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The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the major rental assistance program helping very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to rent decent, safe, and affordable housing in the private market.

Housing Data Link of Maine, LLC, a partnership between Portland Housing Authority, South Portland Housing Authority and Westbrook Housing, opened The Maine Centralized Section 8/HCV Waiting List on April 10, 2013 in accordance with provisions contained in the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended. Since its inception, these housing authorities have been using this list. Other housing authorities throughout the state are also given the opportunity to use the system and are added to the list of participating agencies as they join.

Currently, there are twenty (20) participating housing authorities that are using this system.

All applicant information entered into this list can be accessed and updated by any and all participating housing authorities. Waiting list information is secure and accessed only by authorized housing authority staff. The Maine Centralized Section 8/HCV Waiting List will remain open indefinitely. The waiting list is typically purged every 3 years. For more information on what you should do when the purge is conducted, see the Waiting List Update page.

Each participating housing authority accepts applications via our online form, mail, or in person. Applicants DO NOT need to apply more than once. See How To Apply to learn more.

The housing authorities have not been issued any additional housing choice vouchers by HUD. Vouchers will be issued by each housing authority based on their turnovers and their preferences and priorities for their local HCV. For more information about the HCV, visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Call any housing authority on the list of participating authorities or read our FAQ.