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Application and Wait List Information

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Conventional Public Housing programs are limited to eligible, low, very low, and extremely low-income individuals and families. Glendale Community Housing will determine your eligibility based on:

  • The number of preference points that can be verified during eligibility
  • Annual gross income
  • U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status
  • Successful completion of a background screening for everyone in the household over the age of 16

Preference Points

Preferences are criteria that must be met in order to receive housing assistance from Glendale Community Housing.  Each preference is given a point value.  The more preference points you have, the higher your placement on the waiting list. Preference points are given based on the information you supply on the application.


HUD and Glendale Community Housing have established preferences. Preferences are given to the following:

  • Glendale residents
  • Persons working or hired to work within the city limits of Glendale
  • Glendale residents 62 years or older, or receiving Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Disability or any payments based on inability to work, will be given benefit of the working preference
  • For the purposes of reaching the top of the waiting list, any family member who is disabled will qualify the family under this category.  However, in order to be disabled family, one of the following qualifies:

1) The head of household, spouse, co-head, or sole member is a person with disabilities
2) Two or more persons with disabilities live together, or
3) One or more persons with disabilities live with one or more live-in aides

  • Glendale residents displaced by government action or disaster
  • Glendale residents who are active military personnel 
  • Glendale residents who are victims of domestic violence or displaced homemakers
  • Glendale residents who are single and homeless and qualify as high risk (Section 8 only)

NOTE:  Preference points are assigned based on the information you supply on the application and will be verified during the eligibility process and before you receive assistance. 

Applying for the Programs

In order to apply for a particular program, Glendale Community Housing must be accepting applications for the program in which you are interested.  

Up-to-date program and application information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 623-930-2180.  After selecting your language preference, English or Spanish, select option #3 and you will be forwarded to recorded application information.  We encourage you to call the information line often for the latest program and application information. 

Applications are accepted by telephone only and only during specified times by calling the dedicated application line at 623-930-2199.  This line is only active during specified time periods when applications are being accepted.

Persons with disabilities who require a reasonable accommodation in completing an application may call Glendale Community Housing to make special arrangements. A TTY service is available by calling AZ Relay at 1-800-367-8939.

During the application process, you will provide Glendale Community Housing with basic information such as your name, address, and source of income.  Once this information is gathered, you will receive a paper application in the mail.  The paper application will be stamped with the date and time you applied for the program.  Upon receipt of your completed application, you will be placed on the waiting list. 

Glendale Community Housing maintains two separate waiting lists—one for Public Housing and one for Section 8.  Applying for one program does not place your name on the other.

Placement on the Waiting List

Being placed on the waiting list does not guarantee you will be eligible for housing assistance.  Placement on the waiting list will be determined based on the number of points you receive for preferences claimed and the date and time of your telephone call.  All preferences claimed will be verified during an eligibility appointment prior to receiving assistance.

Placement on the waiting list may change continually prior to being selected for an eligibility appointment.  For example, if a family or individual applies after you, but has more points than you, they will receive assistance first.

An applicant’s time on the waiting list is dependent upon preferences claimed, available vouchers or units, and the federal budget process.

All changes in family members must be reported in writing within 10 days from the date of the change.  Additional family members will not be added during the eligibility process.

Contact will be made with you by U.S. Mail ONLY and the application will be sent to the address you provide.   If you do not receive correspondence because you moved and failed to provide our office with your new mailing address, you will be dropped from the waiting list and will have to reapply.  Glendale Community Housing is not responsible for mail not received or not delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. 

You may check your position on the waiting list by calling 501-404-4133.

Glendale Housing no longer provides wait list position information at the administrative office.

Background Check

Glendale Community Housing has a zero tolerance for crime.  Once nearing the top of the waiting list, the names of all family members listed on the application age 16 and older will be submitted to local law enforcement for a criminal background check. 

If your background check results come back and Glendale Community Housing determines that additional information is needed, you will be asked to come to the Glendale Community Housing administrative office to be fingerprinted. Your fingerprints will be sent to the FBI for a more extensive background check, which can take three months or longer to complete. 
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