Can I Apply

How do I apply for Housing Subsidy?

All waiting lists for housing are closed and applications are not available unless otherwise posted. You can read more information below and monitor this website page. See the bottom of this page to receive an email when the list next opens. Click on page 2

The Town of Islip Housing Authority accepted applications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, from  Wednesday, February 22, 2017, through Friday, March 24, 2017, at which time the waiting lists closed. Applications for the RAD (rental assistance demonstration) Section 8 Project Based Program, Elderly Housing as defined by HUD/PHA policies; Head, Co-Head or spouse are 62 years of age or a person with a disability were accepted from Monday, March 27, 2023, through Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at which time the acceptance of applications for the waiting list closed. Note during the acceptance period ending 4/5/2023, there were more than 2,200 applications received. The process to enter the preliminary unverified applications will begin and the computer generated lottery sort consistent with the administrative policies applicable to the program will be completed. The process to complete all entries and send notices to applicants is expected to take from 1-4 months to complete. Please know that the waiting list process is done when the anticipated vacancies exceeds the number of applicants on the list so that the time involved to administer the data does not have a detrimental effect on the program availability.

General Info about mainstream vouchers can be found here

Non-elderly person with disabilities (for purposes of determining eligibility for Mainstream Vouchers):
A person 18 years of age or older and less than 62 years of age, and who:
(i) Has a disability, as defined in 42 U.S.C. 423;
(ii) Is determined, pursuant to HUD regulations, to have a physical, mental,
or emotional impairment that:
(A) Is expected to be of long-continued and indefinite duration;
(B) Substantially impedes his or her ability to live independently, and
(C) Is of such a nature that the ability to live independently could be
improved by more suitable housing conditions; or
(iii) Has a developmental disability as defined in 42 U.S.C. 6001.

How do I apply for Section 8 ?

The Town of Islip Housing Authority accepted applications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and the Section 8 Project Based Voucher Program at Southwind Village (Elderly & Family) Program, from February 22, 2017 through March 24, 2017 at which time the waiting lists closed and for the RAD Section 8 Project Based Voucher Program (Elderly & Family) from  Monday March 27, 2023, through April 5, 2023 , at which time the waiting lists closed.

Why doesn’t the Housing Authority accept applications for every program all of the time?

The H.A. only has limited funding available from HUD.  The funding is budgeted annually in order to assist the most families possible. Factors that determine the total number of families include the local rental market costs, annual budget authority from HUD and the available units offered for rental within the jurisdiction. The HA administrative costs are covered by a separate fund from the rental subsidy funds. The waiting list remains closed if there are enough families subsidized and enough families on the list to meet foreseeable funding availability.  The H.A. does not keep a list of interested applicants that want an application when the list opens.  Notification about when any lists are open is done by advertisement in the local media, the HA voice message system, notices distributed to local community centers, library’s and other means as deemed practical by the HA.

The South Wind Village units are considered RAD S8 &/or PBV, why is the waiting list for these units not the same as the other Section 8 waiting list ?

The units are subsidized through a portion of the available subsidies and the subsidy remains with the unit instead of the individual family. The Town of Islip Housing Authority accepted applications for the Section 8 Voucher Program, the RAD Section 8 Project Based Voucher Program (Elderly & Family), and the Section 8 Project Based Voucher Program at Southwind Village (Elderly & Family) Program from Monday March 27, 2023, through April 5, 2023 , at which time the waiting lists close.

What is the average waiting period?

The average waiting period varies depending on funding availability and the number of applicants on the waiting list.  The average time period can vary anywhere from 2-7 years or longer.  Please note that placement on the list does not guarantee that a family will be assisted. During times of economic downturn, the available funding historically goes down.

General Information and waiting list selection procedure?

The waiting lists are open for new applicants periodically when the number of families listed does not provide a sufficient pool of applicants to meet the estimated funding availability. The Housing Authority (HA) will advertise in the local media when the lists will be open for acceptance of new applications. When the lists are open, the period is usually for a minimum of 30 days. All applications received during this period are placed in container and randomly drawn. This allows fairness to all applicants during the open period.

Applications are ordered by preference points first, which include, veteran, living or working (or hired to work) within the Township of Islip (the HA jurisdiction) and working family (disabled and elderly receive credit for this preference). Applicants that have an equal number of valid preference claims are then ordered by the date and time of their application.

Please note, that once your application has been placed on the waiting list for the program applied for, new applications received at a future date will be ordered by preferences first then date.

The HA provides assistance to families under the RAD Section 8 PBV Program, units the HA owns and manages, 350 elderly/disabled efficiency units and 10 family units. There are approx 25-40 vacancies per year. The Section 8 program provides eligible families with a voucher to rent a market unit under the terms and conditions provided by the Voucher program. The HA can assist a maximum of 1044 families, depending on the available funding. The HA typically maintains a 97% program utilization rate, vacancies are due to varying cyclical factors, but generally the HA may assist 15-50 turnover families per year, again depending on funding and other factors related to the program, i.e. people moving, other agencies billing the HA for families moving to a different jurisdiction, etc.

The HA does not determine the eligibility, i.e. the verification of the applicants answers on the application, until the application is within close proximity to the HA having available funding for the family.

Applicants often ask, “what number am I on the list?” The HA does not provide a specific number because of the preference point system established in the Administrative policies established in accordance with HUD regulations. The preferences are available to a family at any time, both at initial application or if their circumstances may change, so points do change. As an example, a family applies in 2005 and the Head of Household works in Central Islip, but the family lives in Brookhaven. This family would qualify for the local preference of “working in the jurisdiction.” Before the HA has determined the family eligible the head of household changes employment and now works in Brookhaven. This family change would result in the application moving downward on the list. The opposite is also true and an upward movement on the waiting list could be realized if the head of household accepts employment within the HA jurisdiction after submitting their original application.