Table Of Contents
- Advice – Don’t Be Fooled
- Closing Soon!
- Opening Soon!
- Open Indefinitely In California
Section 8 wait lists rarely open and when they do they don’t stay open for long!
Section 8 is a federal Housing assistance program for low income people and people with disabilities, etc. which subsidizes the monthly rent by paying 2/3 of it directly to the landlord, leaving only 1/3 to be paid by the tenant.
Section 8 wait lists rarely open and when they do they don’t stay open for long! This is due to the sheer number of applications they receive during open enrollment. Therefore, people lucky enough to make it on a list can expect anywhere from a couple years to over a decade for their name to move up to the top. But, this program is worth the wait!
Many municipalities allow applicants to submit their applications online, even if they don’t live in the county, or even the State, that the waiting list is located in. This means that any American, no matter where in America they currently live can apply for and be offered Section 8 housing help from any county in the country.
However, once your application is granted and you begin to receive your subsidy, you have to use your voucher to rent a place within the county that accepted you.
it is highly recommended that you apply for every waitlist you can!
The good news, and most people don’t know this, is that you only have to live in that county for the first year. After that, you are free to move anywhere in the country and take your voucher with you. As long as you can find a landlord who agrees to accept Section 8, that is.
Because the program is so helpful, and since the turnaround time is so long, and due to the fact that you can move wherever you’d like after your first year in the program, it is highly recommended that you apply for every waitlist you can!
And don’t fret too much if you don’t meet the income requirements, or whatever, at this time. These opportunities are too rare to pass up and you never know where your situation will have taken you by the time your name hits the top. Waitlists have been known to close down for years at a time. It’s better to get your application in while you can than to let the opportunity slip you by. The worst that could happen is you simply don’t qualify when your name comes up. The best that could happen is you finally can afford to pay rent, feed your children, and have a more secure and less stressful life. You deserve it!
2. Advice – Don’t Be Fooled
According to AffordableHousingOnline.com if you see something resembling the following on an application
“If you do not live/work in [the relevant county], then we anticipate that your name WILL NOT be reached on our waiting list. If you live outside of our area, it is suggested that you contact the housing authority that covers the area in which you live.”
Some housing authorities use this wording to dissuade non-local applicants of applying. The [Housing Authority] cannot deny your application simply if you are a non-local applicant. Prospective applicants may apply to any open Section 8 waiting list in the country.
Last Updated on 07/17/2017.
that’s just a ploy by the county to keep you from applying. Don’t fall for it. You can apply anyway!
3. Closing Soon!
- Memphis, Tennessee | 10/13/17 5:00 PM CT
- Scottsdale, Arizona | 10/13/17 5:00 PM MT
- Benzie, Charlevoix, Kalkaska, & Leelanau County, Michigan | 12/15/17 5:00 PM ET
4. Opening Soon!
- East Chicago, Indiana | 10/12/17 9:00 AM CT
- Los Angeles, California | 10/16/17 6:00 AM PT
- Butte & Glenn Counties, California | 10/17/17 12:00 AM PT
- Multi-County, Michigan | 10/30/17 8:00 AM ET
- Westchester County, New York| 11/08/17 12:01 AM ET
5. Open Indefinitely In California
- City of Encinitas
- King’s County
- National City
- Port Hueneme
- Riverside County
- San Diego County
- San Diego Housing Commission
- San Mateo County
- Stanislaus County
- Tulare County
- Plumas County, Lassen County, Sierra County
- Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, Petaluma
- Suisun City
- Santa Ana