OUR MISSION  

In keeping with the rural character of the hamlets and villages of the Town of Southampton, the mission of the Southampton Housing Authority is to develop affordable mixed-income housing opportunities.

The Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Waiting List FAQS

As of July 21, 2014, the Southampton Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Waiting List is closed until further notice. NO Applications postmarked later than July 21, 2014 will be accepted.


HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM

WAITING LIST


Why is there a waiting list?

Unfortunately there are approximately ten times more people in need of housing assistance than the Federal government provides funds to serve.   Funds are limited so the number of households that can be assisted is limited. The Town of Southampton Housing Authority (TSHA) is allocated funds to provide assistance to a set number of families. Names are taken from the waiting list as additional funds are allocated or as people currently being assisted leave the program.

 

What happens after I turn in my application?  

All applications will be sorted, prioritized and assigned a number. Households wait until their name reaches the top of the waiting list. As vouchers become available, households at the top of the list will be contacted by mail. You must notify the TSHA of address changes.

 

How are applications prioritized?

Priority is based on the preferences you check on your application. The more preferences you meet, the closer your number will be to top of the waiting list (keep in mind that you must provide proof that you meet these preferences when your name reaches the top of the list).

 

What if I am not a resident of the Town of Southampton?

Preference is given to those on the Town of Southampton waiting list who live or work within the Town of Southampton.   If you do not live or work in the Town of Southampton you may want to also contact the Housing Authority that serves your area.

 

What if there are changes in my household while I’m on the waiting list?

It is your responsibility to keep your application current. You must complete an Application Update/Correction Form if there are changes in your household; we cannot accept any information by phone. Remember we must have your current address at all times since all correspondence is by mail only. If the Southampton Housing Authority attempts to contact you by mail and mail is returned to the Housing Authority by the Post Office, it may result in your name being dropped from the waiting list.

 

My friend turned in her application after I did but she is ahead of me on the waiting list. Why?

The family that submitted the application first will be given priority only if both families meet the same preferences.

 

How long will I have to wait?

Unfortunately we are unable to determine the length of time you will have to wait before your name reaches the top of the list. Names are taken from the waiting list as those currently being assisted leave the program and if new funds become available. New funds are not received on a regular basis and we do not know when funding will be available.

 

Why did my number go up?

This will happen for one of two reasons:

  • When filling out an Update Form the preferences you checked were not the same ones you checked on your previous application or application update (example: you moved to another town/city, you stopped working, or you may have forgotten to check something).
    • Other people’s updates may place them ahead of you. If a family that submitted an application before you now meets the same preferences as you, they will be placed ahead of you.

 

When can I apply?

The Southampton Housing Authority opened the Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List for income eligible families on July 21, 2011. As of July 21, 2014, the Southampton Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Waiting List is closed until further notice. NO Applications postmarked later than July 21, 2014 will be accepted..

 

REMEMBER – It is your responsibility to inform the Southampton Housing Authority of changes in address, family composition or preferences. If the Housing Authority is not able to reach you by mail, it may result in your name being dropped from the mailing list.  Print  this CHANGE FORM to advise of any new/different information and mail to our office at Southampton Housing Authority, PO Box 799, Hampton Bays, NY  11946.