Pre-Applications Open for MHA Section 8 Housing Program

MHA will accept online pre-applications anytime between Monday, March 21 at 8 a.m. and Friday, March 25 at 5 p.m. CDT.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Memphis Housing Authority is now accepting pre-applications for its Housing Choice Voucher program (Section 8) waiting list.

According to a statement, MHA will accept online pre-applications anytime between Monday, March 21 at 8 a.m. and Friday, March 25 at 5 p.m. CDT.

The pre-application must be completed online and accessible from any computer or smartphone with Internet access. Applications will not be accepted at the Memphis Housing Authority office.

The free pre-application is a short form used to obtain only basic candidate information. Submitting a pre-application does not guarantee that an applicant will be placed on the waiting list, which is capped at 10,000 people.

The selection and ranking of applicants will be randomly determined by a digital lottery process once the pre-application phase is complete – not by when the pre-application was submitted during the opening period.

“This pre-application period is a critical step in providing fair, accessible and affordable housing opportunities to Memphis residents,” said Dexter Washington, CEO of Memphis Housing Authority. “The pre-request should take less than 30 minutes and only asks for the most basic information from a person – information they probably know by heart.”

After the end of the pre-application period, duplicate submissions will be removed so that each applicant has only one entry into the random selection process. Written notices will be sent within 12 weeks of the closing date advising pre-applicants whether or not they have been selected for the new waitlist.

All Memphis Public Library locations offer free computer and Internet access for applicants to the Housing Choice Voucher Program. People with disabilities who need help submitting the pre-application can call the Tennessee Relay Service at 1-800-848-0298 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CDT during the hours of operation.

Click here for more information on the Memphis Housing Authority.

Click here for more information about the Housing Choice Voucher program and to submit an application.

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