A New Opportunity for Affordable Housing: A Comprehensive Guide to NYCHA's Housing Choice Voucher 2024 Waitlist

New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is pleased to announce the reopening of the waitlist for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, commonly known as Section 8. This vital program is designed to help low-income families afford safe, secure, and sanitary housing in the private market. 

Under the HCV program, participants find housing suitable for their needs and budget in neighborhoods of their choice. A portion of the rent is paid by the tenant, based on income, with the balance covered by the subsidy.

Applying for the HCV Program

Applications for the HCV Program can be submitted online starting June 3, 2024, and will remain open until June 9, 2024. We guarantee every applicant an equal chance to be placed on the waitlist, regardless of the submission time during this period.

Should you lack internet access or prefer to apply through traditional means, a limited number of paper applications are available upon request as a reasonable accommodation. These can be picked up from NYCHA Customer Contact Centers in Brooklyn and the Bronx from June 3 through June 7, 2024. All paper applications must be postmarked by June 28, 2024, and sent via US Mail.

Prioritizing Need

NYCHA acknowledges the diverse needs of applicants and has instituted priority codes to ensure the most vulnerable populations, such as the mobility-impaired, the elderly, and persons with disabilities, receive due consideration.

Income Eligibility

Eligibility for the program is based on the household’s gross annual income, with established limits in place that scale with family size. For instance, a family of four must have a gross income not exceeding $77,650 to qualify. 

Furthermore, a maximum family size of 8 must have an annual household income not exceeding $102,500, while a single-person home requires a maximum yearly income of $54,350. 

Open to All

It is important to note that all members of the public, including current NYCHA residents, can apply for the HCV program without any residency restrictions within New York City.

Post-Application Steps

After submission, you can update contact and household information through NYCHA’s Self-Service Portal. For changes in name, Social Security number, or date of birth, assistance is available through NYCHA’s HCV hotline.

The entire application process, which takes about 20 minutes, requires information on household members, including income and criminal background. Documentation will only be necessary if you proceed to the interview stage.

Looking Ahead

The waitlist will be established by August 1, 2024, and applicants will be notified. This notification will grant access to check application status through the Self-Service Portal. The automated selection process will randomly assign 200,000 applications to the waitlist, but the application does not guarantee placement.

Maintaining Your Application

NYCHA will send an Application Renewal notice every two years, prompting applicants to update their information on the Self-Service Portal to indicate continued interest in the program.

After Voucher Issuance

Once eligibility is confirmed, and a voucher issued, applicants will be briefed on the program details. Generally, voucher holders contribute 30% of their monthly gross income to rent. The search for a home can begin, with up to 180 days allowed to secure housing.

A Positive Wave of Change

The waitlist reopening marks a significant step forward in NYCHA's commitment to promoting affordability and quality of living for all New Yorkers. With clear guidelines and accessible support, the process of obtaining aid for housing has been streamlined to help more families find a home that meets their needs. 

We encourage all qualifying New Yorkers to apply to this program, which symbolizes hope and stability for many. Together, we move closer to the goal of ensuring that every family has access to a home that is not just a shelter but a foundation for prosperity and growth.

For a more in-depth look at the HCV Program, check out NYCHA’s Section 8 FAQ page.


Take note that the Housing Choice Vouchers Program waitlists in your area could be opening soon. Stay updated and informed. 

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