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Applying for Public Housing assistance online is a free, quick, easy and secure way to submit a pre-application.

Please note: Applying for Low-income Public Housing is always free. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), who funds the program, does not allow any agency to charge a family to apply. Beware of websites that charge a fee to apply for the housing program. These websites are not affiliated with the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) or the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The only way to apply for MDHA housing is through MDHA’s official website.

Apply ONLINE for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers Starting Wednesday September 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM (Noon) CDT.


MDHA will be accepting applications for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, beginning September 13 at 12:00 PM (Noon) CDT through September 19 at 3:00 pm – ONLINE ONLY. Paper applications will not be accepted, unless necessary as a reasonable accommodation for a person with a disability.


The online application will be available beginning at Noon on September 13th at www.nashville-mdha.orgApplicants will need to register a unique User Name and Password and have a valid email address. Please review the User Name and Password instructions below before you start your initial registration process. Once an application is submitted, an email confirming the application has been received will be sent.

  • User Name Instructions
A User Name is a unique name that you define for each online application you enter based on your specific email address used for registration. The User Name defaults to your email address and can be changed. You must create a unique User Name for each online application if you are entering multiple online applications for many individuals.

User Name Example 1:

I’m an individual and I want to be on the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) waiting list. I can use my email address for my User Name, but I can also define my User Name to be a specific name relating to my online application. Example: My name is Jane Doe and I’m applying for the HCV (Section 8) 2017 waiting list. So, I’ve decided to make my User Name be janedoeapp20170913. This unique User Name will always be associated with my Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) 2017 Waiting List online application that I entered on 9/13/2017.

User Name Example 2:

I’m a social worker and I’m entering many online applications for my clients who do not have an email address or access to a computer. I can enter my email address for each online application, but I must create a unique User Name for each online application that I enter.

  • Password Instructions

A password must be a minimum of 10 characters long and must contain all of the following: One lowercase letter, one uppercase letter, one number and one symbol (@, #, $, %, &, etc.).


For anyone needing access to a computer or assistance in completing an online application, a limited number of computers will be available along with MDHA staff at the MDHA Randee Rogers Training Center 1419 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208 on Thursday September 14th and Friday September 15th from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Assistance is also being provided by Catholic Charities of Tennessee at their C.E. McGruder Family Resource Center 2013 25th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208 from 9am-4pm during this open application period (The center is closed on the weekend). Their phone number is (615) 291-4513. You may also visit a public library to access a computer.


There will be no computers or staff available to assist at our 620 Dew St. office on any day.


All applications submitted between Noon on September 13th and 3:00 pm on September 19th have an equal chance of being placed near the top of the waiting list. More information on how the application process works will be available when the online application is submitted.

If you need assistance with language interpretation or other accommodations or services, please call (615) 782-3960. If you have any questions, please email your questions to

Through the Section 8 HCV Program, low-income individuals and families pay between 30 and 40 percent of their adjusted income, or a minimum of $50 towards their rent and utilities, and MDHA pays the landlord the difference. The program allows property owners to receive fair market value for their units, while providing individuals and families an affordable place to live. In order to qualify, participants must make less than 50 percent of area median income, which equals $24,050 for an individual and $34,350 for a family of four.

Important Reminder: Please keep your contact information updated when it changes. You can revisit the MDHA RENTCafe portal at any time to update your contact information. Simply log in with your User Name and Password and update your contact information located within your RENTCafe user profile.

In order to apply online, you will need to register a User Name and Password by clicking on the "Click here to register" button below to start the registration process. You must also have a valid e-mail address. If you have already registered and need to continue completing your application or update your contact information, log in with your User Name and Password below.

New Applications are not being accepted at this time. However, you can update your contact information on your active Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) application by logging in below with your User Name and Password.

Note to Mobile Device Users: When you click on a button or check box during this application process, your web browser screen may shift up or down at times. If this occurs, you may need to adjust your web browser screen by scrolling up or down to continue the application process.

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With a free account, you can:

  • Save your application and log in at any time to continue.
  • Check the status of your applications.
  • Use your account with multiple applications.
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