- Privately-Owned Subsidized Housing,
- Public Housing, and
- the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
The government provides funds directly to apartment owners, who lower the rents they charge low-income tenants. You can find low-rent apartments for senior citizens and people with disabilities, as well as for families and individuals. To apply, you must visit the management office of the apartment(s) that interests you.
To search for a low-rent apartment in your area, please visit: https://resources.hud.gov/
You may also contact the Multifamily Housing Clearinghouse with questions by calling 1-800-685-8470. The line is staffed Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
You can search for FHA-insured or Multifamily Assisted properties at the following website: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/housing/mfh/hsgrent/mfhpropertysearch
A HUD Multifamily Assisted property includes properties that receive HUD project-based assistance through its Section 8 rental assistance program; Section 202 Housing for Low-income Elderly; or Section 811 Housing for Persons with Disabilities programs; and formerly assisted Multifamily properties with continuing use restrictions. Properties that are part of HUD’s Public and Indian Housing programs, including Housing Choice Vouchers, Project-Based Vouchers, or Public Housing, or are participating in Community Development Block Grant programs, are not part of this database and will not appear in search results.
Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program
Public Housing Agencies are responsible for the management and operation of its local public housing programs including:
- Public housing which provides rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities;
- The Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Section 8) which allows very low-income families to choose and rent privately-owned rental housing including single family homes, townhomes and apartments.
To locate your local Public Housing Agency please visit the PHA Contact Information web page at: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/pha/contacts
The Public and Indian Housing (PIH) Information and Resource Center can answer questions regarding public housing and housing choice voucher programs and regulations. The PIH Information and Resource Center can be reached at 1-800-955-2232.
In addition to federal rental assistance programs, there may be programs sponsored by your state or local government or other organizations that can help. For more information on local resources please visit our website at: https://www.hud.gov/topics/rental_assistance/local
Housing counseling agencies can give you advice on your housing situation. To find a HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agency please visit: https://apps.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcs.cfm, or call HUD's interactive voice system toll free at 1-800-569-4287.
If you’re among those financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, you might be concerned about how to pay your mortgage or rent. Federal and state governments have announced plans to help struggling homeowners during this time. For more information, visit: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/guide-coronavirus-mortgage-relief-options/
Benefits.gov is an online resource to help you find federal benefits you may be eligible for in the United States. Visit https://www.benefits.gov/ for more information and a link to the Benefit Finder, to find information on government benefits you may be eligible to receive.