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HCV Waiting List

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) Waiting List — CLOSED

The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List is now closed.

For current clients on the waiting list, you can check your list status at any time, call: 412-520-3848 or, visit the HACP Applicant Portal.

First-time users will need to create an account. Once your account is active, you will be able to see waiting list status only and make changes to addresses and phone numbers. You will not be able to add additional members to LIPH/Section 8 application or make changes to your LIPH Site Selections or update LIPH/Section 8 income on this site.

  • Additional information is available by contacting the HACP Occupancy Department at 412-456-5030 or email
  • For those who are deaf or hearing impaired, you may also contact the HACP at 412-201-5384 / TDD: 412-201-5384.

Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List Frequently Asked Questions

When will the waiting list open again?

The Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) waiting list is currently closed.

Where can I apply?

Applicants can submit their pre-applications through the HACP website using any computer, laptop, or smartphone with internet access.

Is it okay to have someone apply for you if you need help using the computer?

If you do not have internet access and/or a computer, internet access and/or a computer are available at your local Community Center or any Public Library. In most cases, staff can assist with online access - but cannot assist with filling out an application.

Can I submit more than one application?

You can only submit ONE application for the Housing Choice Voucher program. Applicants who submit more than one application could result in having ALL applications removed from the waiting list.

What if I did not submit an application?

You will have to wait until the HCV waiting list is accepting applications again. We cannot accept applications once the waiting list is closed.

How long will it take to fill out my pre-application?

It will take roughly 5 to 10 minutes to complete the online pre-application, depending on the size of your family or other factors such as internet connection.

What information will I need to complete my pre-application?

You will need names and dates of birth for each family member who will be living with you, Social Security numbers for all family members, and income of all family members. Have a pen and paper ready to write down your confirmation number.

What is the format to type dates of birth on the pre-application?

To enter the head of household and family members’ dates of birth, use the following format: xx/xx/xxxx (Ex. If your birthdate is Jan. 1, 1960, you would type: 01/01/1960 in the box).

What do I do if the pre-application will not continue, especially if I am using a mobile phone?

Make sure you have typed the information correctly, and there are no special characters added to the boxes by mistake.

What if I owe money or have a criminal background?

Anyone can apply for the waiting list. If you are denied for any reason after your full application is processed you will have 15 days after your denial letter is mailed to request an informal hearing (grievance).

Are pre-applications only accepted online?

Yes. The online process allows each pre-applicant to apply at a time and place convenient for you regardless of your work or personal schedule. It also eliminates the need for standing in line and makes the chance of getting selected fair for all pre-applicants.

What if I'm disabled and don’t have internet access, a computer, or smartphone and can't find help?

Applicants may request information about getting help with the application by calling our office at 412-456-5030.

Does getting on the waiting list mean I am guaranteed a voucher?

A pre-application only puts you in a pool of pre-applicants. All pre-applicants will be put in order on the waiting list via random sorting system and HACP local preference. Pre-applicants will then be invited to attend a processing session, after which HACP will determine if you are eligible to receive a voucher.

Please note: Because HACP will be placing all successfully submitted pre-applications on the waiting list, depending on the number of pre-applications submitted, a significant amount of time may pass before an applicant is contacted by HACP (2 or more years).

How can I check if I am on the waiting list?

All pre-applicants placed on the waiting list may check their status by going to the HACP Applicant Portal after March 21, 2024, and check to see if you have a current status or you can call our automated system at 412-520-3848.

Only applicants with a current application and status will be able to check to see what number they are on the list.

How long before I get a voucher?

Because HACP will be accepting all successfully submitted pre-applications, HACP is unable to accurately forecast when a pre-applicant will receive a voucher. However, you may always check your applicant status by going to the HACP Applicant Portal after March 21, 2024, or by calling our automated system at 412-520-3848 to check to see if you have a current status.

Only pre-applicants with a current application and status will be able to check to see what number they are on the list.

Please note: HACP will no longer check your applicant status over the phone - you will be required to check your status online or via our automated phone system at 412-520-3848.

Do I have to live in the city to apply?

You do not have to live in the City to apply. You may be required to live in the City of Pittsburgh for at least one year if and when you do receive a voucher and are admitted into the program.

Can I apply by myself if I am a single individual?

You can apply if you are a single individual unless you are a full-time student with no dependents and are claimed as a dependent on another person’s income taxes.