Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I apply for housing?
  • For Public Housing you can either:
    1. Download an application from our home page
    2. Come into our office between 9am-4pm Monday-Friday to pick up an application
    3. Call our main number and request that an application be mailed to you
    For Section 8, our waiting list is closed and applications will not be available until the list re-opens.
  • Do you have emergency housing?
  • The Lakewood Housing Authority (LHA) frequently receives requests for emergency housing. Often people looking for emergency housing are homeless, about to be homeless or living in severely substandard housing. Unfortunately, the LHA does not provide emergency housing. If someone needs immediate relief from their current housing situation, the LHA is generally not your first stop. Once a family or individual completes an application for housing, and is determined eligible, the individual or family will be placed on our waiting list. Depending on the size apartment the individual/family needs, the wait can be anywhere from six months to several years. Anyone that is in need of Emergency housing should first contact the organizations listed here. Additional housing resources are listed on our Links tab.
  • What are the normal hours of operation?
  • The LHA office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 4:00pm, with the exception of recognized holidays. The office opens to the public at 9:00am and is closed from 12:00pm-12:30pm for lunch.
  • What are the Income Eligibility Requirements for admission?
  • Eligibility for housing programs is generally based on income and the size of the family. For more information about eligibility visit the specific program page on our website.
  • How much will my rent be?
  • For Public Housing, tenants have the opportunity to choose which type of rent they want to pay. Each tenant has the choice to pay rent based on their income or a flat rent option.

    If you choose to pay based on your income, your rent will be calculated at 30% of your montly adjusted income.

    If you choose the flat rent option, your rent will be based on the apartment size.

    For Section 8, your rent will generally be 30% of your adjusted gross income with some exceptions. Your case worker will explain the rent calculation to you in further detail.
  • I applied for Public Housing. How long will it take to get a response to my application?
  • Public Housing applications are procesed every two weeks. You will receive an acknowledgement after your application is processed.
  • How do I find out my status on the Public Housing or Section 8 waiting list?
  • There are four ways to find out your status on the waiting list:
    1. Click the Applicant Access link on our website to view your status online
    2. Fax a letter to the LHA requesting your status
    3. Mail a letter to the LHA requesting your status
    4. Come into our office and fill out a form to request your status
    It may take up to two weeks for you to receive a response.
  • How do I make changes to my Public Housing or Section 8 application?
  • There are three ways to make changes to your application:
    1. Fax a letter to the LHA indicating the necessary changes
    2. Mail a letter to the LHA indicating the necessary changes
    3. Come to our office and fill out a form indicating the necessary changes
    It may take up to two weeks to receive a response.
  • I am single, do I qualify for Public Housing?
  • The LHA only houses single individuals that are disabled (18 and older) or senior citizens (50 and older).