NYC Section 8 Voucher Waitlist Reopens: Apply from June 3-9, 2024 – Everything You Need to Know!

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For the first time in 15 years, NYCHA is excited to announce the reopening of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program waitlist after a 15-year hiatus. That’s right, if you live in New York City and have been waiting for affordable housing, now is your chance, and maybe your only chance, to get it. Eligible residents can apply for this valuable housing assistance from June 3 to June 9, 2024. The waiting lists are only open for one week, and who knows when they will be open again, It could easily be another 15 years. This is a significant opportunity for those in need of affordable housing solutions in New York City.

NYC Section 8 Voucher Application Process

Applying for the NYCHA Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program can seem daunting, but we’re here to simplify it for you. The process has two main methods of application: online submission and paper application. Each method has been designed to accommodate all applicants, ensuring everyone has a fair chance to apply. Remember, whatever method you choose, you need to make sure to apply now, because the waitlist is not open for long. So make sure to read this entire article and act fast.

Online Application Process: What You Need to Know 

The preferred and most accessible method is the online application (HERE). This allows you to complete your application from the comfort of your home at any time during the application period. The only requirement is internet access and a device, such as a computer or smartphone. This also makes sure that your application is accepted before the deadline, and that it is done correctly. Since there wont be time to do it again, make sure it’s done right the first time.

Before you start, make sure you have all the necessary information on hand, including details for all household members, head of household information, and emergency contacts. This will streamline the process and help avoid any unnecessary delays, because there isn’t enough time for a delay.

Requesting a Paper Application: Instructions and Deadlines 

If you require a reasonable accommodation or lack access to the internet, NYCHA also offers paper applications. To request a paper application, you can contact NYCHA’s HCV application hotline [718-218-1525], and they will mail one to you. It’s crucial to complete and mail back the paper application by the specified deadline (June 28, 2024) to ensure your application is considered. 

 Visit the following facilities to obtain one in person:

Brooklyn Customer Contact Center

787 Atlantic Ave., 2nd Fl., Brooklyn, NY 11238

Bronx Customer Contact Center

478 East Fordham Road, 2nd Fl., Bronx, NY 10458

HPD Client Services

100 Gold St., Room 1-0, New York, NY 10038

Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Remember, whether you apply online or via paper, it’s essential to double-check all the provided details to avoid any errors that could delay your application.

Essential Documentation for Your Application

  • Household information (all members): Full names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers (SSN) or confirmation if an SSN was never issued
  • Demographic information (e.g., sex, race, ethnicity)
  • Disability status for any household member
  • Head of household information: All of the above information, plus contact information (mailing address, email, telephone number), family size, household’s total annual gross income
  • Pregnancy status for any household member (including due date)
  • Criminal and sex offender status for any household member
  • Eviction history and dates (if applicable)
  • Reason for applying for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
  • Emergency contact details

You do not need to send documentation when first filing the application.

Eligibility Criteria for NYCHA Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher

To qualify for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, several criteria must be met. Firstly, the program is designed to assist low-income families, ensuring that those most in need receive housing support. An important requirement is that at least one family member must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen. Additionally, the household income must not exceed 50% of the area median income (AMI), ensuring that the program targets truly low-income households. 

Here are the maximum income limits based on family size: 

  • 1 Person: $54,350
  • 2 People: $62,150
  • 3 People: $69,900
  • 4 People: $77,650
  • 5 People: $83,850
  • 6 People: $83,850
  • 7 People: $96,300
  • 8 People: $102,500

Meeting these criteria is essential for eligibility, so make sure to review your household income and family composition thoroughly before applying.

Understanding Waitlist Prioritization

The waitlist for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program will be compiled through a random selection process, ensuring a fair chance for all applicants. Priority, however, will be given to certain groups, including individuals with mobility impairments, seniors aged 62 or older, and people with disabilities. This prioritization helps ensure that those with the greatest needs receive assistance more swiftly.

Additional Information and Assistance

If you have any questions or need further assistance with your application, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can contact NYCHA’s HCV application hotline at (718) 707-7771. For in-person assistance, visit any NYCHA walk-in centers, where staff can guide you through the process. 

It is important to note that no documentation is needed at the initial application stage. However, if you are selected, you will be required to provide the necessary documentation at a later stage. Make sure to keep all relevant documents handy for when that time comes.

How much would I pay for rent if I was chosen?

As an HCV participant, you typically contribute 30% of your monthly income towards rent. It’s also crucial to note that NYCHA ensures that your rent doesn’t exceed 40% of your family’s adjusted gross income when you first move in. This safeguard helps maintain affordability and stability for participating families.

What Happens After You Apply: Next Steps

Once you’ve successfully submitted your application for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, the next step is the waitlist process. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect: 

  • Application Confirmation: You will receive a confirmation that your application has been submitted. Ensure to save this confirmation for your records.
  • Random Selection: Applicants are selected for the waitlist through a random lottery. This ensures a fair selection process for everyone.
  • Notification: If you are selected, NYCHA will notify you via mail and provide further instructions. Ensure your contact details remain current to avoid missing important updates.
  • Background Checks and Documentation: Selected applicants will undergo a criminal background check and will need to provide additional documentation, such as proof of income and citizenship status. Be prepared to gather and submit these documents promptly.
  • Renewal and Updates: Your application remains active for two years. During this period, you’ll need to review, update, and renew your application every two years to stay on the waitlist. Failure to do so may result in removal from the waitlist.
  • Voucher Issuance and Briefing: If you reach the top of the waitlist, you will be issued a Housing Choice Voucher and invited to a mandatory program briefing. This briefing will help you understand how the voucher program works, your responsibilities, and the next steps to securing housing.

If you have any questions or need assistance at any stage, you can reach out to NYCHA’s HCV application hotline or visit one of their offices for in-person support. Your persistence and proactive approach in maintaining your application can significantly impact your chances of securing housing through this program.

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