How do I qualify for housing assistance?

The Housing Authority completes an eligibility check on every applicant. This includes income verification, criminal background, past rental history, and a credit check. Applicants must provide current photo identification for anyone 18 years of age or older and social security cards for every member of the household.

How long does it take to get a housing unit or receive a S8 voucher after applying?

Applications are date and time stamped when they are received. The Public Housing waiting list is compiled based on the bedroom size required by the family and the date and time of application. The Section 8 waiting list is also compiled according to date and time of application. At present, the wait time for a voucher is 6-8 months for residents within Salina city limits.

I am being evicted from my home. Can I come in and receive immediate assistance? 

We are not funded for emergency housing assistance. Please contact 211 for additional assistance in accessing resources regarding emergency housing assistance.

Are there housing preferences?

The Housing Authority provides preferences for those who are homeless and living in a homeless shelter. Preference also goes to families or individuals who live or work withing the city of Salina, KS. Applicants applying outside of Salina city limits may experience a longer wait time.

Do I have to be working with a case manager in order to receive Shelter Plus Care or VASH? 

Yes. Case management is a important part of Shelter Plus Care and VASH is maintaining housing and addressing your needs.  Both programs require referrals to be made by a case manager. Applications for Shelter Plus Care or VASH can only be accessed through supporting agencies.

LL-Section 8 information

S8 HQS Extension

S8 HQS Good Place to Live

S8 HQS Brochure

S8 Direct Deposit


S8 lead brochure