Section 811 Housing Program for Persons with Disabilities

Section 811 Housing Program for Persons with Disabilities

Section 811 is a government program that allows persons living with disabilities to live as independently as they can. The government provides these persons with affordable and subsidized housing options and easy access to services that can help with support.

Who qualifies for Section 811 Housing?

To qualify for Section 811 housing, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have at least one member of the household (an adult) living with a disability. Disability includes physical disability, developmental disability, and chronic mental illness. Single individuals and families without children also qualify.
  • Applicants of any citizenship can apply, except the apartment has different housing program requirements.
  • Your household must make 50% less than the Area Median Income or 30% less for properties built after 2021.
  • You must meet the HUD Rental Assistance Income Qualifications.
  • Have a good track record as a tenant in other properties. Your former landlords may be contacted as references.
  • Have no criminal record or conviction of an offense, as previously convicted criminals may find it challenging to access Section 811 housing.
  • Must provide accurate information at all times during your application.

How do I apply to a Section 811 Waiting List?

To apply the Section 811 waiting list, here are the essential steps you need to take:

Step 1: First, find a Section 811 apartment in your area and contact the persons in charge via a phone call or send a message. Next, apply for Section 811 housing via any of these three methods: Online, mail, or in the housing authority’s office. To be on the safer side, look out for the preferred application method for your housing office and choose that method.

Step 2: Fill in the application form with accurate information. Usually, Section 811 applications require the name, gender, date of birth, and Social Security Number, income, and assets of members of your household. It may also require your previous housing history.

Step 3: Submit the application based on the housing authority’s instructions to avoid disqualification.

What Do I Do After Applying for a Section 811?

  1. Wait for one or two weeks for your application to be processed. You can confirm from the property manager how long the process usually takes.
  2. Confirm your waiting list status with the property manager. If there is none, move into the housing unit that has been provided for you.
  3. If you are on a waiting list, find out the estimated waiting list time from the property manager to help you keep abreast of your application.
  4. Check in periodically to follow up with your application. If you applied online, correspondences would be sent via email, so look out for them. Reply immediately when they contact you so that you can show your interest in the unit.
  5. Once a housing unit is available, you will be called for a final, in-person eligibility interview with the landlord or property manager.
  6. After Step 1 – 5 is done, you can now move into your housing unit. a decent and safe house.


What is the Section 811 voucher?

A Section 811 voucher is a federal rent subsidy for low-income tenants living with disability. The Housing and Community Development Act of 1992, authorized vouchers for eligible households who qualified to receive Section 811 housing benefits.

Also known as “Mainstream vouchers,” Section 811 voucher is administered under the same rules as the Section 8 voucher.

When you receive a voucher, you are responsible for finding a preferred housing unit of your choice where the owner or landlord agrees to allow you to rent under the program. To qualify for this voucher, you must have a meager income and need a decent and safe house.

Is Section 8 and 811 the same thing?

Under The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), numerous programs offer housing assistance.

Section 8 housing is a government program that allows landlords and homeowners to rent out their property at a subsidized and affordable rate for low-income tenants.

Section 811, however, offers the same benefits but to low-income persons living with a disability.

What is a Section 811 request?

Just like in Section 8 housing, Section 811 request or Request for Tenancy Approval (RTA) is sent to the housing authority when applicants need a Section 811 housing unit approved.

When the household submits this RTA, the Public Housing Agency (PHA) will contact the unit operator to schedule an inspection. This process is usually carried out within 15 days of submitting the request, and the tenants are notified.


  1. Who do I contact & how do I get an app for rehousing program?
    Also how can I get onto the 811 program when I can't seem to get any apps to any housing. I don't have any family or friends that can run by these places to get me any and I'm in a wheelchair and haven't been out of this house since I got here. I don't have any vehicle to get anywhere. Please help me. I need help and really don't know how or where to get it.

    1. For application for the rapid rehousing program, you can click here for further details on how to apply. Also you can visit to get information on how to access your application online for convenience.

      1. I like to apply for one of your homes section 8 disability and it’s just me 3**-***-**** Joseph D W. ***** Detroit Michigan

  2. Yes, I need to get an application for section 811 emergency housing. I came here from NASHVILLE and I'm about to be kicked out of where I'm staying at ******** because I don't want to have a 'relationship' with my so called friend!
    He has given me 30 days and 10 of them have already passed.
    I'm in desperate need. I am on social security disability and am going through a lot of different medical issues.
    Can you please help?
    Thanks so much!
    Tammy H.

    1. Kindly visit the local housing authority closest to you to apply for the Section 811 housing voucher. To get a list of PHA nearest to you, check right here.

  3. Emma, I do not know how to get an Emergency Housing Voucher, a Housing Choice Voucher, Or a mainstream Voucher. I'm in trouble here and so very confused. I don't know of any PUBLIC housing authorities besides the 2 I went to, but one was for seniors and only applied to that specific building. The other, I don't think was for seniors but it was for that specific Building. I'm missing something. Can you help me?

    1. Visit the HUD website to get all the details and information you need to complete your application process. You can also get the address and phone numbers of the appropriate PHA office to visit to start your application process.

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