Housing applications are available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or through programs offered by state and local agencies. These include the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Economic Development and the New York City Housing Authority, according to HUD.
Low-income individuals and families may apply for HUD housing through a local Public Housing Agency. Application for state or local housing may be subject to the specific rules enforced by individual agencies, the type of applicant and the type of housing required, the New York Housing Authority reports. Broadly, the application process includes the completion of a housing assistance form accompanied by supporting documentation, reference checks and inspections by the housing authorities, according to HUD.