Apply for Housing

To apply for conventional Public Housing or Section 8, an individual must complete an application at the Chester Housing Authority Main Office located at 2678 Dawson Drive, Building 100 or can be downloaded and printed from links below. Persons with disabilities who require a reasonable accommodation in completing an application may call the Chester Housing Authority to make special arrangements.


Due to the demand for housing, the Chester Housing Authority will take applications one day only. the date will be posted here on the website's home page, within our offices and public notice is given via the local newspaper. We do not have an open enrollment at this time.

The application process involves two phases:

First phase: The initial application for housing assistance or the pre-application. The pre-application requires the family to provide limited basic information establishing any preferences to which they may be entitled. This phase determines the family’s placement on the waiting list.


Upon receipt of the pre-application, the Chester Housing Authority will make a preliminary determination of eligibility. The Chester Housing Authority will notify the family in writing of the date and time of placement on the waiting list, and the approximate wait before housing may be offered. If the Chester Housing Authority determines the family to be ineligible, the notice will state the reasons of ineligibility and will offer the family the opportunity of an informal review of the determination.

The applicant may update their application at any time to report changes in their applicant status. The Chester Housing Authority will note the applicant’s file and update their place on the waiting list. Confirmation of the changes will be confirmed with the family in writing.


Second phase: The final determination of eligibility or the full application. The full application takes place when the family nears the top of the waiting list. The Chester Housing Authority will ensure that verification of all preferences, eligibility, suitability and selection factors are current in order to determine the family’s final eligibility for admission in the Public Housing or Section 8 Programs.


For more information about the application process, please call (803) 581-6981.


Applicants can also fill out the application for housing online. 


Click BELOW to fill out the application online.  Downloading the form requires Adobe Acrobat.  To download a free copy of this software, visit http:/

IMPORTANT: Applications must be fully filled out and all information provided in order to establish your priority on the waiting list.  Otherwise they will be returned and you will be listed when all of the information is present.