Open Public Housing Waiting Lists By State

There are 4,057 housing authorities across the country, many of which provide housing resources to their community through Public Housing.

There are 1,803 Public Housing Waiting Lists that are open now for Families and Individuals. 115 of those waiting lists 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 have applications available online.

Waiting Lists
State Family/Individual Senior/Disabled
Alabama 14 0
Alaska 0 1
Arizona 2 0
Arkansas 70 0
California 7 0
Colorado 20 0
Connecticut 9 0
Delaware 2 0
District Of Columbia 0 0
Florida 37 0
Georgia 125 0
Hawaii 0 0
Idaho 6 0
Illinois 68 0
Indiana 21 0
Iowa 34 0
Kansas 63 0
Kentucky 72 0
Louisiana 70 0
Maine 16 0
Maryland 14 0
Massachusetts 51 0
Michigan 84 0
Minnesota 87 0
Mississippi 32 0
Missouri 76 1
Montana 8 0
Nebraska 64 0
Nevada 3 1
New Hampshire 12 0
New Jersey 31 0
New Mexico 19 0
New York 60 0
North Carolina 77 0
North Dakota 11 0
Ohio 34 0
Oklahoma 77 0
Oregon 8 0
Pennsylvania 59 0
Puerto Rico 0 0
Rhode Island 14 0
South Carolina 23 0
South Dakota 16 0
Tennessee 67 0
Texas 68 0
Utah 10 0
Vermont 8 0
Virginia 20 0
Washington 20 0
West Virginia 32 0
Wisconsin 74 1
Wyoming 6 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.