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FAQs1. I’ve just submitted my application, how long will I have to wait for help?

There is not a simple answer to this question because an applicant’s wait will depend upon the preferences, if any; they qualify for, in addition to the date/time of their application. In general, an applicant’s wait for assisted housing may be months to several years. 

2.  Where am I on the waiting lists?

WHA does not give out numbers on the waiting list, simply because your position fluctuates as new applicants are added and others are taken off the waiting lists. An applicant, who applies AFTER you, may be permitted to jump ahead of you on the wait list if they meet certain admission preference criteria. 

 3.  Do I have to be a city resident to be assisted?


 4.  I am a person with disabilities, will I get housing more quickly?

Persons with disabilities have priority on the waiting list.

5.  Do you have emergency housing or emergency assistance?

No. Federally subsidized housing is not an entitlement program like other forms of public assistance. That is, even though you may be eligible for and in need of housing assistance, there are not enough funds to assist everyone who qualifies. This is why the waiting lists and the wait are so long.

 6.  I’m homeless (or facing eviction) can you help me?

WHA does not operate emergency housing or offer emergency assistance.  If you are in need of immediate assistance, we suggest you contact the following agencies:

The Good Shepherd, 811 Martin Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 (910) 763-4424 www.goodshepherdwilmington.org

The Salvation Army, 223 S. 2nd Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 (910) 762-5948 www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/commands/wilmington

7. What is the difference between Public Housing and Section 8?

In general, public housing refers to apartments owned and managed by the Housing Authority.  The Wilmington Housing Authority owns and manages apartments which it leases to qualified low-income households.  Section 8 apartments are owned and managed by private landlords who list their property with a Housing Authority who, in turn, refer prospective tenants to their property.  The Housing Authority also subsidizes part of the tenant's rent.   WHA administers Section 8 Assistance in New Hanover County.

8.  I have applied for Section 8; can I apply for Public Housing too?

Yes you may.