Q & A on DCA’s Lottery for Housing Choice Vouchers

How Will You Know if You Have Been Chosen for the Housing Choice Vouchers Waiting List

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), Division of Housing and Community Resources (DHCR) accepted pre-applications on-line for 10,100 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) between June 13, 2016 and June 17, 2016.

The pre-application period is now closed and pre-applications are no longer being accepted.

DCA has published an update with answers to frequently asked questions about the housing choice vouchers lottery process that will now take place.

According to DCA’s FAQ:

How do I know if I have been chosen for the waiting list?

If you have been selected for the waiting list, the official notification that you were selected by DCA will be emailed to you within the next 6 weeks (on or about August 15th). For your convenience, you can check your status by logging in to waitlistcheck.com starting June 24th. If you are listed there as Active you were selected by the lottery. If you are listed there as inactive you were NOT selected.

What should I do if I did not receive an email notifying me whether I was selected or not?

If you do not receive a confirmation email from DCA after submitting a pre-application, your pre-application was not selected in the lottery and you were not placed on the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List.

If selected for the waiting list, do I automatically qualify for housing?

No. If selected, you will be contacted by DCA for an eligibility screening once your name reaches the top of the list. This screening process will determine if you meet the basic eligibility requirements of the program.

If selected for a waiting list, when will I receive housing assistance? How long before I get a voucher?

Because DCA’s ability to serve applicants from the waiting list is dependent on funding, DCA cannot predict when an applicant will receive a voucher. As funding and housing assistance become available, DCA will contact you for an eligibility screening appointment. The screening process will determine if you meet the basic eligibility requirements to qualify for the program.

If you meet the program requirements, you will receive your housing voucher.

What happens when my name reaches the top of the waiting list?

DCA will notify you with a letter requesting that you provide information needed to determine your eligibility for the program. You must respond to this letter within 15 days of the date of the letter. If you do not respond to the letter within 15 days, your name will be removed from the waiting list.

Can you tell me what number I am on the waiting list?

No, DCA does not provide waitlist placement numbers.

My name was placed on a waitlist but I’ve moved or my contact information has changed.

You are required to keep DCA informed of changes to your information. If you fail to keep DCA informed of your information, you may lose your place on the waitlist. Please call 609-292-4080 and select Menu Option 1 to report updates to your preliminary application.

What if I did not submit an application?

The waiting list is currently closed to pre-applications. We cannot accept pre-applications after the waiting list has closed.

When will the waiting list be open again?

DCA does not have an anticipated date for opening the waiting list at this time. When DCA plans to open the waiting list, public notice of the opening will be provided on our website and in newspapers.

Q&A from DCA on Vouchers

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