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The Housing Authority of Bergen County is pleased to announce the opening of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program wait list. Beginning Monday, January 14, 2019 through Friday, January 18, 2019 the HABC will accept pre-applications. A random selection lottery will be conducted to select 350 applicants to be placed on the wait list. Persons applying must meet all income and eligibility requirements. You must be eighteen (18) years of age or older or be an emancipated minor to apply.

Maximum income limits cannot be exceeded at the time your application is selected from the waiting list for eligibility review. HUD routinely adjusts income limits on an annual basis which could affect your eligibility in the future. Current income limits for Bergen County by household size are:

FY 2018 Income Limit Category

  Household Size
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Very Low (50%) Income Limits ($) 35,850 40,950 46,050 51,150 55,250 59,350 63,450 67,550
Extremely Low Income Limits ($) 21,500 24,600 27,650 30,700 33,200 35,650 38,100 42,380


Pre-applications can only be submitted online. Submission of a pre-application does not guarantee placement on the waiting list. Only one pre-application per household will be accepted. Duplicate pre-applications will be rejected. Paper applications will not be distributed or accepted.

Pre-applications can be submitted online with use of a personal computer, laptop, smart phone, or tablet. Any applicant requiring assistance completing the application may come to the HABC main office located at One Bergen County Plaza, 2nd fl. Hackensack, NJ 07601 Monday, 1/14 through Friday 1/18 between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:00 pm. Please note that staff assistance will be limited to availability, clients will be assisted in order, clients may experience a wait time depending on demand. The HABC will make every effort to assist all clients in completing the online application however, does not guarantee that all clients can be accommodated.

Online applications are available in English, Spanish and Korean.



Names, social security numbers, birth dates, and income information for all individuals living in the household. An email address is preferred but not required.



The HABC will accept applications at HABCNJS8Waitlist.org beginning on January 14, 2019 and ending on January 18, 2019. During the application period, you can access the application and enter an application at any time of day or night. We will accept only a single application from any one household, only the last application you submit will be considered if duplicates are received.

We anticipate we will receive far more applicants for housing than we will be able to house in a reasonable period of time, therefore we will select the applications to be added to the wait list via lottery to be fair and consistent. The lottery means that 350 applications will be randomly selected to be added to the wait list. HABC will use a third party to randomly select 350 applicants by computer to be placed on our waiting list. Everyone who submits an application during the application period will have an equal opportunity to be placed on the waiting list.

Applicants selected in the lottery are not guaranteed housing. Once on the waiting list, you may receive an offer of housing only if you are eligible and only when funding becomes available.

If your application is not selected in the lottery, your application will not be placed on the waiting list.



It is important to record, print, copy the confirmation number provided upon the submission of your completed electronic application.

Lottery results will be posted on the HABC website as well as HABCNJS8Waitlist.org. All randomly selected applications will receive written communication of selection. Please visit our website www.habcnj.org on or after February 11, 2019 to obtain verification if you were selected for the waiting list. Those who were selected in the lottery will find their confirmation numbers on the list.



Applicants will be RANDOMLY SELECTED by lottery and ordered in accordance with the following preferences:


Questions regarding the applications process please call 201-336-7621