Section 8/HCV Waiting List


Effective April 10, 2013, South Portland Housing Authority, in conjunction with Portland Housing and Westbrook Housing, opened a combined Centralized Waiting List for the Housing Choice Voucher Section 8 Program. Other housing authorities throughout the state are also given the opportunity to use the system. The current list of participating agencies is as follows:

Auburn Housing Authority Maine State Housing Authority
Augusta Housing Authority MDI & Ellsworth Housing Authorities
Bangor Housing Authority The Housing Authority of the City of Old Town
Bath Housing Authority Portland Housing Authority
Biddeford Housing Authority Presque Isle Housing Authority
Brewer Housing Authority Sanford Housing Authority
Brunswick Housing Authority South Portland Housing Authority
Caribou Housing Agency Van Buren Housing Authority
Fort Fairfield Housing Authority Waterville Housing Authority
Lewiston Housing Authority Westbrook Housing

If you already applied for this program online or with one of the participating Housing Authorities, and are currently on the waiting list, you do not need to complete another application. If you are not sure, you may contact one of the participating Housing Authorities and they can check for you.

To complete an online application, please visit the Centralized Waiting List website at

From the CWL website, you can get more information about the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and the Maine Centralized Section 8/HCV Waiting List. You can also access our Applicant Portal to complete an online application, update your application, check your waiting list status, and even print an Application Receipt. To access the Applicant Portal from the website, click on “Applicant Log In” under the Quick Links on the right side of the screen.

The first time you login to the Maine CWL Applicant Portal, you will need to register for access. To do this, you must have your own email address. Your email address will be your Username. After you register, a temporary password will be emailed to you. Once you receive your temporary password, you will be able to log in to the Applicant Portal and you will be required to change your password. You can now complete your application online.

If you are unable to complete an online application, you can download an application directly from the CWL website, or you can pick up or call for an application from any of the participating Housing Authorities. Please fill out the entire application, sign it and return it to ONE of the participating Housing Authorities nearest you. Each participating Housing Authority accepts applications via mail or in person during normal business hours. Only ONE application per family will be accepted.  There is no need to go to more than one participating agency to submit an application. When the application is received, it will be checked and if any corrections are needed the application will be sent back to you. Once the corrected application is received your name will be placed on the Waiting List for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.  

We cannot tell where you stand on the Wait List or estimate the length of time before you are chosen from the Wait List for a Voucher. A lot of factors determine how names are selected from the list. Funding from HUD determines how many vouchers each of the Housing Authorities can issue. Some vouchers which come available can only be issued to persons with disabilities; veterans; or homeless persons for example.

The most important thing that you can do, while you wait for a Voucher, is keep your information updated.  You can update your application through the Applicant Portal at If you are unable to access your application online, you can fill out the Change Form to report a new home address or mailing address, phone number, or change a Preference. This form can be downloaded from our website, picked up at or be mailed to you by any participating Housing Authority. Write down the change and get it back to the Housing Authority.

If the Housing Authority can’t reach you by mail when your name comes up, your application will be made inactive, and you will have to apply again.