What are the main types of subsidized housing?

  1. HUD Project-Based Housing (rent based on your income)
  2. Low Income Housing Tax Credit Housing (rent based on Philadelphia median income)
  3. Public Housing (rent based on your income)
  4. Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Housing (rent based on your income)

How can I apply for HUD Project-Based or Low Income Housing Tax Credit Housing?

  • For a list of housing developments, go to PAHousingSearch and select county and preferred bedroom size.
  • Call each housing development or go in person to find out if the development is accepting applications.
  • Submit an application and follow up at least once per year to update your application and confirm that you are still on the waitlist.

How can I apply for Public Housing?

  • The waitlist for conventional Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) public housing is closed.
  • The waitlist for PHA public housing for seniors and people with disabilities is open.
  • The waitlists for non-PHA public housing are open.

You can apply:

  • By Phone: Call PHA at 215-684-4000
  • In Person: Go to PHA Admissions at 712 N 16th St (near 16th and Fairmount Ave)
  • Online: Click here.

How can I apply for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher?

The waitlist for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program is closed. The waitlist was open for 3 weeks in March 2010 and has not been open since.