Join the waitlist for Section 8 Vouchers

New Jerseyans who want to join the waiting list for Section 8 housing vouchers can submit preliminary applications beginning at 9 a.m. on January 17th, 2023.

Successful pre-applications will be selected through a random lottery process. Applicants who qualify for a preference will receive priority placement on the waiting list. Preferences include United States Armed Forces veterans and their spouses, people experiencing homelessness, domestic violence survivors, local residents, and people with disabilities. A total of 20,000 households will be selected in the random lottery, enabling those households to be added to the waiting list to be awarded vouchers as they become available.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older to apply or be an emancipated minor. An email address is required to apply. If an applicant does not have one, they can create an email address during the pre-application process.

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Applicants who are disabled and need assistance with submitting their pre-application can contact the Department of Community Affairs at (609) 292-4080 and select Option 9 from the menu. Assistance is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, seven days a week or by emailing [email protected]

Applicants selected in the random lottery to be placed on the Section 8 HCV waiting list will be notified via email, which may take several weeks. Pre-applications are due by 5 p.m. on February 3rd, 2023. Applicants can check their status after February 24th, 2023.

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