How the Directory of Assisted Housing Can Help You

When people think of rental assistance, they often think of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers as a first option. However, with high demand and a limited amount of assistance available, it’s important to know your options. One alternative resource is our searchable Directory of Assisted Housing, which lists rent-assisted properties throughout the state.

I found an apartment I am interested in. What do I do?

If you find a property you are interested in, contact the property management company directly. New Hampshire Housing does not own or manage any of the properties listed in the Directory of Assisted Housing.

Are these apartments available now?

The properties in the Directory of Assisted Housing have their own application processes, and waiting lists are possible. However, these waiting lists may be shorter than our list for Section 8 assistance, which is currently at ten years or more. Because there is substantial variation among waiting times for different properties, we encourage anyone seeking assistance to apply to as many as possible. For apartments that are available now, check our Subsidized Vacant Unit list, which is updated regularly.

Why do you list housing authorities?

The town and city housing authorities listed may have their own pubic housing programs or Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher programs. New Hampshire Housing’s Section 8 waiting list is separate from these housing authorities’ waiting lists. Again, we encourage anyone seeking assistance to apply to as many resources as possible.

Why aren’t there any properties listed for my town or city?

Unfortunately, some areas of New Hampshire have a limited amount of rent-assisted housing available or even none at all. Although New Hampshire Housing finances these types of affordable developments, it does not decide where rent-assisted housing is located. Private developers are the ones who bring projects forward and decide where they want to build housing. Then, it is up to local cities and towns to decide what types of developments move forward based on local planning and zoning requirements.

If you are still having problems finding the assistance you need, you can dial 2-1-1 toll free from anywhere in New Hampshire to speak with someone about housing, health, and service resources. You can also search the online 211 NH directory at www.211nh.org.

Click here for information about our Housing Choice Voucher program.

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