If your family's name is on the CMHA waiting list, we will begin to process your application when your name comes to the top of the list.
You cannot, however, sign up for the HCVP Program at CMHA unless you were a successful "winner" in the lottery. Due to funding limitations, the HCVP waiting list is presently closed to new applicants. When it reopens, announcements will appear in the newspaper along with directions on how to apply for the lottery.
You may apply for HCVP anywhere in the country where there is a housing authority with an open waiting list. Some housing authorities require you to live in their jurisdiction or area for the first year, and others allow you to use the Section 8 voucher anywhere you want right away. You must check the policy of the housing authority where you apply. A list of other housing authorities in the United States is on the HUD web page at www.hud.gov.
Project-Based Waiting Lists
Several project-based waiting lists remain open with preferences for families meeting certain criteria:
Intergenerational – This preference applies to applicants who are adults 55 years of age and older with legal custody of one or more minor children.
Homeless – This preference applies to homeless applicants who are applying to reside in a property designed to serve homeless households in need of supportive services.
Chronically Homeless – This preference applies to chronically homeless applicants who are applying to reside in a property designed to serve chronically homeless households in need of supportive services.
Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Moderate Rehabilitation – This preference applies to homeless applicants.
Project-based housing is different than the tenant-based voucher program that most people know. Project-based housing assistance is attached to certain specific buildings and does not transfer to private landlords in the first year.
The Housing Choice Voucher tenant-based waiting list remains closed.