The application process can be daunting, but we’re here to help. Most questions about applying for any subsidized RHA housing can be answered on this page.
All RHA Waitlists are CLOSED.
To be informed when waitlists are open, text “RHARESIDENT” to the number 888777.
Note: We can’t tell you where you are on the waitlist.
The Applicant Portal is undergoing maintenance.
If you wish to report changes such as new address, phone number, add or remove family members, please complete the update form.
RHA will notify you when the Applicant Portal is available again. Please check your mailbox and email often.
Submit the update form to:
Mail: 1525 East 9th St, Reno, NV 89512 Attn: Admissions Staff
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Programs Offered & Eligibility
Public housing is a HUD-subsidized housing assistance program in which the RHA owns, manages, and maintains housing units and leases them to qualifying low-income households. The assistance is provided for a specific public housing unit only, meaning the assistance cannot be transferred to another unit. When a participant moves out of their unit, their housing assistance cannot be used somewhere else. The RHA owns eight public housing complexes throughout Washoe County and typically assists households with income at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI).
All program applicants go through an eligibility process including an interview, fingerprint background check, income and asset verification and, rental history screening before signing their lease. The participant’s rent and utilities is based on 30% of the household’s adjusted income.
Created by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1978, the Housing Choice Voucher program, formerly known as Section 8, provides assistance to eligible low- and moderate-income families to rent housing in the private market.
Other RHA Affordable Housing
RHA owns and manages several affordable housing complexes serving Washoe County residents with income at or below 80% of the area median income. All program applicants go through an eligibility process including an interview, fingerprint background check, income and asset verification and, rental history screening before signing their lease.
Frequently Asked Questions
HUD subsidies are federal funds that pay a portion of rent on behalf of qualified low-income families, The family’s income must be under 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI). Reno Housing Authority receives HUD funding to provide subsidized housing assistance through several programs, including the Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, Project Based Voucher and others.
The admissions department will send you a welcome letter with further instructions. You may be asked to provide documents to show proof of additional preferences (link to next question) you may qualify for. The welcome letter will be mailed to the address provided on your application. Please report any changes in writing within 10 days of occurrence (birth of baby, marriage, income changes, etc.) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. In the portal, keep your address, phone number and email address current at all times, as this is how RHA will contact you.
Every application is unique. The standard documents needed include current ID for all adults listed on the application, social security cards for all members listed on the application, birth certificates for all minors listed on the application, and proof of income for all members listed on the application. Proof of income can include social security payment documentation, paystubs for your current employer, documents for self-employment like Grubhub, DoorDash, etc. The admissions staff will inform you of any other documents needed during your interview.
The admissions department is your go to, and staff will provide you current, accurate information about your application. Email us at email@example.com or call 775-329-3630.
Well-meaning friends and family may not have the most up-to-date information. Here are a number of things we hear a lot from applicants.
- I have a job or pension, so I won’t qualify for housing assistance
RHA encourages all applicants to become self-sufficient, but having income does not prevent you from applying or receiving housing assistance. Each RHA program has income guidelines that vary from year to year, but simply having employment or another source of income does not disqualify someone from receiving assistance.
- I can’t include my partner on my application because I’m not married
All persons that will reside with you in the HUD subsidized unit must be included on your application. During the Admissions process, it does not matter if the adult members listed on the application are roommates, boyfriends, domestic partners, sisters, mothers, grandmothers, etc. All adults must pass RHA’s application screening, though.
- I have a bank account, so I won’t qualify for housing assistance
Simply having a bank account or other assets does not prevent anyone from applying for or receiving HUD subsidized housing assistance. A limit in assets may apply, though, and RHA admissions staff can provide you that information.
- I can’t receive housing assistance because I get other social service benefits
Receiving TANF, SNAP, utility assistance and more does not prevent you from applying or receiving HUD subsidized housing assistance.
- A family member does not live with me now, but will reside with me if I receive housing assistance
All adults and minors that will reside with you in the HUD subsidized unit must be included on your application. Written proof that the family member will reside with you may be required.
On the business day after you submit your online application, you will be able to create an account in the applicant portal. To create an account you will need the following information:
- The first letter of your first name and the exact spelling of your last name as it appears on the application. If you use a hyphenated last name, use the same format to login.
- Confirmation number from the online application, OR your client number
- Valid e-mail address
To determine your application’s place in line on the waitlist, we use the date and time your application was submitted, and preferences. Preferences, including age and veterans status, among others, provide additional points that can move your place in line higher. RHA must receive written verification of any preferences you wish to claim. The admissions department mails periodic reminders of preferences you may qualify for, and the types of documents needed to demonstrate proof of a preference.
Each waitlist moves independently and time frames are difficult to determine. As vacancies become available, you will receive a letter from RHA detailing the time and date of your interview, and the list of documents to bring along. It’s important to check your mail regularly AND update the applicant portal with any changes to your mailing address, phone number, family composition, etc.
All changes including gain or loss of employment, marriage status change, new baby, adding or removing someone from your application, new address, new phone number, etc. must be reported in writing within 10 days of it happening. You may log into your portal account or email a completed update form to send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need a Form?
All applicant forms are available here.