The Section 8 housing list at your local public housing authority (PHA) could contain hundreds – even thousands – of names. That’s because the demand for affordable housing is higher than the supply of available homes.
But did you know there are a few simple ways to find available units more quickly? Section 8 openings pop up frequently and may only be available for a short period of time. With the helpful tips discussed below, you can make sure you are prepared to apply for assistance as soon as it becomes available.
You do not have to apply to your local PHA. You can apply for low-income housing at any PHA with an open waiting list. In fact, applying for assistance with multiple PHAs helps increase your chances of finding an affordable home more quickly.
By submitting a HUD application to more than one PHA, you can get notified when housing becomes available. Also, some PHAs may have shorter waitlists than others. Some do not have waiting lists at all! The availability of affordable housing varies across the country.
It’s also important to look for low-income houses to rent frequently. Vacancies may be announced rather suddenly, and they are often scooped up by other applicants within the first few hours of getting posted.
By checking for Section 8 openings frequently, you can stay ahead of the curve and be one of the first to know about open spots. As more Section 8 renters move out of their housing units, PHAs may open their waiting lists back up. Depending on the PHA, you may be able to sign up for notifications to ensure you never miss an opening.
One of the best ways to find low-income housing in a pinch is to consider other areas of your state. Your local PHA may be one of the busiest; you could spend months just waiting for the list to open up. Sometimes, applicants who are on the waiting list spend years waiting for a unit to become available.
If you do not mind relocating, you could improve your chances of getting an affordable home. Moving to a less populated area might mean there are fewer Section 8 applicants waiting for a home.
You may even be able to find a list of Section 8 openings across your state and apply to all available PHAs. Then, if you are willing to move, you could take advantage of the first PHA that has an open spot.
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