The Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority wishes to announce the opening of their Section 8 Tenant Based Housing Choice Voucher wait list for low-income persons.

The Section 8 wait list has been closed since September 2015.

Anyone interested can apply Online ONLY at

No paper applications will be accepted - applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure that they can access the online application through a mobile device, home computer or public internet access point. Applicants are discouraged from visiting the SMHA office during the application period - internet access points will be extremely limited and wait times will result in lower wait list positions.

Online applications will only be accepted between Tuesday June 19, 2018 at 9:00 am and Friday June 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm


For Eligibility requirements please visit

The wait list will then close at 4:00 p.m. on June 22, 2018 and remain closed until an undetermined future date.

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is available to very low income individuals and families. Rents are subsidized according to income rules and regulations established by the U.S. Department of Housing & Development. The tenant pays about 30% of gross income (certain Federal allowances can be deducted) towards rent and the subsidy makes up the difference. Very low income is defined as a family whose annual income is equal or below 50% of the area medium income.

Due to the large number of people on our wait list, applications are NOT being accepted at this time. When it is time reopen the wait list for new applications, announcements will be well published through this website, local newspapers, and notice to local human service agencies.

Schenectady landlords are highly encouraged to participate in the program.
For more information please email us.

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