Ulster County Section 8 Waitlist Is Now CLOSED

The Section 8 Waitlist in Ulster County is now CLOSED

The waitlist was open exclusively for individuals experiencing homelessness from Tuesday, January 30, through Wednesday, February 14, at 4:00 PM.

To see what current programs and opportunities RUPCO has available visit our What Can RUPCO Do For You webpage!

Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (also known as Section 8) provides rental assistance for families with low or modest incomes to enable them to choose and lease affordable, privately owned rental housing. The Participants’ rent is limited to 30 – 40% of their adjusted monthly income and the remaining portion is covered by a subsidy.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) does not provide “emergency assistance” and is not a homeless prevention program. No matter what the circumstances, applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Currently, the average waiting period can be from one to five years.

Program Eligibility

In order to be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. You must fall under one of the two categories listed below as defined by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):

Literally homelessFleeing/Attempting to Flee Domestic Violence
A. Has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not meant for human habitation; orA. Is fleeing, or is attempting to flee, domestic violence;
B. Is living in a publicly or privately operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements (including congregate shelters, transitional housing, and hotels and motels paid for by charitable organizations or by federal, state and local government programs); orB. Has no other residence; and
C. Is exiting an institution where (s)he has resided for 90 days or less and who resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution.C. Lacks the resources or support networks to obtain other permanent housing

2. All applicants must comply with the income limits below:

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Income Limits$35,600$40,650$45,750$50,800$54,900$58,950$63,000$67,100

Other terms and conditions may apply.

To apply:


Documentation showing proof that you meet the homeless definition is a required part of the application. The documentation provided as proof must have an address that corresponds with the address that is given on the application.

All applications must be completed, signed, and mailed or dropped at 289 Fair Street, Kingston. NY 12401. No faxed or e-mailed applications will be accepted. Application window will end on February 14, 2024 at 4:00 PM.

Need Assistance Completing Your Application? No Problem!

RUPCO will be hosting application support sessions at 2 Main St. Kingston on the following days from 10 AM – 2PM

■ Tuesday, January 30      ■  Wednesday, January 31    ■  Thursday, February 1
■ Tuesday, February 6      ■ Wednesday, February 7     ■ Thursday, February 8
■ Tuesday, February 13 – Last day to apply 9:30 AM – 4 PM

Application support will not be provided during regular walk-in hours or
at our 289 Fair Street location.

What Happens After My Application Is Submitted?

  1. Eligible applications will be selected at random to be added to the waiting list
  2. You will receive written notification by March 31, 2024 confirming eligibility and that your name has been placed onto the waiting list.
  3. When a name reaches the top of the waiting list, that applicant will be notified by mail to contact us. When an applicant reaches the top of the list, RUPCO assigns a priority to households with very low income and whose head of household is elderly, disabled, and/or handicapped.

Additional Information:

Applicants living outside of Ulster County are required to live and use the Housing Choice Voucher in Ulster County for the first 12-month cycle.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to notify RUPCO in writing of any changes in address, income, household size, etc. If we are not able to contact the applicant when their name comes to the top of the list, they will be removed from the waiting list and will have to reapply. RUPCO is not responsible for lost or misdirected mail.



Please return the completed application to:
289 Fair St. Kingston, NY 12401

No faxed or e-mailed applications will be accepted.

Important Dates

Applications Available:
January 30, 2024 at 9 AM

Application Deadline:
February 13, 2024 at 4:00 PM


Application Help Sessions at 2 Main St. Kingston NY on:

    • Tuesday, January 30
      10 AM – 2 PM
    • Wednesday, January 31
      10 AM – 2 PM
    • Thursday, February 1
      10 AM – 2 PM
    • Tuesday, February 6
      10 AM – 2 PM
    • Wednesday, February 7
      10 AM – 2 PM
    • Thursday, February 8
      10 AM – 2 PM
    • Tuesday, February 13
      9:30 AM – 4 PM

Application support will not be provided during regular walk-in hours or at our 289 Fair Street location.


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