Jersey City Housing Authority opens Section 8 program for 1st time in 15 years


For the first time in 15 years, the Jersey City Housing Authority has opened their Section 8 Housing Voucher Program and the application will be conducted through an online lottery.

The Holland Gardens buildings in Jersey City, part of their housing authority complex. Photo via
The Holland Gardens buildings in Jersey City, part of their housing authority complex. Photo via

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The Housing Authority last opened the Section 8 Waiting List in 2002, and received over 12,000 applications for the federally-funded program. It took 15 years for the JCHA to exhaust that list.

Applications for the new Section 8 housing list will be accepted online at from May 15 to May 19, Mayor Steven Fulop’s office announced.

“This is yet another way in which we are working to make affordable housing accessible to our residents,” the mayor added.

“The Section 8 Voucher Program is one that many residents want to be a part of and now that the process is opening and modernizing with an online lottery, we are hopeful to see more people benefit and find quality, affordable housing throughout the city.”

Successfully submitted applications will be enter into a computerized selection process and a third-party vendor will then perform the lottery selection.

Applicants will be notified of their status within four to eight weeks after the application period is closed. No paper applications will be accepted, and only one application per person is allowed.

Applicants in need of assistance in completing the electronic applications and computer access can visit any local library. Anyone with special needs can call (201) 706-4699 for application assistance.

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    • Hey, we’ve gotten a few messages like this. We have nothing to do with the process, anyone interested would have to follow the instructions explained above. Good luck.

  1. i have been struggling with keeping a roof over my daughters head i have been in several shelters. I am asking to be considered for a voucher. ive several jobs for up to 21 years. please consider me i would gratefully appreciated. thank you so much. kim rolon 201 9329890

  2. To whom it may concern can you please send me an application for the Section 8 program I real need to leave my boyfriend thing are not going well over here in my house anymore

  3. I’m a 60 yr old Husband, 4- girls, aged 17, 9, 6, 3. My wife and I love here in Jersey City Heights, for the past 5- yrs, originally from N.Y. We are in desperate need of assistance in obtaining proper room for my family. I drive a truck for a living. I’m in desperate need of housing, and I hope my family and I will be in the runnings.

  4. I keep having the same problem when applying. When I fill out the page as head of household, then put in my
    wifes info, it reverses the information. What can I do ?, or am I doing something wrong?

  5. I’m trying to get on these website to apply for section 8 . I can call not fine the application for secetion8

    please , call me at (201) 737–3931 I walk with a cane, and work part-time in stop and shop on Central Avenue, in Jersey city, Heights. thank you. Have a beautiful day.

  6. I have an application and a number.. As a senior with a disability I need an elevator building. I need safety bars in the bathroom and a social room designed for residents.

  7. I am living in a studio very small in a basement because I cant afford amore rent I work part time and am barely making it paying rent and food and getting to work need an application and a chance to be in lottery for section 8 thank nancy Gonzalez 201 616 1545

  8. Quisiera llenar la aplicación de Sección 8 o housing.Soy una persona impedida no puedo trabajar necesito que me ayuden.Gracias.