Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Last Updated: May 22, 2023
Waitlist and Eligibility
What is the waitlist?
Most BHA Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher programs operate off a waitlist. To receive a voucher to help pay your rent, you must apply when the waitlist is open, and then wait until your name nears the top of the list. To prepare for the next waitlist opening, be sure to register for an account on RENTCafé: www.bremertonhousing.org/rentcafe
How can I sign up for the waitlist?
Most of our programs operate off of a waitlist. Unfortunately, these waitlist(s) are not always open for applications. To stay apprised of when one will open, be sure to register for an account on RENTCafé: www.bremertonhousing.org/rentcafe
Is the waitlist open right now?
Unfortunately, no, our Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waitlist is not currently open as of June 2023. To stay apprised of when it opens, be sure to register for an account on RENTCafé: www.bremertonhousing.org/rentcafe
Where am I on the waitlist (when will I get my voucher)?
BHA can only confirm whether or not you are on our waitlist, but we cannot give out numbers.
If you applied to a waitlist during an opening through RENTCafé, you can sign in to your account to view your application and keep your contact information and household information up-to-date.
It is also important to remember that getting on the waitlist does not automatically guarantee that you will receive a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher. Because waitlists are for long-term rental assistance, there is no way to tell how long you may end up waiting. Please continue to seek out services for your immediate needs if you need help right away. Contact Kitsap Community Resources (KCR) at (360) 377-0053 or visit www.kcr.org to inquire about possible short-term assistance.
How long is the waitlist?
Each waitlist is different, but much of the time, households could end up waiting between 2-4 years for their name to be pulled for the initial contact from BHA to verify eligibility for the program.
What is RENTCafé?
RENTCafé is an online portal where applicants create an account in order to get notified when a waitlist opens, and/or, once you’re actively signed up for a waitlist, to keep your information current to keep your spot on the list.
Click the link to register for an account on RENTCafé: www.bremertonhousing.org/rentcafe
Why was I asked for paystubs, bank statements, and/or other things like Social Security cards?
To qualify your household for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance after you’ve reached the top of the waitlist, we are required to ensure that your household is eligible for the program. We are required to ensure that each household member over 18 is eligible for assistance, and that your household also meets a certain income threshold.
Without this necessary documentation and verification(s), we cannot determine eligibility. If we cannot determine eligibility for the program, we cannot move along in the process of ultimately issuing a voucher.
Why was I asked to provide fingerprints?
BHA is required to run a Criminal Background Check (CBC) on every person in the household who is 18 or older. Sometimes the CBC comes back with information that states a person will need an FBI background check. BHA will not know why, as this information is not shared with us.
For detailed instructions, please refer to the information provided by BHA when your fingerprints were requested.