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How to Apply to Public Housing & Eligibility Requirements

How to Apply

“Elderly Studio Waitlist is Open” Apply Here:

Reasonable Accommodation

In general, an accommodation is any change in PHA policies or procedures that would enable an individual with a disability to enjoy equal housing opportunities.  To request a reasonable accommodation, please use the following form: Request for Reasonable Accommodation.

The Application Process

There are several steps in the PHA Public Housing application process, as outlined below.

Submit an Application:

As of 2020, the PHA only accepts applications via their online application portal. Unfortunately, due to the overwhelming length of our current wait list for public housing and project based housing, the PHA closed its wait list at 12am on Oct 1, 2020 and nearly all public housing waitlists  remain closed.

On August 1, 2021, the PHA reopened the public housing waitlist for single person households ages 58 and older only. This is for studio apartments in elderly-only buildings – if you are at least 58 years old and have a one person household you can apply at

We will keep everyone posted as to when we plan to reopen any other public housing waiting lists in the future.  Note: Our Section 8 voucher waitlist remains open at

Receipt Confirmation:

Applicant receives a confirmation email stating the application date, bedroom size, and expected time on the wait list.  Please note that these times are only estimates.

Waiting List:

Applicants will be placed on an Authority-wide wait list based on bedroom size, as well as date and time of application.

Screening & Verification:

When you are nearing the top of the list, the PHA will begin the screening process.  They begin by looking at household income to see if it falls within HUD’s income limits.  Limits, updated annually, are based on the area median income for the Providence Metro Area; 2020 limits are found on the chart.

Program  Limit Level Persons in Household
Area Median Income (AMI):


2 3 4 5




Public Housing Limits Low (80%) $54,150 $61,900 $69,650 $77,350 $83,550 $89,750 $95,950 $102,150

After reviewing documentation of family composition, income and assets, the PHA will look at landlord references, court records, & police records (5 year look back).

They may also check character references or conduct home visits.


When an appropriate unit becomes available, you will be notified.

Read more about the application, waiting list, and selection process on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

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