Section 8 Waiting List in Virginia

To be placed on a Section 8 housing program application waiting list in Virginia, an applicant must be patient. When a candidate has submitted all of the Section 8 application forms and the required documentation, he or she must wait a total of two weeks at most to hear if he or she has been accepted and placed into the low income housing waiting list. Applicants who have been accepted into the Section 8 low income housing program will be placed on a Section 8 waiting list until housing vouchers are available. All Virginia low income housing waiting lists update independently for each county, so if a candidate does not see his or her name on the Section 8 housing waiting list 2017, chances are that he or she can check waiting list status for Section 8 housing for the local area to see if the application is on the list there. For more information about Section 8 waiting lists in Virginia, the following sections are available:

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

The Section 8 Housing Program Application Waiting List in Virginia

Currently, 16 of the 28 Section 8 housing program application waiting lists in VA are open to accept new low income housing application submissions. Due to the nature of VA's Section 8 housing program application waiting list program, there are no annual opening and closing dates for waiting lists. Each county determines when its Section 8 housing program application waiting list opens and closes. Specific information about Section 8 waiting lists in Virginia is available at all Public Housing Agencies (PHAs). Each VA PHA has low income housing waiting list information broken down by individual counties to provide applicants with precise help.

"When will the Section 8 waiting lists open in Virginia?" an applicant may ask when seeing the low income housing waiting list they were applying to is closed. Low income housing waiting list statuses are due to vacancies. If there are no vacant units available, then no housing vouchers are available. In these cases, Virginia low income housing waiting lists that are full may continue to stay closed. Some Section 8 housing program application waiting lists can remain closed indefinitely if no spots open up. Once a beneficiary leaves the program, vacancies will occur and low income housing waiting lists will open up once more to fill those spots. Every time a Section 8 housing program application waiting list opens in VA, a PHA will send out notices to inform interested parties about the change in status. Even if a waiting list is not open, it will still continue to update every few weeks. Applicants can be sure to check waiting list status for Section 8 in Virginia often in case there is an opening.

Remaining on the Low Income Housing Waiting List in Virginia

VA Section 8 housing program application waiting lists often remove lower priority candidates who do not continue to meet the program requirements. Lists are continually updated to reflect the change in position on the list, if there is any change to be reflected. If a candidate happens to be removed from the waiting list, then he or she must apply for the low income housing program all over again.

To avoid being removed from the Section 8 housing waiting list 2017, an applicant should always respond to all PHA messages. If any changes occur, the candidate must notify the PHA immediately. Changes to household size, income or address must always be updated on an application. If an application is not updated, the petitioner will be dropped from the waiting list without question. If the applicant does update their application but the application cannot be verified, this will also result in the applicant being dropped from the waiting and required to reapply for the program.

How to Check Waiting List Status for Section 8 in Virginia

To check waiting list status for Section 8 applications in VA, a candidate must have a client number. Any applicant that has been accepted into low income housing programs with a client number has the right to check waiting list status for Section 8 by law. A petitioner simply has to ask either a landlord or a PHA, or submit an inquiry online to view the waiting list and check his or her status. In some instances, a written letter of intent may be required, but in all cases, an applicant will not be able to view the low income housing waiting list without a client number.


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.