Today, most housing authorities put their applications for housing on their websites. If you want to know how to apply for section 8 online, all you have to do is contact your local PHA or navigate their website.
This is how most housing authorities administer their section 8 program: An initial application is taken; the applicant is then placed on the Housing Choice Voucher Program waitlist according to the application date, time and local preference claimed. The time duration an applicant may wait for housing assistance depends on the availability of assistance. The average wait for voucher assistance is 3 years.
After applicants find out how to apply for section 8 online and has filled out an application for section 8, they are pulled from the waiting list according to their number on the waiting list. Applicants are pulled beginning with number 1. A screening appointment letter will be mailed with an interview date and time, for the applicant to provide required documents needed to determine eligibility for the program. Once all information is complied and the applicant is determined eligible the applicant will be scheduled for a briefing to be issued a Housing Choice Voucher.
Household income must not exceed the very low-income limits. "Very low-income” is a family with an annual income that does not exceed 50% of the median income for the area, as determined by HUD.
Must not have any violence or drug charges within the last 3 years
Must not have been evicted from any Federally Funded Program within 3 years
Must not owe any money to a housing authority
Must provide all required documentation (i.e. Birth certificates, social security card) for all household members