The Steps in Applying to a Section 8 Waiting List


How long does it take to get a Housing Choice Voucher? The length of the waiting list to get one depends on what area you apply in. Generally, the bigger the population in the area, the longer the waiting list is.

Step 1: Get the application

As a lot of applications are, the one for Housing Choice Voucher is also available online. Another way to get an application for is through the mail or directly from the local housing office. Getting an application depends on your local housing office’s instructions. If you need assistance in filling out the application, because of disability, age, or any other reason, you may have another person or a social worker help you with it or complete the application form on your behalf.

Take note that you do not need to pay to apply for Housing Choice Vouchers.

If you decide to do the application online, you may be asked to create an account through an online portal. This is free. Note that you must have a valid email address for this. If in case you do not have an email address, you can create a free email account through different providers like Google. Remember to keep your account information safe. If you do not have a computer of your own, you may use another person's like a family member's or a friend's device. Local libraries and housing offices may have a computer lab in the premise as well. But know that the computer units in these places may be limited. When you apply online, housing authorities will generally contact you through the email address you used in your application. Make sure to access this email account regularly to avoid missing out on any notice of correspondence from them.

How can you know that a waiting list is open? They usually send out a public notice or you may check it online. These pages may have any relevant information you may need to apply. If in case that any information you need regarding an application cannot be found on the site, you may contact your local housing office directly for more information or assistance.

Step 2. Completing the application

Remember that you must fill out all the needed information in the application form. While some housing offices have a one-page application form, others may have multiple paged ones. Some offices have sections that you are required to fill out. Offices might return your application to you to fill up the missing information, but others might have your application denied.

General information needed is usually your name, Social Security Number, date of birth, mailing address, phone number, email address, housing history, and total income of all the members of your household, including children. However, if other household members are below 18 years of age, their employment income is not included.

Step 3. Application submission

Take note of the instructions on how your local housing authority's instructions on how to submit the application. If the application should only be submitted through mail, then you must follow the instructions, including the deadline. Missing the date or time deadline will get your application rejected. We must also note that multiple application submissions by one household will be rejected as well.