How the Public Housing and the Housing Choice Voucher Selection Process Works?

Application Process
Persons interested in participating in the public housing and/or housing choice voucher programs must take the following steps:

Fill out a pre-application
A pre-application can be picked up at HACA’S main office, or click the link to download an application. Applicants may also have the form mailed to them by calling (410) 267-8000.

Pre-Application Form

By mail:
Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis
Admissions and Occupancy Department
1217 Madison Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21403
or for more information, contact:
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Reasonable Accommodation:
A Reasonable Accommodation ensures that persons with disabilities have full access to all HACA programs and services. Any applicant or resident may at any time during the application process or tenancy, request a reasonable accommodation to allow a disabled family to meet lease requirements or other requirements of tenancy [24 CFR 966.7(b)]. A reasonable accommodation may be a change, exception, or adjustment to a rule, policy, practice or service that may be necessary for a person with a disability to have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling, including public and common spaces.

Reasonable Accommodation Form

Placement on the waiting list:
Once the pre-application is received, applicants will be placed on a waiting list in accordance with their preference, bedroom size (public housing only) and application date and time:

Pre-Occupancy Orientation:

All Public Housing applicants are requested to attend a pre-occupancy orientation, as part of the eligibility and screening to help new program participants become familiar with the public housing program.

Final application/screening process:

When the applicant’s name comes up on the waiting list, they will be contacted by mail, to begin eligibility and suitability processing. The information provided to HACA by the applicant will then be verified for accuracy and eligibility.


All adult family members must meet the following federal guidelines of eligibility screening criteria. HACA will make the family a unit offer. The Offer will be to all available units in the appropriate bedroom size, based on family community selection and/or general public housing wait list which is based on a first come first served basis: All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicant must be 18 years of age or older and/or an emancipated minor
  2. Be a family as defined in HACA’S Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy
  3. Meet HUD requirements on citizenship or immigration status
  4. Must meet the federal income requirements for program participation (available on Website
  5. Must present a social security card
  6. Complete a full application and attend a completed application appointment
  7. Meet the suitability requirements related to criminal activity and prior rental History to include:
    • Have any adult family member(s) engaged in any criminal activity that threatens the life, health, safety or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises by other residents, and not have any family members engaged in any drug-related criminal activity to include the manufacturing of drugs in accordance with HACA’s admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy
    • Pay any money already owed to HACA and/or Previous Landlord

Unit Offer:

Once the screening process is completed, HACA will offer all available units in the appropriate bedroom size, preferences and application date and time.  HACA admissions preferences are listed on our website.

Office Address

Housing Authority of The City of Annapolis
1217 Madison Street
Annapolis, MD 21403

Contact Us

Main (410) 267-8000
Fax  (410) 267-8290
Maintenance (410) 263-0778

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

After Hours Maintenance Emergencies:
(410) 553-2071