Jersey City Housing Authority to open public waitlist for one week in August


The Jersey City Housing Authority is set to open their public waitlist for one week this month, conducting the process completely online for the first time, from August 6th through August 12th. 

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“JCHA is looking forward to reopening the Waitlist fully online for the first time,” JCHA Interim Executive Director Vivian Brady-Phillips said in a statement.

“JCHA staff has worked hard to ensure the new online submission format is rolled out smoothly and we are grateful to the many community organizations that are helping spread the word, dedicating staff and computer access to assist individuals with applications.”

The waitlist will only be available via the web address and will allow individuals to apply for housing opportunities at all nine of the JCHA’s sites, which includes family (five buildings) and senior (two buildings) housing.

To qualify for public housing, a family’s combined annual gross income may not exceed federal HUD Income Limits (visit the JCHA website to review household size to income ratio table).

Applicants should only apply to properties for which they are eligible (e.g., only those age 62 or older may apply to elderly-designated properties). Additionally, applicants who live and/or work in Jersey City will be given preference over non-residents.

Furthermore, web applications will be available in both English and Spanish, while community organizations and city departments will also be available to assist those in need.

The full list of those helping people fill out applications can be found at the JCHA’s official website.

“The JCHA Waitlist being on the brink of opening lifts the spirits of many Jersey City residents who’ve been patiently waiting for their chance to access our City’s growing stock of affordable housing,” added Mayor Steven Fulop.

“The JCHA’s singular focus remains on creating and investing in quality affordable housing opportunities for our residents and the communities we serve. We are proud of our continued investment in finding innovating and equitable ways to expand affordability throughout the City.”

After submission, applicants will receive a confirmation number immediately; notification of their selection status will arrive via email and regular mail in approximately 10 weeks.

Once the waitlist is closed, a set number of preliminary applications will be selected using a computerized random selection process commonly referred to as a lottery.

This means it is possible that not everyone who applies will be placed on the waiting list. Those applicants who are not selected will able to reapply the next time the waiting list reopens.

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