When You Can’t Pay the Rent

 

 

As an adult, we have responsibilities. Whether this responsibility is for another person or whether it’s for a full time job, adulthood and responsibilities always come hand in hand. Indeed, one of the key responsibilities that often springs to mind when one discusses adulthood are the financial obligations. In another word, bills. It’s a word that is loathed by many and avoided by most as we all know, after the monthly invoices comes, our spending ability on the material goods and services we desire immediately decreases. This piece aims to provide a guide on what to do if you can’t pay rent. It will explore the various options available for an individual if they were to ever be exposed to a problem as such. Additionally this paper will also include a discussion for how we can prepare for a situation where we can’t meet our financial duties, and how we can start trying to make our money work for us.

 

 

There is no denying that houses in populated cities within America are increasingly un-affordable. In fact, New York has been voted among the top ten cities home to the most outrageously expensive real estate. This highly dis-proportioned reflection of the average American income and living standards mean that it is currently harder than it has been ever before, to live in a comfortable and decent sized apartment in the urban city. For those struggling to make ends meet, don’t fear, there are temporary as well as permanent solutions available to you in order to allow for a comfortable material and non-material standard of living.

If you are currently struggling to pay off your rent as well as other bills, don’t bury your hand in the sand and hide from the facts, here are some active solutions you can take in order to improve your predicament.

 

 

Talk to Your Landlord

One of the simplest ways to try and aid your situation is to just ask. You may surprise yourself by how understanding your landlord is, especially if you have developed a relationship with them, or have few previous incidences of late rent payments. One of the most effective ways to ask is to contact them as far in advance as possible about a potential delay in your payment. Do not send a cheque that you know will bounce back as nothing infuriates a landlord more than a sneaky and untrustworthy tenant. When you do speak to your landlord, whether this is verbally or non-verbally, it is important to also explain to your landlord your situation. Honestly describe the difficulties and challenges you are currently facing and reinforce the fact that this is a temporary issue, then explain what your plan is in order to mend and assist your financial position. Lastly, offer your landlord, if possible, some of the rent payment on time. This is likely to calm a frustrated landlord and help your case.

Identify the Root of the Financial Problem

Sometimes, it may be obvious why you have gotten yourself into this financial pickle. Maybe your expenses or income suddenly changed for the worse, or your partner moved out. The possibilities of why you can’t pay the bills are endless, however, identifying it is crucial. It won’t solve your current situation, however, it will aid and prevent a repeated incident.

Cut Out Some of Your Expenses

Reducing your expenses can be very difficult as it requires immediate lifestyle adaptation, however, nothing will be as painful as being evicted and possibly ending up on the streets. It is vital at this moment in time to divide your expenses into categories. Current obligations,’ deferrable needs,’ and mere wants and desires.’ Let me step you through each of these categories. Current obligations acts as an umbrella for those expenses that need to be paid before a deadline or will otherwise lead to severe consequences. You guessed right, rent payments fall under this category. Deferrable needs are those essential needs that can be substituted or delayed. An example of a good that falls under this category is food. While food is essential, due to the diverse and multiple options available to you, you have the ability to reduce expenses significantly in this area. Ensure you undertake extensive research to buy the cheapest food, and although this option may be unappealing, in reality all food products displayed in grocery stores are around the same quality range as all brands have a legal minimum to meet. The final category are wants and desires, and it is pretty obvious what fits in here, any expense that you can live without is classified as a want and is definitely out of consideration during financial hardship.

 

 

Short-Term Loans

Another option available to those struggling is to apply for a short-term loan. However, it is vital to note that it is strongly recommend you to obtain this loan through banks and other licensed institutions rather than online services due to greater degree of virtual danger. Unless licensed institutions due to various reasons deny your application then consideration of resorting to online services may be necessary. Before borrowing funds, it is crucial to understand what you are getting yourself into. If you are already short on cash, and your future financial situation is unpromising or unknown, you may dig yourself into further financial suffering. However, if you know you have proceeds coming through soon or in the future, this may be the best option for you.

Remember to compare fees and rates among the various options available as well as personally understand how long you’ll be required to pay off the interest and what proportion the loan expenses and fees take up of your future income, as these expenses will be undoubtedly be classified under current obligations.

Indeed, one of the best ways to avoid a situation as such is to ensure you have accumulated and built up a safety net of emergency savings. If you are already spending all of your income, maybe it is time to reflect on your expenses, re-categorize and re-divide.

177 thoughts on “When You Can’t Pay the Rent

    1. Kimberly,

      You need to contact your local Housing Authority and apply for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher.
      Please be aware most of them have very long wait lists.
      Once you are approved and your name comes to the top of the list, that is when you can find an apartment.
      Yes, Landlords do not have to accept a Section 8 Voucher.

      I hope this helps,
      Shari

        1. Breanna,

          You will need to contact the agency you applied through for their specific wait list information.
          Some Housing Authorities will not release any updates as the list can change with priority/needs of those whom have applied.
          You may also want to check the website of the agency you applied through. Some (not all) will have their wait list information posted there.

          I hope this helps,
          Shari

          1. Michael,

            Usually the Housing Authority will let you know if you qualify for the waiting list.
            Some will give out numbers, others will simply send a letter or email.

            Once you have received your confirmation, you wait.
            You may also want to see if there are other programs in your area that you could qualify for as sometimes the wait can be very long.

            Good Luck to you!
            Shari

          1. Rodney,

            You will need to contact the agency you applied through for that information.
            Each Housing Authority has their own wait list so I am not able to help you with that.
            I would also ask them if there are other programs you may qualify for in your area.

            I wish you the best,
            Shari

          2. Undra,

            We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority or program so I am not able to give you that kind of information.
            You will need to contact the agency you applied through and see if they can answer that question.
            Also, some Housing Authorities will put their wait list information on their website.

            Good luck,
            Shari

      1. I need a home r apartment for my self. I really can’t afford to pay a high rent bill. I have a car note and insurance and phone bill. Then grocery. And higines. Who can I talk to. How do I get on the list for help.

        1. Isabel,

          If you feel that you qualify for the Section 8 Program then your next step is to contact your local Housing Authority to find out if they are taking applications for their wait list.

          If you are not sure whom to contact you can go to our home page and click on your state.
          This will take you to a list of agencies in your area.
          After clicking on the link for the one nearest your location you will find their wait list status if available, application information as well as their contact information.

          If their wait list is closed you may still want to contact them to see if they have other programs you may quality for.

          Good Luck,
          Shari

      2. I never received an email or anything in the mail. However, My children and I are on the waiting list (we are homeless) can we look for apartment now?

        1. Noemi,

          No, you will need to wait until you are notified by the agency you applied through that your are able to apply for a rental.
          Just because you are on the wait list, there is no guarantee of how long that wait may be.

          Shari

        1. Christina,

          You will need to contact the agency you applied through to find this information out.

          We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority so I am not able to look up individual applications.

          Best of Luck,

          Shari

    1. Keshia,

      Have you contacted your local Housing Authority?
      They may have programs to help you build your credit as well has help you find housing.
      That would be my suggestion.
      If you don’t have your local agencies contact information you can go to our page with the map, click on your state and you will find a list of Housing Authorities in your area.

      I hope this helps,
      Shari

  1. When I first heard about the Dallas Housing Authority and The Section 8 Program I feel it was a good program. I went to the Dallas Housing Authority and applied for Section 8 and Public Housing. At that time they had a Self- Sufficient program. I was very excited when I was accepted. I was one of the first on the Jackson, Walker Settlement. I moved to Frazier Court in Southeast Dallas.
    I was a model tenet and participate in what was going on in the community. I volunteer and work to better myself. When the Revitalizing of Public Housing started I took part in assisting other tenets prepare for the move. When you are on Public Housing you are required to complete 8 hours of community services per month, if your are not working. I served on the Residential Council Board as Chaplin, Secretary, and Treasure. I also volunteer my time help the youth in our after school programs. Serving meal and various after school activities.
    One of the main goals was to be come Self- Sufficient and the Section 8 voucher program.
    Public Housing has become like a “Prison Lifetime Sentence” The manager’s are so rude and they are always right. They treat you so ruthless and talk down to you like you got a tail. They charge you for every little thing even a light bulb. If you as for a transfer the answer is: It’s the same anywhere you moved. Meaning No!!!!!!!!! They get even more indignity with you just for inquiring. They look at you like you have done something wrong directly toward them. Their voice becomes sharp and mean. The latest incident I was charge 175.00 for a door that I did not request. I received no document of when it was install are when the enter my apartment. This has become a regular pratice in the Villa Creek Housing development. Sandra Coiller is a ruthless bully!

    1. Sharon,
      I’m so sorry to hear that you have had such a bad experience.
      You may want to contact the Dallas Housing Authority again, and let them know that you have been mistreated.
      This is not acceptable behavior and they should be made aware of the problem.

      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority so that would be my suggestion for you. Try to reach out to a manager or even the city council.

      I hope this helps,
      Shari

  2. I get ssi every first of the month iam on section 8 im lookin for a house 2 bd 1ba around nashville my phone number is xxx xxx xxxx kall me any time thank you

    1. Wanda,

      I’m sorry but we are not affiliated with any Housing Authority or program so I am not able to help you find housing.
      Have you tried to contact the agency in which you received the voucher? They may have a list of landlords that will accept the Section 8 Voucher.

      I hope this helps,
      Shari

  3. Hi my name is Delilah Perez I applied 9/16/15
    xxxxxxxxxx Is the receipt number I received and I would like to make sure I am still on the waiting list I so need a place to live I am handicap and just had a brain aneurism in June 2016. Please help me my Phone number is xxxxxxxxx and my new temporary address is xxxxxxx. My Cousin does not want me using her address at all really and has told me staying here is Temporary. she is keeping my $200 of my $245 cash aid and also all of my Cal Fresh food $198. I really need the help Please.
    Thank You
    Delilah Perez

    1. Dellilah,

      I’m so sorry to hear that you are having health issues and such a hard time.
      Unfortunately we are not affiliated with any Housing Authority or Government agency so that information is not available to us.

      You will need to contact the agency that you applied through to make sure you are on their waiting list still.
      I encourage you to call them as soon as possible as it is very important to keep your contact information current with them.

      I wish you the best,
      Shari

  4. Hi…. My name is Kelly. I am a single mother of 3 small children. We were OK n a Domestic violence situatio with their father. We are looking for a safe place to live. We are in need for immediate assistance for low income housing or section 8? Please help us if you can! Thank you! God-Bless You!

    1. Kelly,
      Please reach out to your local Housing Authority as soon as possible.
      They may be able to help you find housing so you can keep your children safe.

      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority or Government agency however, if you contact them they may also be able to help you find emergency housing as well.

      If you are not certain how to contact them please go to our page with the map, click on your state, and you should find information to contact and apply with them.

      Please take care of yourself,
      Shari

  5. I am looking for apartment or housing that take section 8 voucher 2bedroom 2bath in 27616 or 27615 or 37604 i have section 8 voucher

    1. Hi Lilly,

      Unfortunately we are not affiliated with any Housing Authority or Rental agency.
      You need to contact the Agency that issued you your Section 8 Voucher. They may have a list of landlords and or apartments that will accept your voucher.

      Good luck!
      Shari

    1. Kenneth,

      I understand how hard the process can seem.
      Have you tried calling your local Housing Authority?
      Many of them have counselors that can help you with the applications process. That is what they are there for.

      Don’t give up!

      Shari

  6. I really need some assistance I have two boys and I’m living in an apartment that I can afford but I have nowhere else to go please help

    1. Hi Deborah,

      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority or Government agency.
      What you can do is find your local Housing Authority and apply for the Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher.
      You can use our site to find the agency nearest you and also get their contact information.

      I hope this helps,
      Shari

    1. Jerry,
      Because we are not affiliated with any Housing Authority I can not give you that information.
      You will need to contact the agency you applied through and they may be able to tell you where you are on the list.

      Thanks,
      Shari

  7. I need to correct my name on my section 8 application. I accidentally spelled my last name wrong. My name on the application is Jenny xxxxxxx, my name should be Jenny xxxxxxxx, that is the correct spelling of my name.

    1. Hi Jenny,

      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority or Government program.
      You will need to be sure to contact the Housing Authority or agency you applied through to let them know of the change to your name.
      It’s very important to let them know of this and also if your contact information changes.

      Thanks,
      Shari

  8. I have been on the waiting list for quite a while and haven’t hear anything from saha am living in an apartment that takes saha but need at least a one bedroom. Am a 61 yr old disabled lady living alone trying to make it just like any other person.

    1. Hi Maria,

      I’m sorry that you have been waiting so long. I know that many of the wait lists can take years to have openings.
      Have you been sure to keep your contact information current with SAHA? This is very important to do because if you name comes up on the wait list and they can’t get in touch with you they will remove you from the list.
      My suggestion would be, contact the Housing Authority and see if they can verify if you are still on the list. I would also ask if there are any other housing programs you may qualify for.

      I wish you the best Maria, I hope this helped.

      Shari

  9. I need information on low income housing, section 8 housing in manteno, ILlinois and get financial help with renting asap..from Tammy Neff

    1. Tammy,

      The Housing Authority in the Manteno area is Kankakee County Housing Authority.
      You will need to contact them for more information of what is available in this area.
      Their address is 185 St.Joseph Ave. Kankakee, IL 60901 or you can call them at 815-939-7125.

      I hope this helps you,
      Shari

  10. I Am looking for section 8 apartments… I am on disability and I don’t draw that much a month…. I need an apartment asap

    1. Tammy,
      Have you received a Section 8 Voucher?
      If not you need to apply with your local Housing Authority for their wait list. Just be aware that some wait lists are very long.
      If you have already applied and received your voucher, you may want to contact the agency from which you received it. They may have a list of local landlords/apartments that accept the voucher.

      Thanks,
      Shari

  11. I’m looking for a 1 bed 1 bath with my county section 8 voucher. Please contact me immediately when a unit becomes available please. I’m with New Directions for Veterans and was a veteran of the MaRINE CORPS. Please call my housing specialist Tina

    1. Michael,

      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority nor do we provide housing.
      Our site is to provide you with information needed to qualify and apply for housing.

      I’m sorry but we do not monitor or alert when a unit/housing becomes available.

      Best of luck,
      Shari

  12. Please contact me at my email or phone number xxx xxx xxxx as soon as you have the time so I know where I am on the list. Thank you so much.

    1. Jamika,

      I’m sorry but we are not affiliated with any Housing Authority so I can’t tell you where you are on their wait list.
      You will need to get in touch with the agency you applied through and they may be able to give you that information.

      I hope this helps,
      Shari

    1. Hi Jesus,
      Thank you for your questions.

      The first step in applying for the Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher Wait List is to contact your local Housing Authority.
      If you are not sure how to contact them please go to our home page where you will find the map, click on your state, and then look for the city nearest you.
      This tab will give you all the information you should need to #1 see if they are accepting applications #2 How to apply #3 Their contact information.
      The length of the wait list depends on what area you are in. Many states have very long wait times, and some are not even accepting applications because there are so many already waiting.

      I hope this answered your questions,
      Shari

    1. Reann,

      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority or program.
      Our site is here to provide you with the information you will need to apply for different programs that may be available.
      You will need to contact the Local Housing Authority to apply.
      If you are not sure who to contact, please go to our home page and click on your state.
      This will take you to a list of agencies in your area.
      You will find their Section 8 Wait list information, application information as well as their contact information.
      If their Section 8 Wait list is closed I would still suggest you contact them as they may have other programs open that you could qualify for.

      I hope this helps,
      Shari

    1. Tanya,
      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority so unfortunately I can not give you that information.
      My suggestion is to contact the agency you applied through to see if they can tell you where you are on their list.
      You can also go to the website of the agency you applied through. They may have access to the wait list on their portal.

      I hope this answers your question.
      Thanks,
      Shari

    1. Hi Jeffery,

      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority or Government agency.
      You will need to contact the agency you applied through to get that information.
      They may be able to give it to you, but not all will just so you know.

      You can also go to the website where you applied. Sometimes they have an applicant portal that will show you where you are on the list.

      I hope this answered your question.
      Shari

    1. Tyrell,

      Unfortunately we are not affiliated with any Housing Authority or Government Program.
      I can only tell you that there are options out there.
      You need to contact your local Housing Authority.
      They may have an emergency housing program as well as other housing available that you may qualify for.

      Thanks,
      Shari

  13. My name is karmaria lee im in need of housing i was checking for the housing waiting list and would like to see whats availableneed housing asap

    1. Karmaria,

      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority or program.
      You will need to get in touch with the agency in your area for information on their wait list.
      If you are not sure who to contact you can find it by going to our home page where you will find a map.
      Click on your state, that will take you to a list of agencies in your area.
      Here you will find Section 8 Wait list status, application information and contact information.

      I hope this helps,
      Shari

      1. Then why do. You have this website? Why.are u people even calliing ypirselves section 8 and make it seem.like this is the sight to check the wait list if your not even part of housing authority? You are misleading people big time which is wrong!

        1. Rachel,

          I’m sorry you feel like we are misleading people.
          Have you ever tried to navigate or find information on HUD’s site?
          It can be very difficult if not impossible to get the information you need there. Also, it can be very hard to navigate Housing Authorities sites as well.
          Our site provides information about qualifying for Rental Assistance. It’s intended to supply you with the rules and income limits that the Housing Authorities use according to HUD.
          We have also supplied the Housing Authorities contact information, wait list information and application information which can also be hard to find.

          Again, I’m sorry if you don’t find this site helpful
          best of luck,
          Shari

    1. Tosha,

      I’m sure every Housing Authority is different in how they notify you.
      You will have to contact the agency you applied through and find out which method they use. Some send an email, others a letter in the mail.

      Hope that helps,
      Shari

    1. Benita,

      You will need to contact the agency you applied through.
      Some Housing Authorities will tell you where you are on the Wait List, some however will not.
      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority so I can’t give you that information.

      Thanks,
      Shari

  14. I am trying to apply for housing ie. rental assistance. I am diabled for 2 years with no income. I am now penniless. I cannot figure out how to apply for section 8. Can you help me?

    1. Jo Ann,

      What you will need to do is contact your Local Housing Authority.
      They may have different programs you could qualify for.
      We are not affiliated with any agency. We provide you with a list of Housing Authorities, information on their wait list status, application information and contact information.
      You can find this information by going to our Home Page where you will find a map.
      Click on your state. This will take you to the list of agencies in your area.
      Please reach out to them, they are there to help you. Many of them also have counselors that can help you complete the application process.

      Good luck,
      Shari

    1. Hi Tyrone,

      Your first step is to confirm you qualify for the Section 8 program.
      Next you need to apply for it through your local Housing Authority if their Wait List is open.
      You can find their contact information, Wait list status and application information on our site.
      Go to our home page where you will find a map.
      Click on your state.
      From there it will take you to a list of Housing Authorities in your area.

      Best of luck,
      Shari

    1. Janet,

      Have you applied for the Section 8 wait list in your area?
      If so you need to reach out to them as each Housing Authority has their own wait list.
      They may be able to give you information.
      Also, some agencies will post information about their wait list on their website.

      I hope this helps,
      Shari

  15. I would like to apply for section 8 and ur hud housing I live in a shelter in Saratoga Springs at mother Anderson shelter I work and am in need of help getting out the shelter and in my feet again

    1. Hi Nana,

      We do not offer Section 8 or HUD housing programs through our site. We only share tips and how to’s as far as applying.
      You will need to apply through the Housing Authority in your area.
      If you are not sure how to contact them please go to our home page where you will find a map.
      Click on your state.
      Find the Housing Authority nearest you.
      There yow will find out if their wait list is open, how to apply and their contact information.

      Good Luck!
      Shari

  16. I’m currently without a place to live. Me and my grand daughter and daughter have to go from place to place every day. Please find it in your heart to help me.

    1. Felicia,

      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority or program.
      This site is here to provide you with the information you will need to apply for housing or other programs.
      You will need to reach out to your local Housing Authority.
      If you are not sure who to contact, go to our home page and click on your state.
      This will take you to a list of agencies in your area that may be able to help.
      You will find Section 8 wait list status, application information as well as contact information.
      If it says their wait list is closed please still contact them as they may have other programs accepting applications.

      I wish you the best,
      Shari

  17. i am looking for a 2 bedroom 1 bath house or apartment that accepts section 8 housing vouchers and dogs in San Jose, CA. i housing voucher is for 1,700. for 2 people

    1. Evelyn,

      We are not affiliated with any Rental programs.
      My suggestion to you would be to contact the agency from whom you got your voucher from.
      They may have a list of landlords that will accept the Housing Choice Voucher.
      You can also look up online “Section 8 Rentals” in your area. Sometimes this search will provide you with a list of places that will accept your voucher.

      I hope this helps,
      Shari

  18. I need to know if I am still on the waiting list for section 8 plz and thanks… If you can contact me I would really appreciate it

    1. Breanna,
      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority so I can not give you that information.
      You will need to contact the agency you applied through.
      They may be able to tell you.
      Please also remember to always keep them updated with your most recent contact information. This is really important.

      Good Luck,
      Shari

  19. I been on the waiting list for two years haven’t heard from them went down couldn’t speak to no one I would like to no if I’m ever going to get information form section 8

    1. James,

      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority so I am not able to give you wait list information.
      You will need to reach out to the agency you applied through.
      Many Housing Authorities will not meet with you or give you information if you just walk in.
      I would suggest you call to make an appointment or ask to speak with someone regarding the wait list.
      Some agencies will not give out any information, but they may be able to at least confirm you are on the list or tell you if you need to apply again.

      I wish you the best of luck,
      Shari

  20. I’m a single mother of 2 working 40 to 50 hours a week and living paycheck to pay check I would really would like to be one of the ones that is picked for section 8 it would take a lot of stress off of the shoulders

    Thank you

    Rebecca

    1. Rebecca,

      Have you applied for the Section 8 Wait list through the Housing Authority in your area?
      This is the first step that you need to take if you haven’t already.
      You may also want to see if they have other programs available that you qualify for.
      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority or program. We have just provided you with the information to help you.

      I wish you the best,
      Shari

  21. I applied on March 27,2016 for section 8. I am currently living in a shelter with my 3 children due to domestic violence. Your consideration to my application is greatly appreciated. I can be reached at any time on at this number xxx xxx xxxx

    1. Crystal,

      I’m so sorry about your situation and having to live in a shelter.
      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority or housing program.
      I would suggest you reach out to the agency you applied through to make sure they received your application, and to make sure they have everything they need from you.
      Also, Please make sure you keep your contact information updated with them. This is very important.

      I wish you the best!
      Shari

    1. Andrew,

      If you feel as if you qualify for the Section 8 Program you need to apply through your local Housing Authority.
      We are not affiliated with any agency so you need to take the next step and fill out an application.
      If you are not certain who to contact, please go to our home page. Here you will find a map. Click on your state.
      This will take you to a list of Housing Authorities that can help you.
      All the information you will need is listed here.

      I hope this helps,
      Shari

    1. Cynthia,

      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority so I am not able to help you with that.
      You will need to follow up with the Agency you applied through.
      It’s a very good idea though to make sure you receive some sort of confirmation that they received your application.
      Some Housing Authorities will send you a letter, some will email and others may give you a number.
      I would definitely get in touch with them to make sure they have everything they need from you so you confirm your place on the wait list.

      Thanks,
      Shari

  22. I am seriously in need of assistance because I lost 2 jobs because was no longer needed. I had no warning, Then my Social Security willows benefits went down because I had to pay for more health insurance. As of Friday, Aug 10th, I have been told that my Water, Electric will be due for payment. No exceptions.

    My health has been an on-going down hill spiral since December, 2015. I can not walk because of back and right leg pain. The Sciatica is very painful all the time. The stress of waiting for things to happen, go to school, worrying about being evicted, and having close to $400 in utility bills is more than I can Handle. Please help me get some answers if possible. I am afraid that I can’t hold off the fact that the utility dept.will shut off their services on or by 8/24.
    Thank you for your prompt reply!
    Joyce

    1. Joyce,
      I’m so sorry to hear that you have fallen on hard times.
      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority or Governmental agency, so I am not able to help you with assistance.
      I can suggest you call your local Housing Authority. They may have emergency help available for your utilities.
      If you are not certain who to contact, go to our home page where you find the map, click on your state, and it should give you a list of agencies in your area. Please contact them, they are there to help you!

      Best of luck,
      Shari

    1. Kristi,

      Have you applied for any housing programs?
      We are not affiliated with any Agency so contacting your local Housing Authority would be the place to start.
      If you are not sure how to get a hold of them, go to our home page where you will find a map. Click on your state. It will take you to a list of Housing Authorities in your area. You should find their wait list status, contact information and how to apply for housing information.

      I hope this helps,
      Shari

    1. Kelly,
      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority. They all have their own Wait lists.
      You will need to contact the agency you applied through.
      They may be able to give you that information. Also, some Housing Authorities will post Wait List information on their website.

      Thanks,
      Shari

    1. James,

      Have you contacted the Housing Authority in Baltimore?
      That is where you can apply for housing programs.
      You can find their contact information by going to our home page where you will find a map.
      Click on your state, that will take you to a list of Housing Authorities in your area.
      This will provide you with all of the information you will need such as if their wait list is open, contact information and how to apply.
      Some area’s have emergency housing but again, you will have to give them a call. They will be happy to help you.

      I wish you luck,
      Shari

    1. Kim,
      You need to get in touch with your local Housing Authority.

      They will be able to tell you if you qualify, and help you through the application process.

      You can find your Housing Authority’s contact information on our site by going to the map and clicking on your state. It will then give you a list of the Housing Authorities in that area.

      I hope this helps,
      Shari

    1. Alexis,

      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority.
      You will need to contact the agency you applied through and they may be able to answer that question for you.
      You may also try to go to their website. Many of the Housing Authorities have a portal that you can sign in and see your position on the list.

      I hope this helps,
      Shari

  23. I have been battling stage 4 cervical cancer for 8 years. Am in recovery but has left me disabled. Will be coming to Florida with my brother who is also disabled from a stroke. Neither are able to work. Still under Drs care.

    1. Lisa,
      I’m sorry to hear about your health issues. I’s so thankful you are in recovery.

      What you will need to do is find the Housing Authority in the area you will be moving to in Florida.
      If their wait list is open you can submit an application to apply for Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher.

      You may also want to contact them to see if there are other housing programs you may qualify for.

      You can find all of this information on our site. If you go to our home page, click on your state on the map it will then direct you to the Housing Authorities in that area.

      I hope this helps you and your brother.
      Shari

  24. I have been unemployed a421/2 years I’m elderly and will be home less soon I applied 4housing and I’m waiting patiently to get word My family can’t support me any more most of them r retire where can I get help ? I’m working with DVD and a job coach but time is running out

    1. Rosanne,

      I’m so sorry to hear of your situation.
      Have you asked your local Housing Authority if they have any kind of emergency housing?
      Not all areas do, but some have this option available.
      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority so my advise to you would be to
      keep in touch with your case worker where you applied and let them know of your situation.

      Best of luck,

      Shari

    1. Hi Mary,

      If your sister has already qualified/and received her Section 8 Voucher, there are many resources online to help you connect with a landlord that will accept her voucher.

      The easiest way is to Google “How to find a Section 8 apartment Listing” in your area. This should give you a place to start.

      You can also try the Local Housing Authority in your area. They may have a list of available Section 8 apartments.

      Thank you,
      Shari

  25. I pay so much in medical medicine that it’s gotten out of control .
    It cost me $ 6500.00 a year for my prescriptions and then the costs of my insurance is not to bad. That money I have to have for my prescriptions takes me out of being able to rent a house. I have been working on my credit and right now my score is 590. I’m hoping for a 2 bedroom house because I have granddaughters and grandsons that I have them spend the night they need their own room or rooms would be better. I thought I was one the waiting list and Section 8 wanted me to move to Hercules. I have my Dad that needs care every other day.And now my mom’s back is so bad she needs my help almost every day.
    They have been separated for 22 years and I need a place in Concord to be close for them. That’s why I couldn’t move that far away. So I don’t understand how I hear of all these people getting a housing voucher all the time and have more monthly income too. Please Help me,I am permanently on SSD.
    John Duarte

    1. John,
      I know each local Housing Authority only has a certain amount of vouchers which are really hard to come by.
      Many times the Housing Authority will give the Elderly or Disabled applicants priority on the wait list.
      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority so I must tell you I’m not certain, but this may be why they were moved ahead of you on the list.
      Have you tried to contact your local Housing Authority and making an appointment with a counselor?
      They should be able to answer your question and help you with your situation.

      I wish you the best of luck,
      Shari

  26. I’m on the list from when it first opened back up. Who do I contact to find out what number there on? I’m 721 on list

    1. Margie,

      What you will need to do is contact the agency you applied through.
      They may be able to give you more information as to what number they are on.
      We are not affiliated with the Housing Authorities so I don’t have access to that kind of information.
      You may also want to look at the agencies website. Sometimes they have numbers posted, or portals that will give you more information on their particular list.

      I hope this answers your question.
      Shari

  27. I’ve been on your WAIT list now for more than a year.
    I HAVEN’T HEARD NOTHING YET !
    How much longer do I have to wait before my number comes up ?

    PLEASE, PLEASE,
    Touch base with me concerning this matter.
    Thank You !

    1. Hi John,
      I’m so sorry that you have been waiting so long.
      Many of the wait periods can be years for Section 8 Housing.

      We are not affiliated with any Housing Agency or Government Program so I don’t have access to the information you are requesting.
      Have you tried to contact the agency you applied through? They may be able to give you and idea of where you are on the list.
      I would suggest you contact them to verify you are actually on the list and to see if they can tell you your status.

      I hope this helps.
      I wish you the best,
      Shari

    1. Hi Teona,
      Unfortunately we are not affiliated with any Housing Authority or Government Program so I do not have access to that kind of information.
      Have you tried to contact the agency that you applied through? They may be able to tell you where you are on the list.
      They also may be able to help you with applying for other housing programs that you may qualify for.

      I hope this helps,
      Shari

  28. Where is my name on the list I can’t find it.i mean the list it just doesn’t come up at all in computer dumb help

    1. Sheena,

      Some Housing Authorities do not publish their waiting list. This may be why you are having a hard time finding it.
      I would suggest you contact the agency you applied through and ask if they have a public list posted somewhere.
      Otherwise, you will have to wait until they contact you.
      They would be the best to contact as far as that information goes.
      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority so we don’t have access to that information.

      Thanks,
      Shari

  29. I really need to know where I stand on the list to find an apartment. I got scammed on the internet and now I had to shut my on line
    bank account down and I have no money. Can I get some advice on this and where to go next for help.

    1. Christine,

      I’m so sorry you were taken advantage of.
      Our site is here to provide you with information on how to apply if you qualify for assistance.
      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority or program.
      If you have already applied for the wait list then you will need to contact the agency you applied through. They may be able to give you that information. I don’t have access to the wait lists sorry.

      Good Luck to you!
      Shari

  30. My Husband and I have been on the section 8 waiting list for over 5 years. We’ve heard no response regarding our “spot” on this list. We have three children and our rental situation is quite overwhelming, soon to be taken to eviction court. Please assist.

    1. Arnetta,

      I’m sorry, I know the waiting part is the hardest part of the Section 8 program.
      Have you ever received a confirmation that you are on the list?
      I would suggest you contact the agency you applied through and make sure you are on the wait list.
      They may also be able to give you information regarding where you are on it.
      They could also have other housing programs you could qualify for.
      Please reach out to them, they are there to help you.

      Thanks,
      Shari

    1. Eloise,

      I’m sorry but we are not affiliated with any Housing Authority so I am unable to give you that information.
      You will need to contact the agency you applied through and they may be able to give you that information.
      Also, some Housing Authorities will put their wait list information on their website. You could try to check there.

      I hope this helps,
      Shari

  31. I would like to know where my name is on the waiting list. I have not received and email and now in desperate need of housing. The home I reside in is no going to foreclosure. I had applied in July of 2016 for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, but I have not heard anything. Is there anyway I can get information on my results. I am 64 widowed receiving SSD with 4 children under the age of 18. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanking you in advance
    Cynthia

    1. Cynthia,

      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority so I am not able to help you with that.
      Every agency has it’s own wait list.
      You will need to contact the agency you applied through to see if they can confirm your place on the wait list.
      I will tell you for the Section 8/Housing choice voucher the wait can be months or years before a place opens up so keep that in mind.
      I would suggest two things:
      1. confirm you made it onto the wait list in your area
      2. also check with them to see if there are other housing programs available that you may qualify for.
      Some of the other programs don’t have as long of a wait.

      I hope this helps,
      Shari

  32. I’ve been trying to find out where I am on the waiting list!!! Been on for at least a year! They look on the computer, there’s nothing. Send fax, got nothing back, call Nobody answers. I’m disabled with MS!!! This is crazy!! There’s no list on here!! How do I find out?????

    1. Kelly,

      I’m sorry you are having such a hard time getting information.
      I’m a little confused however, when you say they looked on the computer and they didn’t find anything?
      I’m concerned if you are even on the waiting list?
      Unfortunately each Housing Authority has it’s own wait list so I am unable to give you that information.
      You will need to keep trying to contact the agency you applied through.
      Maybe make an appointment to talk to someone.
      At this point you really need to make sure you qualified to be on the list, or else maybe re-apply.
      Sorry I’m not more help.
      I wish you the best,
      Shari

    1. Kellyann,

      Our site provides you with information about qualifying for Rental Assistance. It’s intended to supply you with the rules and income limits that the Housing Authorities use according to HUD.
      If you feel that you qualify, then the next step is to contact your Local Housing Authority to apply.
      You can find their contact information on our Home page. There you will find a map. Click on your state, this will take you to a list of Housing Authorities in your area.
      We have supplied you with their contact information and application information.

      Thanks,
      Shari

  33. I’m struggling to pay rent and I can only pay half of my cable bill and my phone bill and by me signing up for Section 8 would help me out a whole lot so if you want to get ahold of me my number is xxx xxx xxxx

    1. Shannon,

      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority or Section 8 program.
      Our site is to provide you with information regarding qualifying and applying for Section 8.
      If you feel as if you should qualify then what you will need to do is apply through your local Housing Authority.
      If you are not sure who to contact, go to our home page and click on your state.
      This will take you to a list of agencies in your area.
      Here you will find their wait list status, how to apply if it is open and their contact information.

      I hope this helps,
      Shari

    1. Robert,

      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority so I don’t have that kind of information.
      You will need to contact the agency you applied through.
      They may give you that information, some agencies however don’t because the list can change due to needs priority.
      You may also want to see the the Housing Authority you applied through has a website. Some will put wait list information there.

      Hope this helps,
      Shari

  34. My family and i are loseing our house over the next 60 days. And i know the waiting list is long but i need to know how to get us on the list. Thank you

    1. Susan,

      You will need to contact your local Housing Authority.
      If you need their contact information, please go to our home page. Click on your state, this will take you to a list of agencies in your area.
      Here you will find their wait list status, application information as well as contact information.
      If their Section 8 wait list is closed, you may still want to contact them as they may have other programs you will qualify for.

      I hope this helps,
      Shari

    1. David,

      It all depends on the where you are applying.
      Each Housing Authority has it’s own wait list.
      You will need to contact the one in your area for that information.

      Thanks,
      Shari

  35. Hello, I just want to know where can I sign up for PHA AND SECTION 8 OR SECTION 3.I get SSI and I live in public housing in Alexandria, Virginia and I want to move to Rocky Mountain HA or Wilson, N.C HA or Elizabeth City N.C.(HACE).What can I do?

    1. Edna,

      You will need to contact the Housing Authority in the area you are wishing to move to.
      You can also check our site to see if their wait lists are open for the Section 8 program and get their contact information.

      Good Luck to you!
      Shari

    1. Samuel,

      Usually after you apply the agency will send you an email or a letter letting you know you qualify to be on the wait list.
      If you have not heard anything from them, you may want to contact the Housing Authority you applied through to make sure they received your application.

      Thanks,
      Shari

    1. Coleman,

      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority.
      You will need to contact the agency you applied through to see if they can give you that information.
      You may also want to check their website. Sometimes they will put Wait List updates there.

      Thanks,
      Shari

  36. I just wanted to know if I’m approve for section8 housing or voucher because I’m in a situation where i really need help and housing. I’m a single parent that is homeless looking for help.
    Thanks you
    Diamond

    1. Diamond,

      Have you applied for the Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher wait List?
      If not, this will be your first step. You need to contact your local Housing Authority and apply. They may also have other programs you could qualify for.
      If you have already applied then you will need to contact the agency you applied through and make sure you are on their list.

      I hope this helps,
      Shari

    1. Yvonne,

      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority.
      You will need to check with the agency in your area to see when their Wait List will be open for applications again.

      Good luck to you!
      Shari

    1. Cherif,

      You will need to contact your local Housing Authority to see if their wait list is open for applications.
      They may also have other programs you could qualify for.
      If you are not sure who to contact, please go to our home page and click on your state.
      This will take you to a list of agencies in your area.
      Here you will find wait list information, application and contact information.

      I wish you the best,
      Shari

    1. Joana,

      You will need to contact the agency you applied through. They may be able to give you that information.
      Sometimes they will also put list updates on their websites.

      Did you get confirmation when you applied that you are indeed on the list?

      Shari

      1. Nitzandra,

        If you go to our home page and click on your state this will take you to a list of agencies in your area.
        Click on the one nearest you, and here you will find their contact information.

        Thanks,
        Shari

    1. Steven,

      You need to contact the agency you applied through and make sure you get them the updated information.
      This is very important.
      Usually they will have information on their website on how to do this.

      Shari

  37. I applied on the 26 of September when the list was opened on line I would like to know if I have a number yet and what is the selection process? Thanks

    1. Undreda,

      You will need to contact the agency you applied through.
      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority or program. They each keep track of their own wait list.
      Usually but not always they will email you or send you a letter confirming your place on the list.
      If you have not heard anything I would defiantly call them and see if they can give you that information.

      Thanks,
      Shari

    1. Kimberly,

      Usually the Housing Authority you applied through will provide you with a number on their wait list.
      Most will also send you an email or a letter confirming your place on the list.
      You will need to contact the agency you applied through and they may be able to give you this information.

      Thanks,
      Shari

  38. I applied for section 8 more than 5 years ago in san diego and i have not heard from them and i want to know where im at on the list. Im 100% disabled thru social security and my health is getting worse.

    1. Ernie,

      Did you receive confirmation that you are on the list?
      I would reach out to the agency you applied through to make sure you are still on it.
      It’s very important to keep your current location and contact information updated with them.
      If you get in touch with them they may be able to give you more information.

      Good luck!
      Shari

    1. Veronica,

      You will need to contact the agency you applied through. They may be able to give you that information.
      You can also look on their website as some will post updates there as well.

      Thanks,
      Shari

  39. I’m just reply to see how much longer well it be to find out were I am on the section 8 waiting list sent I sign up of this year of October 2, 2016. Thank I really do appresite

    1. Jessica,

      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority to so we do not have access to Wait List information.
      You will need to contact the agency you applied through to see if they supply that information.

      Thanks,
      Shari

      1. How,do u find out if your name on waiting,list I am,having problems finding,out I keep,receive emails but still not sure how all,this works

        1. Jessica,

          Have you applied through your local Housing Authority?
          If so you need to contact them to see if they can give you an update on your application.

          If you haven’t applied then that is your next step. If you feel as if you qualify then please go to our home page and click on your state.
          Here you will find a list of agencies in your area with their wait list status, application information and contact information.

          I hope this helps,
          Shari

  40. My name is Victoria Zamora, I am 31 with a 4yr old and 1 on the way. I am due in April. I have been struggling to get Section 8 rolling, this process is a little more complicated than expected. I am a single mom, trying to get a roof over our heads asap. I understand the waiting list is a priority to get my name on, if have a chance at a place. I am in Idaho, south of Boise. What is my best route to begin and complete the starting process? Any advice is appreciated. I figure Section 8, low income, or HUD may be viable options for my girls and myself. Thanks again

    1. Victoria,

      I would suggest you contact the Housing Authority nearest you location.
      If you are not sure whom to contact, please go to our home page where you will find a map.
      Click on your state and this will take you to a list of agencies.
      After you find the one nearest you click on it and you will find Wait List information, application information and their contact information.

      If you need help with your application please give them a call. Most agencies have help for you with that.
      I would also see what other programs you may qualify for.

      I wish you the best,
      Shari

    1. Lorna,

      Every Housing Authority keeps their own wait list.
      You will need to contact the agency you applied through and they may be able to give you that information.
      Also, some will have wait list information on their website. You could also check there.

      Thanks,
      Shari

  41. I’m trying to get on section 8 because I’m getting custody of my four children and it’s just going to be me and them and it would be a big help

    1. Raul,

      If you feel as if you qualify then please contact your local Housing Authority to see if their wait list is open.
      Please keep in mind that the wait in some areas can be long so you may also want to see if there are other programs offered that you could qualify for.

      I wish you luck,
      Shari

    1. Joyce,

      You will need to be sure to contact the agency applied through and get them that information.

      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority so I can not update your personal information.

      It’s very important though that you get it to them.

      Thanks,
      Shari

  42. hi my name is Lisa and I live in Ct need to relocate to FL asap and need to apply for open section 8 and wait list in or near Hollywood, FL. I need assistance on how to apply and get on wait list. please respond asap. thank you

    1. Lisa,

      You will need to locate the Housing Authority in that area and check to see if their wait list is currently open.

      If you go to our homepage and click on the state you ware wanting assistance through you should find a list of agencies there.

      Good Luck,
      Shari

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