Rental Resources: Finding Housing, Coping with Waiting Lists, and More

If you’ve found yourself in the position of needing assistance with your rent, whether for the short-term or the long-term, you probably have had your fair share of frustrations. In many cases, demand for rental assistance (especially long-term assistance in the form of Housing Choice Vouchers) far outpaces the supply of funding that is available. We’ve compiled this list of resources to help you navigate your options and get on the right waiting lists so you can find what you need.

Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8)

More than one housing authority across the state offers Housing Choice Vouchers. You can check with your local city or town housing authority to see if they offer Housing Choice Vouchers. New Hampshire Housing also offers a Housing Choice Voucher Program, but currently the waiting list is 6-8 years. Unfortunately, there is not enough money to fund all people who need assistance, and the amount of HUD funds we have received does not allow us to add people to the program at this time. However, our waiting list is still open. Application and eligibility information are available on our website.

Emergency Assistance

If you are in a position where you are at risk of losing your rental housing, local Community Action Agencies may be able to offer some short-term help. Each Community Action Agency has a Homeless Outreach Worker who assists with rapid re-housing and homeless prevention. There are some guidelines for their services: you must live in New Hampshire, you cannot be receiving Section 8 assistance or living in public housing, your income must meet their guidelines, and you must agree to work with a housing stability case manager for six months after the end of the assistance period. We have more information on our website, or you can dial 2-1-1 to get the phone number of the Community Action Agency nearest you.

Managing Your Application While on Waiting Lists

Remember that you can apply to more than one program at one time; in fact, our staff often recommends this since one program may have a shorter waiting period than another one. Regardless of where you apply for Section 8, it is important to keep your contact information current. Losing contact with a housing authority may mean losing your spot on a waiting list.

If you are on New Hampshire Housing’s waiting list, you can contact our office at (800) 439-7247 to check the status of your application. If you need to update your information, you can call, email rentinfo@nhhfa.org, or send the update via mail to New Hampshire Housing, P.O. Box 5087, Manchester, NH 03108.

Resources While You Wait

If you find yourself on a long waiting list, there are other resources you can investigate while you wait.

  • Dial 2-1-1. 2-1-1 is a toll-free number than you can dial 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to speak with someone about resources available in New Hampshire. Staff can then provide you contact information for agencies that offer health services, utility assistance, housing, homeless services, and other basic needs. Please note this is a resource line and not a direct service agency. There is also a searchable directory available on their website.
  • Check our Vacant Unit List. Our vacant unit list is updated regularly with both market-rate units that accept Housing Choice Vouchers and subsidized units. If you find a property you are interested in, you can contact the property owner directly.
  • Check the Directory of Assisted Housing. New Hampshire Housing also maintains a list of rental properties throughout the state, many of which offer income-based rents. Click here and download the copy labeled “Directory of Assisted Housing – Income-based Units Only” for the best results. If you find a property you are interested in, you can contact the property management company for application information. Please note that these properties may or may not have waiting lists and are not owned or managed by New Hampshire Housing.

If you have questions about rental assistance, our staff is available to help. You can reach us at (800) 439-7247 or rentinfo@nhhfa.org.

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