Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Elk Rapids Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Escanaba Housing Commission

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Escanaba Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Escanaba Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Evart Housing Commission

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Evart Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Evart Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Ferndale Housing Commission

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1-Bedroom Closed

Ferndale Housing Commission is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Flint Housing Commission

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Berkeley Place Closed
1 and 2-Bedroom Closed
Efficiency, 0-Bedroom Closed

Flint Housing Commission is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Gladstone Housing Commission

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Gladstone Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Gladstone Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Gladwin City Housing Commission

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Gladwin City Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Gladwin City Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Grand Rapids Housing Commission

Grand Rapids Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Grayling Housing Commission

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Grayling Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Grayling Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Greenville Housing Commission

Greenville Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Hamtramck Housing Commission

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Hamtramck Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Hamtramck Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Hancock Housing Commission

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Hancock Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Hancock Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Hermansville Housing Commission

Hermansville Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Highland Park Housing Commission

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Highland Park Housing Commission Closed

Highland Park Housing Commission is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Hillsdale Housing Commission

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Hillsdale Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Hillsdale Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Houghton Housing Commission

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Houghton Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Houghton Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Services Mid Michigan

Housing Services Mid Michigan serves Michigan.

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Ingham County Housing Commission

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Ingham County Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Ingham County Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Inkster Housing Commission

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Inkster Housing Commission Closed

Inkster Housing Commission is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Ionia Housing Commission

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Ionia Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Ionia Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Iron County Housing Commission

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Iron County Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Iron County Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Iron Mountain Housing Commission

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Iron Mountain Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Iron Mountain Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Iron River Housing Commission

Iron River Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Ironwood Housing Commission

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Ironwood Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Ironwood Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Ishpeming Housing Commission

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Ishpeming Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Ishpeming Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Jackson Housing Commission

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Francis Senior Lofts Near Elderly Closed
Jackson Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Jackson Housing Commission is accepting applications for a waiting list now.

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Kent County Community Action

Kent County Community Action serves Michigan.

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Kingsford Housing Commission

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Kingsford Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Kingsford Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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L'Anse Housing Commission

L'Anse Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Lake Linden Housing Commission

Lake Linden Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Lansing Housing Commission

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Multiple Properties Closed
Stadium Senior Closed
South Washington Park and Mount Vernon Park Closed

Lansing Housing Commission is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Lapeer Housing Commission

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Lapeer Housing Commission Closed

Lapeer Housing Commission is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Laurium Housing Commission

Laurium Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Lincoln Park Housing Commission

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Lincoln Park Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Lincoln Park Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Livonia Housing Commission

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2-Bedroom Scattered Site Closed
3 and 4-Bedroom Scattered Site Open Until Further Notice

Livonia Housing Commission is accepting applications for a waiting list now.

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Luce County Housing Commission

Luce County Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Luna Pier Housing Commission

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Luna Pier Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Luna Pier Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Mackinac County Housing Commission

Mackinac County Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Madison Heights Housing Commission

Madison Heights Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Manistee Housing Commission

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Manistee Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Manistee Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Manistique Housing Commission

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Manistique Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Manistique Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Marquette Housing Commission

Marquette Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Marysville Housing Commission

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Marysville Housing Commission Closed

Marysville Housing Commission is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Melvindale Housing Commission

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Coogan Terrace Closed

Melvindale Housing Commission is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Menominee Housing Commission

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Menominee Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Menominee Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Michigan State Housing Development Authority

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Selinon Park Closed
Peterboro Arms Apartments Closed
Clay Apartments Closed
Coolidge Place Closed
Andy's Place - Recovery Housing Pilot Program Closed
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Michigan State Housing Development Authority is accepting applications for 5 waiting lists now.

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Middleville Housing Commission

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Middleville Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Middleville Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Monroe Housing Commission

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Greenwood Townhouses, 2, 3 and 4-Bedroom Closed
Monroe Housing Commission Closed
River Park Place Open Until Further Notice

Monroe Housing Commission is accepting applications for a waiting list now.

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Montcalm County Housing Commission

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Montcalm County Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Montcalm County Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Mount Clemens Housing Commission

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Mount Clemens Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Mount Clemens Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Mount Pleasant Housing Commission

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Mount Pleasant Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Mount Pleasant Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Munising Housing Commission

Munising Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Muskegon Heights Housing Commission

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Muskegon Heights Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Muskegon Heights Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Muskegon Housing Commission

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Muskegon Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Muskegon Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Negaunee Housing Commission

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Negaunee Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Negaunee Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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New Haven Housing Commission

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New Haven Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

New Haven Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Niles Housing Commission

Niles Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Ontonagon Housing Commission

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Ontonagon Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Ontonagon Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Paw Paw Housing Commission

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Miller Court Senior Housing Open Until Further Notice

Paw Paw Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Plymouth Housing Commission

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Tonquish Creek Manor Open Until Further Notice

Plymouth Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Pontiac Housing Commission

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Pontiac Housing Commission Closed

Pontiac Housing Commission is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Port Huron Housing Commission

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Port Huron Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Port Huron Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Potterville Housing Commission

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Potterville Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Potterville Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Rapid River Housing Commission

Rapid River Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Reed City Housing Commission

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Reed City Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Reed City Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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River Rouge Housing Commission

River Rouge Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Rockford Housing Commission

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Rogue Valley Towers Open Until Further Notice

Rockford Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Rockwood Housing Commission

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Rockwood Housing Commission Closed

Rockwood Housing Commission is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Rogers City Housing Commission

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Rogers City Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Rogers City Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Romulus Housing Commission

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Romulus Housing Commission Closed

Romulus Housing Commission is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Roseville Housing Commission

Roseville Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Royal Oak Housing Commission

Royal Oak Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Royal Oak Township Housing Commission

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Royal Oak Township Housing Commission Closed

Royal Oak Township Housing Commission is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Saginaw Housing Commission

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General Occupancy Open Until Further Notice
Saginaw Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Saginaw Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Saint Clair Housing Commission

Saint Clair Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Saint Joseph Housing Commission

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Saint Joseph Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Saint Joseph Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Saint Louis Housing Commission

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Saint Louis Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Saint Louis Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Saranac Housing Commission

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Saranac Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Saranac Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Sault Ste Marie Housing Commission

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Sault Ste Marie Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Sault Ste Marie Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Schoolcraft County Housing Commission

Schoolcraft County Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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South Haven Housing Commission

South Haven Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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South Lyon Housing Commission

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South Lyon Housing Commission Closed

South Lyon Housing Commission is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Southfield Housing Commission

Southfield Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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St. Clair Shores Housing Commission

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St. Clair Shores Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

St. Clair Shores Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Sterling Heights Housing Commission

Sterling Heights Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Sturgis Housing Commission

Sturgis Housing Commission serves Michigan.

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Taylor Housing Commission

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Maplewood Manor Open Until Further Notice

Taylor Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Traverse City Housing Commission

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Traverse City Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Traverse City Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Wakefield Housing Commission

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Wakefield Housing Commission Closed

Wakefield Housing Commission is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Wayne Housing Commission

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Wayne Housing Commission Open Until Further Notice

Wayne Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Westland Housing Commission

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Veterans Supportive Housing Open Until Further Notice
Assisted Living Open Until Further Notice
Westgate Towers Open Until Further Notice

Westland Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Wyoming Housing Commission

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Kent County, Michigan Closed

Wyoming Housing Commission is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Ypsilanti Housing Commission

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Ypsilanti Housing Commission Closed

Ypsilanti Housing Commission is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Are Public Housing Waiting Lists Open in Michigan?

As of May 7, 2024, AHO is tracking 4 Public Housing waiting lists open right now.

AHO encourages you to apply continuously to open waiting lists as soon as possible. These waiting lists may close without sufficient notice.

How many Public Housing waiting lists were open in Michigan in the last few years?

During the last three years, there were 118 Public Housing waiting lists open for at least a day in Michigan.

How long were Public Housing waiting lists kept open in Michigan in the last few years?

Public Housing waiting lists in Michigan were kept open an average of 900 days over the last three years.

Many waiting lists were kept open only a short time. In the last three years, 5.1% were open seven days or less and 0.8% were open for only one day (or a few hours) . This means that it is important for low-income renters to apply right away when they find an open waiting list.

How hard is it to get a Public Housing unit if I don't currently live in the area the housing authority serves?

Some housing authorities have a preference for local residents in their waiting list placement. If you live outside the area you can get on the waiting list, but you will likely wait a long time before a unit becomes available, if at all.

Over the last three years, 18.6% of Public Housing waiting lists in Michigan that opened had a preference for local residents.

To what extent do housing authorities in Michigan increase access with online applications?

Online applications make it easier for low-income renters to apply for open waiting lists, especially when applying to different communities or when waiting lists are only kept open a short time.

Online applications were used for 18.6% of waiting list applications in in Michigan over the last three years.

How fair is waiting list placement in Michigan?

Random lotteries were used by 3.4% of housing authorities in Michigan to place applicants on their waiting lists over the last three years.

Applicants placed at the bottom of a waiting list may wait up to two or three years before being offered a voucher. Placing applicants on a waiting list using a random lottery gives everyone a fair chance to be near the top of the list.

Many housing authorities place applicants according to the date and time of their submission. Applicants who apply later will have a long wait for assistance, which is especially unfair in cases where waiting lists are kept open just few days or less.

How long do households spend on a Public Housing waiting list in Michigan before being offered a unit?

Households spend an average of 25 months on a waiting list before a unit becomes available for them in Michigan.

Who is served by Public Housing programs offered through housing authorities in Michigan?

Public Housing households served by housing authorities in Michigan include:

  • 42% headed by seniors
  • 30% with a person with a disability
  • 28% with children
  • 22% where the majority of household income comes from wages earned

What is the income level of households served by Public Housing programs offered through housing authorities in Michigan?

Public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals, with "low-income" usually defined as income at or below 80% of the median income (80% AMI) for the county or metropolitan area in which the Public Housing units are located. However, most housing authority Public Housing programs serve households with much lower incomes.

A 50% AMI household is considered very low-income (VLI) and a 30% AMI household is considered extremely low-income (ELI). ELI households are a subset of the VLI households served by a housing authority.

In Public Housing programs of housing authorities in Michigan, VLI households make up 90% of voucher-holding households.

ELI households make up 70% of voucher-holding households.

What is a low-income apartment?

A low-income apartment has a federal, state, or local government housing program that makes rent affordable for those who are in need of housing assistance.

These apartments may have rental assistance that allows tenants to pay a portion of their income for rent, or pay a fixed rent amount that is affordable to renters.

Are there different types of housing assistance for low-income apartments?

Yes, there are many different types of housing assistance programs for low-income apartments. Some housing programs, such as Public Housing, allow tenants to pay a portion of their income for rent. Others, like the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, provide fixed rents that are affordable to many renters.

The most common housing programs for low-income apartments include:

  • Public Housing
  • Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance
  • Section 8 Project-Based Voucher
  • RAD Project-Based Voucher
  • Low-Income Housing Tax Credit
  • Section 202 Supportive Housing For The Elderly
  • Section 811 Supportive Housing For Persons With Disabilities
  • Section 515 Rural Rental Housing
  • Section 521 USDA Rental Assistance

Why is there a waiting list for low-income apartments?

There is a higher demand for low-income apartments than available units, so housing agencies have waiting lists. Building a waiting list allows the agency to quickly fill units that are no longer being occupied.

Who can apply for a low-income apartment waiting list?

To apply for a low-income apartment waiting list, the head of the household must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen or an eligible immigrant. If the head of household cannot submit an application, another person can submit one on their behalf.

There are many qualifications to get a low-income apartment, including income, housing, and criminal history. But those requirements do not prevent a person from applying for an open waiting list.

What is needed to apply for a low-income apartment waiting list?

To apply for a low-income apartment waiting list, renters must usually provide their first and last name, date of birth, Social Security Number or Alien ID, and the total gross income of all household members (with exceptions).

Applications may ask for additional information, including housing history, criminal history, proof of income, and preference verification. Applicants may also be asked for demographic information, like gender, disability status, or race and ethnicity.

When can I apply for a low-income apartment?

Applications for a low-income apartment can only be submitted when the housing agency opens the waiting list.

Waiting lists in many areas are kept open indefinitely, but there are also apartments with waiting lists that are only open for certain periods. Depending on the area, if a waiting list is closed, it may not reopen for many months or years.

How do I apply for a low-income apartment waiting list?

When a low-income apartment waiting list is open, there can be a number of different ways to submit an application. In most cases, applications are available online, in person, by mail, or a variety of these options.

Contact the agency that manages the apartment to find out how to submit an application.

Where can I apply for a low-income apartment waiting list?

Renters can apply to most open low-income apartment waiting lists in the country. You do not have to live in the area to apply to most waiting lists, but there are some with restrictions. There are also some apartments with a housing program that is restricted for certain populations. If the apartment or waiting list is restricted, it means that the housing agency is targeting a specific demographic (such as elderly applicants), and documentation or a reference may be required to apply.

However, even if a waiting list is available to the general public, applicants who do not live in the area should check if there are preferences. Preferences give qualified applicants priority placement on the waiting list. And one of the most common preferences is for local residents. This means that non-local applicants may have a very long wait for a voucher, or may not get a voucher at all because of the local demand.

Can I apply for multiple low-income apartment waiting lists?

Yes, renters can apply for multiple low-income apartment waiting lists. There is no limit to how many waiting lists a household may be on.

But, it's usually not allowed to submit multiple applications for the same waiting list. If more than one application is submitted for the same waiting list, the household risks getting disqualified.

Is there an application fee for low-income apartment waiting lists?

Unlike Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, there are many low-income apartment waiting lists that charge a fee to apply. This depends on type of housing assistance for the apartment.

It is against HUD policy for a housing authority to charge an application fee for Public Housing or Section 8 apartments (including Project Based rental Assistance and Project Based Vouchers). If anyone is charging a fee for an application to these apartment types, they are either violating federal law, or a scammer.

But there may be an application fee for apartments with other housing programs.

How long is a waiting list for a low-income apartment?

After being placed on a low-income apartment waiting list, the wait may be anywhere between weeks, months, or even years.

There is no typical wait time for an apartment, but waiting lists are usually shorter than those for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher. The amount of time spent on a waiting list depends on many factors, including how many preferences are met, and the location of rental assistance. An applicant in one area of the country may wait for months, while someone in another area is awaiting for years.

Is there any way to get priority placement on a low-income apartment waiting list?

Yes, many housing agencies use preferences to give a priority to applicants who are part of groups in the area that are in great need of assistance.

Common preference categories for low-income apartment waiting lists include seniors, persons with disabilities, and those who live and work locally. Applicants who qualify for preferences will have a shorter wait time than those who don't.

How can I get more information about a low-income apartment waiting list?

The easiest way to get more information about many low-income apartment waiting lists is to contact the property manager directly. Most managers can be reached by phone, email, or both methods of communication.

Many housing agencies have websites, but not all sites have in-depth details about their apartments. So, contacting the agency directly is usually the most effective way to find out if a waiting list is open, how to apply, and other important apartment requirements.

How does a waiting list for low-income apartments work?

Renters must first submit an application to a housing agency with an open waiting list for a low-income apartment. If a apartment's waiting list is not currently open, applications cannot be submitted.

After applying and getting qualified for the waiting list, the household will be added to the list. Waiting lists that are open indefinitely are almost always sorted by date and time the application is received. If the waiting list for a low-income apartment is only open for a specific period of time, it may be sorted by either random lottery, or date and time.

If the household is selected for the waiting list, the housing agency will send confirmation. Be aware that some waiting lists have preferences (such as elderly or local applicants), and qualified households are given priority placement over others.

After getting placed on a waiting list, prepare to wait for some time. Waiting lists for low-income apartments are usually shorter than those for the Section 8 HCV program, but applicants may still wait weeks, months, or years, depending on the area.

Once the household reaches the top of the waiting list, an eligibility interview will be held to make sure that everyone is qualified. If the household does not meet the qualifications, they can continue applying to other open waiting lists for a chance to get a low-income apartment.