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Please note this set of questions deals only with the Public Housing Waiting List. As of November 19, 2019, all applications for Public Housing are now submitted online at My Housing. If you require additional assistance, you may come to our office at 3481 North Fanning Drive in Flagstaff, Arizona during regular business hours. Documents such as birth certificates and social security cards are not required for the pre-application. These will be requested when you near the top of the waiting list.
If you wish to request a reasonable accommodation, including modifications, auxiliary aids and services due to disability in regards to applying, please contact us immediately by emailing the Housing Authority by mail to 3481 N Fanning Dr., Flagstaff, AZ 86004; or by phone at 928-213-2730. The Reasonable Accommodation form for Low-Income Public Housing is available here. You can also come into our office at 3481 N Fanning Dr. during typical business hours. Written and oral language services will be provided upon request. Please note that the Flagstaff Housing Authority lobby is currently closed to limit the spread of COVID-19.
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When you finished your online application, you received a confirmation number. If you received a confirmation number, you are on the waiting list. If you applied before November 19, 2019, you can check your status through our online portal. If you are in need of technical support, email the Housing Authority or you may come to our office at 3481 North Fanning Drive in Flagstaff, Arizona during regular business hours.
One reason we’re launching an online applicant process is to allow us to better answer this question. For now, you can contact us in writing, including by emailing the Housing Authority, to receive an update on your current status.
Remember: Those applicants with the residency preference will be housed before those that do not have it. In addition, our one bedroom waiting list has a preference for seniors or those with a disability. Lastly, we will not disclose status or waiting list position over the phone.
If you have applied for Low Income Public Housing and wish to apply for Section 8, you are encouraged to first register at the MyHousing Portal and then use the "Update Application" menu item (right side of page on most computers, at the top of the screen on mobile devices). When you reach the My Lists, you can select the Section 8 waiting list to add yourself to it.
To register, you will need your waiting list ID number or confirmation number. If you have not received or have misplaced your waiting list ID number or confirmation number, email the Housing Department or come to our office at 3481 North Fanning Drive in Flagstaff. File information is not disclosed over the phone.
These steps vary in length of time based on the length of our waiting lists and the rate at which units turn over.
The City of Flagstaff Housing Authority does not have emergency housing available. We house applicants off of the waiting list based on the date and time of application. Applicants must submit an application to be placed on the waiting list in order to receive housing. If you are seeking emergency housing, see the Flagstaff Resource Guide (PDF) and visit with the Front Door of Coconino County, the one-stop for those experiencing homelessness.
You’ll receive an offer when you’re at the top of the list and a unit is available. When your application is near the top of the list, you will receive the full application packet. Get it back to the Flagstaff Housing Authority by the deadline in your letter with all requested documents. After we’ve reviewed your application you will have an interview with our staff followed by a pre-lease briefing. If you do not have a residency preference, you will have an indeterminate wait and may never near the top of the waiting list.
No, we do not expedite applications due to individual circumstances. Each applicant family must be placed on the waiting list and go through the eligibility interview process based on the date and time they applied in order to receive housing.
Each applicant family must be placed on the waiting list and go through the eligibility interview process based on the date and time they applied in order to receive housing.
We give preference to those who live or work in Flagstaff. If you do not have a residency preference, you will have an indeterminate wait and may never near the top of the waiting list. Your residency preference status on the Waiting List is based on whether your primary residence is in Flagstaff, an adult household member works or is self-employed at least twenty hours a week in Flagstaff, or an adult household member has an offer of work in Flagstaff. If this changes for you it may change your position on the waiting list once you report. For one-bedroom units, there is an additional preference for seniors (people of 62 years or older), people with one or more disabilities, or both.
If your situation changes, please update your information through the Portal. Your preference status can change while you’re on the waiting list. Check the Applicant Portal to see updates on recently housed applicants.
Prior to November 19, 2019, the Flagstaff Housing Authority would send a pre-eligibility letter through the U.S. Postal Service. Starting on November 19, 2019, we now send an email confirmation to the email you listed in your application. The Flagstaff Housing Authority does not request or disclose information over the phone.
The Flagstaff Housing Authority has only 265 public housing units. We can’t offer assistance to a new family until one who is currently housed moves out of one of these units. By responding clearly, completely, and quickly to requests for information, you can help us house your family as promptly as possible. Be sure to keep your information up to date so that you are on the appropriate waiting lists and have the appropriate preferences.
You should update your information so that we can contact you quickly when you near the top of the list and that you are on the correct waiting list. If you fail to update your email and mailing addresses, you may miss the opportunity to be housed and/or may be removed from the waiting list. At which point you would have to reapply, losing your original application date and time.
You can update your information by submitting changes in writing through email to email to the Housing Authority; writing to us at 3481 North Fanning Drive, Flagstaff, AZ 86004; or coming to our office and submitting a change report. The Flagstaff Housing Authority does not make changes or disclose information over the phone.
It can take up to three business days or longer to approve changes, especially when our staff our on leave, such as around holidays. You cannot make additional updates until our staff resolve any pending changes.
No, felonies do not immediately make applicants ineligible. Low-Income Public Housing applicants will be screened for tenant suitability. We review criminal activity related to drug, disturbance and/or violent activity documented through police reports, landlord references and convictions. This will include credit, landlord reference, and criminal background checks. (Criminal background checks are requested for all residents 16 years or older as part of the full application.) Sex offenders under lifetime registration requirements are disqualified under federal law.
Reasons for disqualification include, but are not limited to:
Efforts to repay past delinquencies and successful completion of drug or alcohol abuse programs will be taken into account when determining tenant suitability. Lack of credit history is not cause for disqualification. If you are denied admission, you have the right to request a Grievance Hearing. Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), you cannot be denied because you were a victim of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault.
The City of Flagstaff Housing Authority can only honor requests for at least one person or couple per bedroom and no more than two people per bedroom except as a reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodations may include a room for medical equipment or for a live-in aide.
You may request a change in bedroom size once every twelve months after your initial application or following a change in family composition. That means, if you applied on January 1st of this year, you can change your bedroom size on January 1st of next year. A family composition change includes (but is not limited to)
If you are communicating a family composition change, consider if a change in bedroom size is appropriate and you may request that change in the same report. You must still qualify for the new bedroom size (one person per bedroom, no more than two, couples share a room).
Yes. HUD regulations prohibit assistance to ineligible family members, but mixed-eligibility households may receive assistance from either Section 8 or Low-Income Public Housing. However, assistance will be provided on behalf of family members who are eligible. Income from both eligible and ineligible household members are included in calculating household rent responsibility. Both eligible and ineligible household members are included in the household size when determining the appropriate income limit and eligible number of bedrooms.
Concerning Low-Income Public Housing and §13.5 of the Admissions and Continued Occupancy Plan, a household that includes ineligible family members receives a proportional reduction in their rental rental subsidy which leads to a higher rent burden. For example, a four person family where three individuals are eligible and one is not will receive 75% of the rental subsidy of a four person family where all four individuals are eligible.
Applicants are removed from the waiting list if they fail to respond to forms or requests for documentation by the deadline, for failing to check in at least every twelve months, and for voluntary removal. Maintaining an updated applicant file, including an accurate mailing address, is the applicant’s responsibility. If your email address has changed, notify us by emailing the Housing Authority or in writing to:3481 North Fanning DriveFlagstaff, AZ 86004
Include your date of birth in your correspondence. If you were removed for failing to respond to requests for documentation, you may typically appeal this removal by completing and delivering the requested documentation within ten days of your removal.
If you are outside your appeal deadline, you will have to re-apply to get onto the waiting list. Applications are not expedited due to previous removal or previous submission of documents.
If you are denied admission, you have the right to request a Grievance Hearing. Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), you cannot be denied because you were a victim of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault. Grievance Hearing requests are addressed to Kurt Aldinger, Public Housing Manager, who can be reached by emailing Kurt Aldinger and by providing a written statement to the front desk. Find more information on VAWA.
Your rent will be based on your family income. In most cases, you will pay 30% of your adjusted income toward rent. When there is a change in household income that may change your rent. When you attend a pre-lease briefing, we will give you an estimate of your rent.
The City of Flagstaff Housing Authority owns and maintains East Flagstaff Housing (Siler Homes and Scattered Sites in zip code 86004) and Flagstaff Housing West (Brannen Homes and Scattered Sites in zip code 86001). Find a map of Flagstaff Housing West, or a map of East Flagstaff Housing.
As part of the pre-application you opted for one or both waiting lists. If you applied for only one waiting list, you can apply for the second; however the new application will have a new date and time while the first application date and time will be preserved.
The City of Flagstaff is committed to fair housing. The Federal Fair Housing Act and the State of Arizona prohibit housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, and familial status. For legal assistance, the City of Flagstaff Housing Authority refers households to the non-profit DNA Legal Services and to the Southwest Fair Housing Council.
For more information see U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Fair Housing, the National Fair Housing Alliance, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Fair Housing First, Housing Discrimination Page with the Arizona Attorney General, Section 109 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Americans with Disabilities Act Title II Regulations, and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization 2013.
If you’re looking for answers about Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, visit the page on Low-Income Public Housing.
Do you have another question? Do you have a recommendation for what we should add to this page? Let us know by emailing the Housing Authority!