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Waiting List Information

How do I get on the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list?

When the Section 8 waitlist is open, it will be published in the OWH (Sunday paper under "houses for rent"), Omaha Star, and EL Perico newspapers and on this website at least seven business days prior to the date applications will be accepted. Instructions on how to apply, date and time, will be listed in the advertisement.


How long will I have to wait before I receive Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher assistance?

Currently the estimated wait for assistance is six months to two years.


I am homeless or I need immediate assistance. Why can’t I get my Section 8 now?

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is not an emergency housing program. Applicants are placed on the waiting list according to the preferences as well as the date and time of their complete application.


What happens if I move before I reach the top of the Section 8 wait list?

It is your responsibility to notify Omaha Housing Authority of any changes so we can reach you when you reach the top of the wait list. Information can be mailed or dropped off at:

1823 Harney Street, Omaha, NE 68102


Chapter 4 of the Administrative Plan details Applications, Waiting List, and Tenant Selection. Please click on the Administrative Plan link to review the chapter in detail.