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Housing Choice Voucher Applying to Waiting List

The Waiting List is closed!


The Housing Opportunities Commission generally opens its Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly known as the “ Section 8 Program”) wait list once a year.

You may ONLY apply for the HCV program while the wait list is OPEN.

When the HCV wait list opens, it will be advertised at least 30 days prior to the opening date on this website, and in local newspapers, such as the Montgomery Gazette, Montgomery Journal, and El Pregonero.


What Happens After You Apply


All applications mailed to HOC with postmarks during the open period of the waiting list are placed into a "pool" of applicants, and names will be drawn at random by lottery as funding is available. The names chosen will be invited by mail to participate in the program.


If your Name is Chosen

  • HOC will contact you by mail, asking you to complete the enclosed forms and provide the requested documentation. An appointment will be scheduled for you to be certified for the program. You must bring the forms, along with any documentation requested to your HOC appointment.


  • If you do not speak English, you may bring a translator with you to your appointment.


  • During your first meeting with HOC, you will meet with an HOC representative who will review your information to determine if you are eligible to receive voucher assistance. The HOC representative will review your annual household income, your citizenship status, and he/she will initiate a criminal background investigation on each adult member of the household (18 years of age or older).

  • If you are determined eligible for HOC voucher assistance, you will receive a letter notifying you of your eligibility for assistance. That letter will also schedule you to attend a second appointment at HOC to receive your voucher. Your voucher is proof that you are in the Housing Choice Voucher program.

  • If you are determined ineligible for HOC voucher assistance, you will receive a letter explaining why you were denied housing assistance and providing information should you wish to contest the decision.

  • Once you receive your voucher, you will be given detailed instructions on how to go about finding affordable housing.