MHACY’S HOUSING APPLICATION PROCESS
A. Waiting Lists for Public Housing & RAD Units
MHACY utilizes site-based waiting lists to ensure apartment offers for units it owns and/or manages are based on the applicant’s location choice, as opposed to the general availability of a unit. Separate site-based waiting lists are maintained (a) for Senior and Disabled applicants, and (b) for families. The site-based waiting lists for Senior and Disabled applicants is currently closed. Due to a large number of applicants, the Board of Directors determined to close the list effective 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
The site-based waiting lists for families is closed. Families who were previously on the Authority’s Public Housing Waiting List have been transitioned onto the new site-based waiting lists in sequence, based upon type and size of unit, preferences, accessibility features and date and time their original application was received. Once the site-based lists have been exhausted, applicants will be selected from MHACY’s Housing Choice Voucher waiting list.
Once an applicant is reachable on any site-based list, the applicant will be given one offer of an apartment, and in the event they reject the offer made to them off of a site-based waiting list, their name will be removed from all other site-based lists that MHACY maintains.
B. The Section 8 Waiting List
The Section 8 waiting list is currently closed. Due to budgetary constraints the housing authority is not issuing new vouchers at this time.
Presently there are over ten thousand applicants on the waiting list. As a result, we anticipate it will be many years before the waiting list reopens. If you have already applied please make sure to retain your confirmation number and advise the housing authority in writing of any change of address.