What is the Waiting List screening process? When will I receive a voucher?

When your application is near the top of the list: 

  1. A record request (background check) will be sent to you. Return this by the deadline as described in the letter and email. 
  2. Some time after we receive your record request, you will be informed of a required eligibility interview and sent the "Initial Declaration," which is the full application packet. Complete this and gather the requested documents to bring to your applicant eligibility interview.
  3. Once you have been found eligible and a voucher is available you will be brought in for a Section 8 Briefing. You must attend a Section 8 Briefing where you will receive the voucher.

Vouchers are only available when one is no longer in use by a current voucher-holder. Therefore, we cannot predict the rate at which vouchers will be made available. Wait time for those with the residency preference (described below) is typically 18 months or longer.  

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1. Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Frequently Asked Questions
2. How will I know if the Section 8 Waiting List is open? When will it open again?
3. How will I know if I am on the Waiting List for Section 8 HCV or not?
4. If I need help with the Haven Connect Portal, what can I do?
5. I've applied for Section 8. What is my status or number on the Waiting List?
6. What is the Waiting List screening process? When will I receive a voucher?
7. What do you mean "preference"?
8. I applied and have not received a letter or a phone call. Will I?
9. How do I obtain a Login for the Applicant Portal? I have lost my confirmation number, what do I do?
10. After I apply, why does it take so long to receive assistance?
11. How do I change my address or phone number? How do I add another household member? How do I update my income/report a new job?
12. Why should I update my application?
13. If I have a felony will that automatically make me ineligible? What about rental history or other criminal activity?
14. How will I know what size of home I can apply for with a Section 8 voucher?
15. My family includes citizens and/or permanent resident non-citizens. My family also includes non-citizens who are not Permanent Residents. Are we still eligible for Section 8/Low-Income Public Housing?
16. What would my rent be with a voucher?
17. I have been denied. What can I do?
18. Where are the homes I can rent?
19. I have been discriminated against in my search for housing. What can I do?