PUBLIC HOUSING OPEN WAIT LIST
The Public Housing Program (not HCV/Section 8) provides assistance to help low income
persons afford safe, decent and sanitary housing. The Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) provides funds to the Sacramento City and County Housing Authorities to
administer the program in Sacramento. Once a family becomes eligible and moves into a public
housing unit, they pay a portion of their income towards the rent. The amount they pay for rent
depends on the amount of their income.
What is happening with the public housing wait list?
The Sacramento Housing Authority is opening the public housing wait list on
Monday, January 25.
This is not the Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 program.
The last time the public housing wait opened was August 2008.
Applicants can now choose to apply for housing at a specific site.
We are also opening a wait list specifically for elderly residents age 62 and older.
These lists will be open until further notice.
How has the wait list process changed?
Instead of having one centralized wait list for all of the public housing communities, there are
now separate wait lists for public housing communities.
What wait lists are open?
You can now apply directly to the community where you would like to live.
The following wait lists for multi-family housing communities are now open:
Alder Grove Marina Vista Twin Rivers
916 Revere Street 240 Seavey Circle 321 Eliza Street
Sacramento, CA 95818 Sacramento, CA 95818 Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 264-1551 (916) 264-1571 (916) 264-1588
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How do I apply for one of the Community’s wait list?
You can apply either online or with a paper pre-application.
To apply online, go to the office at the housing community where you want to live and obtain an
Once you have an access code, use any computer with an Internet connection and go to
You will need to enter your access code to complete an application for Twin Rivers, Marina
Vista or Alder Grove.
Or, you can choose to submit a paper pre-application.
You can pick up the form at the housing community office. You must mail the pre-application to
the address listed on the pre-application form.
The Housing Authority is not receiving completed pre-applications—they must be mailed in.
Please do not submit a pre-application on line as well as a paper pre-application for the same
site. This is extra effort and one pre-application will be eliminated as we don’t keep duplicates.
How do I apply for the “Elderly Only” wait list?
You can apply online or use a paper pre-application.
Go to www.sacwaitlist.com and submit a pre-application electronically from any home or public
computer with Internet access. The pre-application will be submitted immediately and you will
receive a confirmation number that is your receipt.
NO ACCESS CODE IS NEEDED FOR THE ELDERLY ONLY WAIT LIST.
Or you can pick up a paper pre-application from most community centers in the Sacramento
Mail the completed pre-application to the address listed at the bottom of the form.
Do not submit pre-applications to any of the SHRA/Housing Authority offices
Do not submit an online application AND a paper pre-application for elderly only wait list.
Which is best, applying online or with a paper pre-application?
It is much better to submit your pre-application online because:
• The online pre-application is submitted immediately and a confirmation is immediately
sent to the applicant.
• The paper pre-application has to be mailed in and this may take a week or longer.
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• When you submit the pre-application online, the computer will make sure that you
complete all the required fields.
• If you mistakenly skip a question on the paper pre-application, there is no way to remind
you to fill in the blank.
When will I hear from someone about my pre-application?
If you submit your pre-application online, you will immediately receive an electronic confirmation
number and that is your receipt. Write down this number and keep it for your records.
How will the pre-applications be sorted?
All applicants will be placed on the wait list in the order in which their pre-applications were
received, according to bedroom size. Families that need units with special accommodations will
be considered separately.
If an applicant turns in a pre-application first, will they be assisted first?
Not necessarily. It depends on what size unit is needed compared to what we have available. It
also depends if the applicant needs a rental unit with special modifications, for example a
wheelchair accessible unit.
What about applicants who are already on the Public Housing wait list? Should they
No, these applicants were on the centralized wait list. We now have different wait lists for
These applicants should have received a letter in December inviting them to choose the
community where they would like to live so that they can be placed on that wait list. Applicants
who responded to the letter do not need to apply again. Applicants will keep the original date
and time that they applied for the centralized wait list.
What about applicants on the HCV (Section 8) wait list? Can they apply for public
Yes. Applicants who are already on the HCV wait list but not on the Public Housing wait list are
welcome to apply for public housing. This is a different program entirely.
What if someone submits more than one pre-application?
Only one pre-application will be received per household per wait list. Duplicates will be
Can people apply to more than one wait list?
Applicants can submit one pre-application to each separate wait list. Each community
maintains a separate wait list.
When will the wait list close?
These wait lists will remain open until further notice. There will be announcements in the
newspaper and other media in advance of closing the wait list.
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