Section 8 Waiting List in New Jersey

The New Jersey Section 8 housing waiting list 2017 has openings in 39 counties throughout NJ. Many of the 80 housing authorities offer priority status to certain communities, such as the disabled, the elderly and families who have small children. Applicants who do not fall into these priority groups may have a longer than usual wait for affordable housing in their area. "When will the Section 8 waiting lists open, again?" many who are on the low income housing waiting lists often ask. The answer depends on the county in which one applied and the particular low income housing waiting lists that a person is currently on. In some counties, such as Newark, the low income housing waiting lists is still open for senior housing but North Bergen is open for all types of housing.

Those who are on the low income housing waiting lists in NJ are placed there after going through a stringent vetting process to determine actual need. Those who are on the Section 8 waiting lists in New Jersey, regardless of region, have been determined to meet not only the income thresholds, but also have met criteria pertaining to citizenship, background checks and household composition. No one may be placed on the Section 8 waiting list without first going through the application process. When an applicant's name rises to the top of the Section 8 waiting list 2017, they will be contacted as soon as there is a vacancy.

For more information about the Section 8 waiting lists in New Jersey counties, refer to the following topics:

  • The Section 8 housing program application waiting list in New Jersey
  • Remaining on the low income housing waiting list in New Jersey
  • How to check waiting list status for Section 8 in New Jersey

The Section 8 Housing Program Application Waiting List in New Jersey

The information about Section 8 waiting lists in NJ, and which are open or closed, are posted online and can be readily accessed. Additionally, in some counties there are three separate low income housing waiting lists, which include housing for seniors and the disabled, emergency housing and regular Section 8 housing (project based and tenant based). Some of these low income housing waiting lists may be open in a county, while others are closed.

Those who do find their names included on a current low income housing waiting list will also receive a confirmation code so that they can periodically check waiting list status for Section 8 for their county. While the Section 8 candidate will not be able to view others whose names are on the list, the candidate can learn what their position is on the list, and if their application is still considered active.

Remaining on the Low Income Housing Waiting List in New Jersey

The Section 8 housing program application waiting lists in NJ are periodically purged to remove inactive members from the lists and to create additional vacancies for those who would like to apply to the program. The way this purge of the Section 8 housing program application waiting lists occurs is that the housing agencies will send a document by regular mail requesting that the candidate update their information and indicate their desire to remain on the list. Failure to respond in a timely manner will result in removal from the Section 8 housing program application waiting lists.

How to Check Waiting List Status for Section 8 in New Jersey

The NJ low income housing waiting lists are updated periodically and can vary from one county to the next. Some low income housing waiting lists update weekly, while others will not update for months, or even years. Inquire with the particular housing authority where the application was submitted to find out how often the lists are updated. Applicants looking to check waiting list status for Section 8 in NJ can go online, use the code provided and learn if their position on the list is still considered active or not. Once the candidate's name rises to the top and a vacancy becomes available, they will be notified by regular mail. NJ low income housing waiting lists that are currently closed will make an announcement in the newspaper and on the radio when they reopen.


What is Section 8?

The Section 8 program was created by the federal government to assist low-income individuals and families with finding affordable private housing. To learn how you can become a member of this assistance program, download our helpful guide today. Beneficiaries of the program have a percentage of their rent covered by the government via housing subsidies, which are administered on a local level by public housing agencies or PHAs directly to landlords. Section 8 members are allowed to choose apartments, townhouses or even modest homes in this program, but the landlord must accept government subsidies in order for the provided housing vouchers to be used. Learn more about how you can qualify for housing assistance and discover the steps to file an application by clicking here.


How much will my housing subsidy be?

As a Section 8 beneficiary, you will pay the difference between your landlord’s rent amount and how much your housing subsidy covers. To find out how you can get a housing subsidy, download our guide now. If you are accepted into the Section 8 program, your public housing agency will calculate the maximum assistance you can receive. Your maximum housing assistance will either be the total rent of your apartment/home minus 30 percent of your adjusted monthly income or it will be the payment standard less 30 percent of your adjusted monthly income, whichever amount is lower. To find out how Section 8 can benefit you today, click here.