Open Low Income Housing Waiting List in Virginia

Find applications for 5 open low-income apartment waiting lists in Virginia. Get the information needed to apply for HUD rental housing that can’t be found anywhere else.

Virginia Housing Authorities

Abingdon Redevelopment And Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Abingdon Redevelopment And Housing Authority Closed

Abingdon Redevelopment And Housing Authority 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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Accomack-Northampton Regional Housing Auth

Accomack-Northampton Regional Housing Auth serves Virginia.

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Albemarle County Office of Housing

Waiting ListStatus
Treesdale, The Crossing and Crozet Meadows Closed
Scottsville School Apartments, Near Elderly Closed

Albemarle County Office of Housing 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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Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority Closed
Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority Closed

Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority 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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Arlington County Department of Human Services

Arlington County Department of Human Services serves Virginia.

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Bay Aging

Bay Aging serves Virginia.

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Big Stone Gap Redevelopment And Housing Auth.

Big Stone Gap Redevelopment And Housing Auth. serves Virginia.

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Bristol Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Bristol Redevelopment and Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Bristol Redevelopment and Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Buchanan County Board of Supervisors

Buchanan County Board of Supervisors serves Virginia.

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Buckingham Housing Development Corp. Inc.

Buckingham Housing Development Corp. Inc. serves Virginia.

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Campbell County Department of Social Services and Rental Assistance Office

Campbell County Department of Social Services and Rental Assistance Office serves Virginia.

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Central Virginia Housing Coalition

Central Virginia Housing Coalition serves Virginia.

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Central Virginia Resource Corporation - Main

Central Virginia Resource Corporation - Main serves Virginia.

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Central Virginia Resource Corporation - Prince George

Central Virginia Resource Corporation - Prince George serves Virginia.

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Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice
Crescent Halls Open Until Further Notice

Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Chesapeake Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Chesapeake Redevelopment and Housing Authority Closed
Homeless Permanent Supportive Housing Open Until Further Notice

Chesapeake Redevelopment and Housing Authority is accepting applications for a waiting list now.

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Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services

Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services serves Virginia.

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City of Manassas Housing Office

City of Manassas Housing Office serves Virginia.

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City of Winchester Housing Choice Voucher Program Office

City of Winchester Housing Choice Voucher Program Office serves Virginia.

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Clinch Valley Community Action

Clinch Valley Community Action serves Virginia.

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Covington Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Covington Redevelopment and Housing Authority serves Virginia.

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Cumberland Plateau Regional Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Cumberland Plateau Regional Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Cumberland Plateau Regional Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Cardinal Village, Cedar Terrace, Ingram Heights, and Pleasant View Closed
Cardinal Village, Cedar Terrace, Ingram Heights, and Pleasant View Closed

Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority 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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Dickenson County Rental Assistance

Dickenson County Rental Assistance serves Virginia.

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Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
The Arden and The Residences at North Hill Apartments Closed
Ovation at Arrowbrook Closed
Madison Ridge Closed
Audubon Apartments, Studio Closed
Rental Assistance Demonstration Closed
View all 10 Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Waiting Lists.

Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority 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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Fluvanna-Louisa County Housing Foundation

Fluvanna-Louisa County Housing Foundation serves Virginia.

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Franklin Redevelopment And Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Franklin Redevelopment And Housing Authority Closed

Franklin Redevelopment And Housing Authority 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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Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Hanover Community Services Board

Hanover Community Services Board serves Virginia.

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Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Franklin Heights 1-5 Bedroom Closed
J.R. Polly Lineweaver Efficiency and 1-Bedroom Senior/Disabled Open Until Further Notice

Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority is accepting applications for a waiting list now.

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Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services

Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services serves Virginia.

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Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
1, 2, 3 and 4-Bedroom Closed
1, 2, 3 and 4-Bedroom Closed

Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority 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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Housing Connections

Housing Connections serves Virginia.

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James City County Office of Housing

James City County Office of Housing serves Virginia.

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Lee County Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Lee County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Lee County Redevelopment and Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Loudoun County Department of Housing and Community Development

Loudoun County Department of Housing and Community Development serves Virginia.

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Lynchburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Jefferson House Apartments, 55+ Closed
Lynchburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority Closed

Lynchburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority 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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Marion Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Marion Redevelopment and Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Marion Redevelopment and Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Nelson County Community Development Foundation

Nelson County Community Development Foundation serves Virginia.

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Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Aqueduct, Marshall Courts, Pinecroft and Ashe Manor Apartments, 1, 2, 3 and 4-Bedroom Closed
Orcutt Townhomes l Apartments, 3-Bedroom Closed

Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority 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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Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Diggs Town Phase l, 3 and 4-Bedroom, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program Open Now
Homeless Single Room Occupancy Closed
Retreat at Harbor Point Low-Income Housing Tax Credit - Closed
Cottage Bridge and St. Paul Apartments Limited Closed
Church Street Station Limited Closed
View all 18 Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Waiting Lists.

Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority is accepting applications for 3 waiting lists now.

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Norton Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Norton Redevelopment and Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Norton Redevelopment and Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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People Inc. of Southwest Virginia

People Inc. of Southwest Virginia serves Virginia.

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Petersburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Pecan Acres and Pin Oaks, Multi-Family Closed

Petersburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority 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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Piedmont Housing Alliance

Piedmont Housing Alliance serves Virginia.

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Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Hope Village Apartments, 3-Bedroom Open Soon
Seaboard Square l & ll Apartments, 2-Bedroom Open Soon
Accessible Units, 1, 2 and 3-Bedroom Open Soon
Hamilton Place I and Hamilton Place II Closed
Dale l & ll Apartments, 1, 2, 3 and 4-Bedroom Closed
View all 8 Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority Waiting Lists.

Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, but will begin accepting applications for 1 waiting lists soon.

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Prince William County Office of Housing and Community Development

Prince William County Office of Housing and Community Development serves Virginia.

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Radford City Rental Assistance Office

Radford City Rental Assistance Office serves Virginia.

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Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services serves Virginia.

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Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
New Clay House II and Cary West Closed
Multi-Property Closed
The Alexander at 1090 Apartments Closed
Multiple Properties Closed
Townes at River South, 3 and 4-Bedroom Closed
View all 16 Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority Waiting Lists.

Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority 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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Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Indian Rock Village and Jamestown Place Closed
Scattered Sites Closed
Lansdowne Park Development, 2, 3 and 4-Bedroom Closed
Jamestown Place, 3 and 4-Bedroom Closed
Villages at Lincoln Closed
View all 8 Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority Waiting Lists.

Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority 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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Rockbridge Area Rental Assistance Office

Rockbridge Area Rental Assistance Office serves Virginia.

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Rooftop of Virginia Community Action Program

Rooftop of Virginia Community Action Program serves Virginia.

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Scott County Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Scott County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Scott County Redevelopment and Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Shenandoah County Department of Social Services

Shenandoah County Department of Social Services serves Virginia.

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Staunton Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Staunton and Augusta County, Virginia Open Until Further Notice
Staunton Redevelopment and Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Staunton Redevelopment and Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Step Inc

Step Inc serves Virginia.

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Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Closed

Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority 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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Sussex County Housing Office

Sussex County Housing Office serves Virginia.

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Virginia Beach Housing and Neighborhood Preservation

Virginia Beach Housing and Neighborhood Preservation serves Virginia.

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Virginia Housing

Virginia Housing serves Virginia.

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Waynesboro Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Waynesboro Redevelopment and Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Waynesboro Redevelopment and Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Williamsburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
2, 3, 4 and 5-Bedroom Closed
1-Bedroom Closed

Williamsburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority 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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Wise County Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Wise County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Wise County Redevelopment and Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Wytheville Redev. and Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Wytheville Redev. and Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Wytheville Redev. and Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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York County Housing Office

York County Housing Office serves Virginia.

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Are Public Housing Waiting Lists Open in Virginia?

As of June 28, 2024, AHO is tracking 5 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 Virginia in the last few years?

During the last three years, there were 116 Public Housing waiting lists open for at least a day in Virginia.

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

Public Housing waiting lists in Virginia were kept open an average of 234 days over the last three years.

Many waiting lists were kept open only a short time. In the last three years, 49.1% were open seven days or less and 3.4% 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, 28.4% of Public Housing waiting lists in Virginia that opened had a preference for local residents.

To what extent do housing authorities in Virginia 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 84.5% of waiting list applications in in Virginia over the last three years.

How fair is waiting list placement in Virginia?

Random lotteries were used by 13.8% of housing authorities in Virginia 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 Virginia before being offered a unit?

Households spend an average of 27 months on a waiting list before a unit becomes available for them in Virginia.

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

Public Housing households served by housing authorities in Virginia include:

  • 25% headed by seniors
  • 19% with a person with a disability
  • 48% with children
  • 29% 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 Virginia?

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 Virginia, VLI households make up 94% of voucher-holding households.

ELI households make up 79% 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.