APPLICATION PROCESS

Apply for Housing
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and Public Housing waiting lists are open. 
To begin an application for HousingSTART HERE.

Maintaining Your Status on the SAHA Waiting List
It is your responsibility to ensure that all information on your application remains current. When your online application comes to the top of the waiting list, you will be notified by regular mail. If we are unable to contact you due to a returned letter, your name will be removed from the SAHA waiting list.

Updating Your SAHA Application Information
You are required to update any changes in your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, income and family size. All changes must be completed on the SAHA applicant portal.

Applicant Portal
To make changes on an application you already completed, click here.

Reasonable Accommodation
A Reasonable Accommodation ensures that persons with disabilities have full access to all SAHA programs and services. Any applicant or resident may at any time during the application process or tenancy, request a reasonable accommodation to allow a disabled family to meet lease requirements or other requirements of tenancy [24 CFR 966.7(b)]. A reasonable accommodation may be a change, exception, or adjustment to a rule, policy, practice or service that may be necessary for a person with a disability to have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling, including public and common spaces.TTY: 210-224-7124

Reasonable Accommodation form

Reasonable Accommodation form (Spanish)

Pre-Occupancy Orientation:
All Public Housing applicants will be required to attend a mandatory pre-occupancy orientation, as part of the eligibility and screening to help new program participants become familiar with the public housing program.

Final application/screening process:
When the applicant’s name comes up on the waiting list for a particular community, they will be contacted by mail, to begin eligibility processing. The information provided to SAHA by the applicant will then be verified for accuracy and eligibility.

Eligibility:
All adult family members must meet the following federal guidelines and applicant screening criteria:

  1. Be a family as defined in SAHA’s Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy; 
  2. Meet HUD requirements on citizenship or immigration status; 
  3. Meet the applicant selection criteria and complete a full application appointment; 
  4. Meet the screening requirements related to criminal activity and have accepted prior rental history;
  5. Not have any family members engaged in any criminal activity that threatens the life, health, safety or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises by other residents, and not have any family members engaged in any drug-related criminal activity; 
  6. Pay any money already owed to SAHA; and
  7. Have an annual income that does not exceed income limits established by HUD (must not exceed 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) based on family size). (Income limit chart is available on SAHA’s website or at the main office).

Unit Offer:
Once the screening process is completed, SAHA will offer all available units in the appropriate bedroom size on a first-come, first-served basis.