What Is the Average Wait on a Section 8 Waiting List?


Quick Answer

The average wait time for the Section 8 waiting list depends on the location. In San Diego, it is eight to 10 years, though it may be more or less time in another location.

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The best thing to do is visit the local county government page and find the Affordable Housing or Section 8 area of the website. This should list the approximate waiting time for Section 8 housing. It is also important to note that some lists close when too many people are on them. A list reopens when families voluntarily remove themselves or get Section 8 housing. The eligibility for adding a name to the waiting list depends on the household size and income.

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