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How do you check up on the low income housing list?

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development website has an easy-to-use search tool for low-income housing in each state. Simply select the appropriate state from the drop-down menu and click "Next."

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The next page asks for further details such as city or ZIP code and apartment type to allow the tool to show the most appropriate housing results. At this stage, you can also specify the number of bedrooms desired.

Certain state websites may also offer housing search tools to help low-income families in the area locate suitable properties. These lists include sites that offer non-portable rent subsidies that, unlike Housing Choice Voucher Programs, apply only to the development concerned and cannot be taken to other properties. This lack of flexibility can make this type of housing easier to acquire, as it is less generally desirable.

It is illegal to discriminate against persons with Housing Choice Vouchers, so people with such vouchers may benefit by independently locating private landlords with properties available at a reasonable price. If the voucher will cover most of the costs of the desired housing, it may even be possible to negotiate a discount from the landlord because of the guaranteed nature of the payment.

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