Housing Division

HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM (PRELIMINARY APPLICATION)

APPLICATION PROCESS(EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 8, 2008, 5:00PM CST, THE WAITING LIST WAS CLOSED. NO FURTHER APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED. IN RECEIPT OF 6,149 APPLICATIONS, WE DO NOT ANTICIPATE REOPENING LIST UNTIL THE YEAR 2028.)
  1. Applicant completes on-line application form.
  2. Applicant is preliminarily determined eligible or ineligible prior to placement on a waiting list. (Applicants are screened on income eligibility, any prior housing assistance and criminal background.) Upon funding availability (application has come up on the waiting list), the applicant is mailed a notification letter to begin the full application process.
  3. A group or one-on-one pre-briefing is conducted.
  4. After eligibility is determined, a voucher is issued which authorizes applicant to search for a rental unit.
  5. Voucher holder identifies and submits request for an approval of their desired rental unit.
  6. Housing Inspector schedules and performs unit inspection to determine if it meets program standards and if the rent is reasonable.
  7. Once the unit and lease has been approved, a contract and other leasing documents are executed. The family can then move in.

FOR FAMILIES OR INDIVIDUALS THAT SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS BETWEEN JANUARY 7, 2008, 8:00AM CST, AND FEBRUARY 8, 2008, 5:00PM CST:

Please understand that you have submitted a preliminary application for housing only, and it does not guarantee assistance. A final determination of eligibility will be made when the application reaches the front of the waiting list, and subject to the eligibility criteria AT THAT TIME. Submission of your application served as acknowledgement and release for Mesquite Housing to perform all preliminary screening inquiries of income, prior housing assistance and criminal backgrounds. If you do not pass the preliminary eligibility screening, you will be notified in writing and will have the opportunity to request a review.

APPLICANTS MUST REPORT ALL ADDRESS CHANGES TO THE HOUSING OFFICE, EITHER BY PHONE OR IN WRITING. SEE THE LINK NAMED "LOCATION AND HOURS" ON OUR SITE FOR THAT CONTACT INFORMATION. Notices are mailed to all applicants reaching the front of the waiting list, so a valid address is imperative. These notices are time sensitive, so applicants that do not respond will be assumed to have moved or are no longer interested. No response to the notice, for whatever reason, will prompt application to be filed inactive without further notice.

TO CHECK ON THE STATUS OF YOUR APPLICATION, YOU MAY GO TO THE FOLLOWING LINK. THE ESTIMATED WAITING PERIOD WILL CHANGE AS APPLICATIONS ARE PROCESSED AND REMOVED FOR ELIGIBILITY OR INELIGIBILITY. UPDATES TO THE SITE WILL BE MADE, AT A MINIMUM, ON A WEEKLY BASIS. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER AND YEAR OF BIRTH TO LOG ON FOR THIS INQUIRY: http://www.waitlistcheck.com