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1. What is the Housing Choice Voucher (formerly Section 8) Program?

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program is a federal funded program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program. Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies (PHAs). The PHAs receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.

2. How does the program work for a family?

After qualifying for the program, a family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family’s present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. To search for housing visit

3. How do I apply?

Currently, the HCV Wait List is CLOSED. When the HCV Wait List is open, simply visit the website, to apply online.

4. How old must I be to apply for the HCV Program?

You must be 18 years of age or older to apply.

5. What information/documents are needed to apply online?

Before you begin the pre-application please have the following information available:
• Name of all family/household members
• Sex and relationship of all members
• Street address, mailing address if different from street address
• Amount(s) of annual income received by family members
• Social Security numbers
• Race/Ethnicity
• Pen and paper to document your receipt number

6. What if I do not have the information above (i.e. Social Security number); may I submit a pre-application without the required items?

No. Your pre-application will be rejected if it is incomplete.

7. Will the pre-application be offered in multiple languages?

No. The pre-application will only be offered in English.

8. What should I do if my address or family composition changed or if I made an error on my application?

You must submit a Change of Information Form, in person or by mail to, ATTN: Intake Department, St. Louis Housing Authority, 3520 Page Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63106.

9. What if I cannot access the website?

If you cannot access the website, continue to try as the website may be busy assisting other users.

10. Can I apply with a smartphone or other electronic device?

Yes. All devices with Internet can access the online pre-application.

11. May I apply more than once?

No. Duplicate pre-applications will not be added to the waiting list. Entering multiple pre-applications will delay the processing period.

12. I have applied for Public Housing. May I also apply for the HCV Program?

Yes. As long as the HCV Wait List is open, you may apply.

13. Do I have to be a citizen of the United States to be eligible to apply for the HCV Program?

No. You do not have to be a citizen of the United States, but as least one member of your household must be a United States citizen or a non-citizen with eligible immigration status (i.e. permanent resident, refugee/asylum statuses).

14. Will paper applications be offered?

Yes. When the HCV Wait List is open, we will mail a pre-application to persons unable to apply online as a reasonable accommodation.

15. What are the income limits for HCV Program eligibility?

Click here for Income Limits.

16. What is a Local Preference?

A local preference is a system, adopted by SLHA, for selecting families admitted to the HCV Program. Local preferences are only valid for the head of the household, co-head of the household, spouse or sole member. Dependents cannot qualify a family for a local preference. Please remember that claiming a local preference does not automatically grant you a preference on the wait list. Preferences will be verified by SLHA.

17. What local preferences are available?

Click here for Housing Choice Voucher Program Preferences.

18. If more than one preference applies to my family, may I select more than one preference?

Yes. Select all preferences that apply.

19. If I apply for the HCV program, will I receive housing assistance?

No. Housing assistance is not guaranteed due to a pre-application being submitted. SLHA will determine if applicants are eligible before admission.

20. I’ve submitted my pre-application, what’s next?

You will be prompted to print the pre-application and receipt number pages. Retain these pages for your records as proof that you applied. You may check the status of your pre-application with the receipt number here.

21. How long will I be on the waiting list?

Applicants will remain on the waiting list in order of preference, date and time of the pre-application until they are selected for eligibility and admission.

St. Louis Housing Authority

St. Louis Housing Authority