How to Apply for Section 8 in Maine

Low income families seek to apply for Section 8 in Maine in order to find affordable, safe housing opportunities. Before applicants can fill out a Section 8 application, they must first understand what the program entails. Maine Housing’s Section 8 voucher program provides financial assistance for rental opportunities to low-income tenants throughout the state. A subsidized portion of the monthly rent and utilities are paid directly to the landlords of the property.

To apply for low income housing in Maine, there are a few options to choose from, depending on the county in which an applicant chooses to apply in. Each county will have its own regulations for the application process, as well as its own window of when an application can be submitted. To learn more about applying for Section 8 housing in Maine, continue reading below.

How to Apply for Section 8 Online in Maine 

Filling out the Maine Section 8 application online is the simplest and quickest way to apply for affordable housing. In order to submit a low income housing application online, applicants must first create an account through the Maine Section 8 Centralized Waiting List. Once a username has been created, each applicant will have access to the Applicant Portal in order to update the application with new information, check their waiting list status and also print an Application Receipt.

The online application for Section 8 housing in Maine will require specific personal information that is necessary to determine an applicant’s eligibility for affordable housing. The type of information required for each resident on the Section 8 application will include:

  • First and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Social Security Number
  • Physical Address
  • Mailing Address
  • Total number of adults and children living in the unit
  • Total gross income each year
  • Any preferences that could provide priority voucher assistance

Once the application is submitted online, the applicant will be able to log in and check the status through the website at any time.

How to Apply for Maine Section 8 Housing by Mail 

Applicants wondering how to apply for Section 8 housing by mail in Maine will have a few options to consider, such as the following:

  1. First, a PDF version of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) application can be found online and printed in order to be filled out by hand and mailed to the proper housing authorities. 
  2. Second, applicants can stop by any participating Public Housing Agency (PHA) in Maine to pick up an application for Section 8. 
  3. Third, applicants can contact a participating Maine PHA and have an application mailed to them. 

In any scenario, once the application is completed, an applicant will be able to choose from a list of participating housing authorities closest to him or her and mail the application directly. A list of participating locations will be provided once the application is printed or picked up.

How to Apply for Maine Section 8 Housing in Person 

Applying for Section 8 housing in person is also an option for those who prefer not to apply online or by mail. Submitting the Section 8 application in person is an excellent choice for applicants who need assistance filling out the application or who have questions about the process. Trained professionals will be able to assist applicants in person when they visit a local PHA. To apply for low income housing in person, applicants must either download and print out an application online or pick up an application at a participating PHA. Applicants can choose from any local housing authority office nearest to them in order to apply in person. Applications can be filled out on site and submitted same day, or brought back at a later date.

What happens after you submit a Section 8 application form in Maine? 

Once your Section 8 application is submitted and approved, you will be placed on a single waiting list that is sorted specifically by each housing authority. Most housing authorities sort their Section 8 applicants by priority and preferences, depending on the needs of the community. Some preferences that can directly impact an applicant’s place on the waiting list, include:

  • Disabilities
  • Families with minor children
  • Displacement by natural disaster
  • Veteran status
  • Chronically homeless
  • Full time students
  • Shelter residents
  • Elderly 
  • Victims of domestic violence

After an applicant is placed on the HUD housing application waiting list, he or she will be responsible for keeping the application up-to-date with current information. This is easiest to do when the application is initially submitted online. Additionally, having an online Section 8 account will allow for applicants to log in and check the status of the application, the waiting list status and receive any important updates. Applicants who are unable to access their application online can fill out the Change Form to report any updates to the application while they were on the waiting list. The form can be found on the Maine Section 8 Central Waitlist website, picked up from any participating housing authority or mailed to an applicant. 

There is no way for Maine Housing to determine where an applicant stands on the waiting list nor estimate the amount of time it will take before an applicant is provided with a voucher. However, the housing authority will contact each applicant by mail when his or her application is chosen. This is why keeping the HUD section 8 application as current as possible is critical. If, for whatever reason, an applicant cannot be contacted by mail or does not reply within a specific timeframe to the mailed request, his or her application will become inactive. Applicants will need to start the Maine Section 8 application process from the beginning or accept the application denial. 

For more information, contact an official HUD agency in Maine, here.