We have written this article as a guide to help our readers know what they can do to give themselves the very best chances at reaching the top of the wait list and then be approved for a section 8 housing choice voucher.
Must do #1:
Keep track of your application info. This includes the contact info for the Housing Authority that you applied to. Keep the date and time that you applied, your personal contact info you applied with, including your email address, phone number, physical address etc. Keep all information about your application in a safe place that you can easily find. You will need this information!
Must do #2:
Give your Housing Authority time to process your application. Depending on how you applied, it will take some time to process your application, it could be minutes, days or longer. After applying will receive a notice that your application has been processed or is being processed.
Must do #3:
Confirm that you are on a housing wait-list. This means that your application has been processed and that you will be contacted once resources for vouchers become available. Many applicants fail to confirm that they are on a wait list due to an unforeseen issue or error with their application. After applying for section 8, your housing authority will confirm either by email or mail that your application has been received, reviewed and that you are on the wait list. This is one of the most important steps in the entire process of applying for rental assistance and section 8.
Must Do #4:
Be Available, your housing authority will contact you for a housing briefing once your application reaches the top of the wait list and resources become available. This is a notification you don’t want to miss. As we suggested above, make sure the personal contact information you gave the Housing Authority when you applied is accurate and notify the HA if your contact information changes.
Must Do #5:
Follow up, if you have any other questions about your application it is best that you contact your housing authority where you applied and ask them directly. You don’t need to do this daily but if you are unsure about anything it is best that you don’t wait. Be diligent and get your questions answered.
We are sure that if you follow these steps that you will increase your chances of reaching the top of the housing wait list. Leave a comment if you have any other questions about what to do after applying for section 8 and a member of our staff will respond.