The PHA calculates the maximum amount of housing assistance allowable. The maximum housing assistance is generally the lesser of the payment standard minus 30% of the family's monthly adjusted income or the gross rent for the unit minus 30% of monthly adjusted income
- Learn more about renting and HUD rental assistance programs.
- Need Help?
- Privately owned subsidized housing - HUD helps apartment owners offer reduced rents to low-income tenants.
Search for an apartment
and apply directly at the management office
- Public Housing - affordable apartments for low-income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities. To apply, contact a
public housing agency
- Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) - find your own place and use the voucher to pay for all or part of the rent. To apply, contact a
public housing agency
HUD Resource Locator
- search for HUD field and regional offices, local PHAs, Multifamily and Public Housing locations, homeless coordinated entry system points of contacts, and USDA rural housing
- Local Renting Information
Rental help in your state
- find affordable rentals and special needs housing, get help with your utility bills, and more
Properties with Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC)
- List my rental property - landlords who would like to rent to voucher holders should contact their local
public housing agency (PHA)
regarding the current or upcoming vacancy. The PHA may maintain a list of available units in the area. The PHA may also be aware of locally used websites or platforms for advertising available rental units. Landlords may also consider indicating when advertising when they welcome voucher holders.
- Need Advice?
- Contact a
housing counseling agency
or call toll-free (800) 569-4287.
How to Get Help Paying Rent
If you need help paying your rent, contact your
state housing finance agency
local public housing agency office
. You may qualify for government programs to get help with your rent payments.
- Even if you don't qualify to get help with your rent payments through these agencies, they may be able to provide referrals to community organizations that might offer help. You may also search for and contact community or nonprofit organizations in your area directly for help or referral information.
What help is available?
is state-owned, affordable rental houses or apartments for low-income families, people who are elderly, and people with disabilities. Public housing is nationwide, and comes in all sizes and types, from single-family houses to high rise apartments. The program is administered by The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Am I eligible?
Public Housing Agency (PHA)
will determine your eligibility for public housing based on:
- Your annual gross income
- Whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family
- U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status
- Other local factors
- PHAs use
developed by HUD. The lower income limit is 80% and very low-income limit is 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area where you want to live.
- Because income limits and eligibility requirements vary from area to area, you may be eligible in one state, city, or county but not in another. Contact your
to learn about your eligibility for federal and local public housing programs, Housing Choice vouchers, rental assistance, or subsidized housing.
How do I apply?
To apply, contact
your local PHA
. Here's what you can expect during the application process:
- Either you or a PHA representative will fill out your written application.
- Your PHA usually needs to collect the following information to determine eligibility:
- Names of all people who would be living in the unit, their sex, date of birth, and relationship to the family head
- Your present address and telephone number
- Family characteristics (such as veteran) or circumstances (such as living in substandard housing) that might qualify your family for tenant selection preferences
- Names and addresses of your current and previous landlords for information about your family's suitability as a tenant
- An estimate of your family's income for the next twelve months and the sources of that income
- The names and addresses of employers, banks, and any other information to check your income and deductions, and to verify your family composition
- Someone from your PHA may visit you in your home to interview you and your family members to see how you manage the upkeep of your current home.
- After obtaining this information, the PHA representative should describe the public housing program and its requirements and answer your questions.
- A PHA representative will ask for documents including birth certificates and tax returns to verify the information on your application. The PHA may also talk to your employer and your other references. You will be asked to sign a form to authorize the release of information to the PHA.
How do I check the status of an application?
- Your PHA must provide written notification of your application's status. If the PHA determines you're eligible, your name will be put on a waiting list. Once it's your turn, the PHA will contact you.
- If you need assistance applying for public housing or getting information about housing programs, contact your
. If you need further assistance, contact your local
HUD branch office
Is there anything else I need to know?
- Since the demand for public housing is often larger than the amount of housing available to HUD and the local PHA, long waiting periods are common. A PHA may close its waiting list when there are more families on the list than can be assisted in the near future.
Our organization's goal is to put an end to this the issue of families remaining on the waiting list for years because there isn't any available housing.