Eligibility Screening

When the Public Housing site-based wait list is open, OHA announces publicly that it will accept Pre-Applications. OHA uses a lottery process to select pre-applications for the site-based waitlist. OHA will take pre-applications that are submitted and randomly assign a lottery number to each pre-application. Following the lottery, a site-based wait list is established and when housing becomes available names are pulled from the site-based wait lists. Before anyone can be offered housing, they must first be deemed eligible. 

The eligibility screening process includes:

  • Conducting Initial Intake Interviews​​ for applicants
  • Obtaining information about family composition​
  • Verifying income and assets
  • Determining general program suitability (by obtaining criminal background and rental history screenings for all adult members who will be included on the lease)

Reasonable acco​m​modations​​​ can be requested by any applicant that is disabled or has limited English proficiency (LEP).​​