Various Zero to 7-bedroom Public Housing Waiting Lists Open Now – Click below to apply

Effective Tuesday, August 15,  2023 at 12:01am the Providence Housing Authority has opened its public housing waiting list for studios (zero-bedroom units) ages 50 and older, 1 bedroom for elderly/disabled only, and family units 2-7 bedrooms.

The PHA is accepting applications online only at Anyone with questions or requesting a reasonable accommodation may email or call 401-751-6400. 

Note: Our Section 8 voucher waitlist remains open at



The Application Process

Online application

The first step is to submit an online application at during a period when the appropriate waitlist is open. Open dates are listed above.

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.

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: (PH) Applicant Request for Reasonable Accommodation 1.3.2023

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): 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Public Housing Limits Low (80%) $57,350 $65,550 $73,750 $81,900 $88,500 $95,050 $101,600 $108,150

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.