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DuPage Housing Authority Project Based (PBV) Wait List will open March 6, 2024. 

The DuPage Housing Authority (DHA) is opening the Project-Based Voucher (PBV) waitlists on March 6, 2024, providing housing options for low to moderate-income individuals and families in DuPage County. The waitlists will remain open until 10:30am on April 3, 2024.

Housing Options: DHA's PBV locations offer diverse housing, catering to individuals, families, seniors (62 and older), and those with developmental disabilities. The PBV Wait Lists open periodically based on funding availability.

Application Details:

  • Application Period: Waitlists will be open from 10:30am (CST) March 6, 2024, until 10:30am (CST) April 3, 2024
  • Online applications through RENTCafe account.
  • No cost for pre-application.
  • Beware of scams; DHA does not ask for payment or personal information.
  • Selection will be via random lottery, not first come first placed. 300 applicants will be selected for each waitlist.


Eligibility: Applicants must meet property-specific criteria and submit an online application, indicating eligible PBV sites.

Reasonable Accommodation: Written requests for accommodation due to a disability preventing online application access are accepted, subject to approval.

Application Submission:

  • Only online submissions accepted.
  • Internet access available at public libraries; DHA office not equipped for submissions.
  • Applications reviewed based on completion date and time.

User Account Creation:

  • Existing RENTCafe users need not create new accounts.
  • New users must create accounts before the wait list opens.
  • Technical assistance is available through

Preparation for Wait List Opening: Sensitive information in the pre-application will be stored securely in a user account, accessible only by the applicant and DHA.

Verification of Existing Account: Respond to specific questions to determine if a RENTCafe account exists; create one if necessary.

Password Retrieval: Forgot password options available on the login screen.

Recommended Action: Create a RENTCafe account before the PBV Wait Lists open on March 6, 2024, at 10:30am (CST).

Account Creation Steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Click 'APPLICANT CAFÉ' for RENTCafe Login.
  3. Select 'Click here to register.'
  4. Enter email and create a password (min. 10 characters, including upper case, lower case, number, symbol).
  5. Confirm account creation via email.

Note: Log in to RENTCafe account on March 6, 2024, at 10:30 am (CST) to submit the pre-application.

Stay tuned for additional information.


DuPage and Kendall Housing Authority Notice of Privacy Practices, click here


How to Reset Password-CLICK HERE

When Email is used with Another Rent Cafe Account-CLICK HERE

How to Access the Application-CLICK HERE

The RHSP DHA waitlist closed Sept. 7, 2022.
The DHA HCV waitlist closed May 10, 2022.
The Project Based Vouchers (Seniors & housing in collaboration with Social Service Agency Providers) closed March 31, 2022. 
The MainStream wait list (non-elderly with disabilities)(May 4, 2021) is CLOSED.
The Senior Wait List (May 4, 2021) is CLOSED.
The Project Based Wait List (Nov. 10, 2020) is CLOSED.The Housing Choice Voucher Wait List (March 5, 2019) is Closed. 

Future Openings:
See news above.

To read about PREFERENCES click here

Wait List Pre-Applicants


When will you be called from the wait list? No time frame can be given at this time as so many factors affect how quickly we can serve the current applicants on our current wait list. Our timelines are dependent on funding and the number of people who exit the program that we are currently serving.

What is my position/number?
Please use the username and password (created at the time you applied) to access your account from our Applicant Housing Café. Your number indicates the number of people we must serve before we are able to call your name.

How do I update my information?
Use the username/password you created at the time of applying to access your account information from our Applicant Housing Cafe. Select the Apply/Update Application button to open your application. Proceed through the screens to update any information on your application. You must proceed through all the screens until the end, where you will be asked to save it. If you forgot your username/password, contact the Compliance Dept.  630-593-8203 (Andrew) for assistance. 

Who Is a Person with a Disability Click here


If a preference no longer applies to the applicant, it is their responsibility to remove it from their Café Account as all preferences will be verified upon coming off the wait list. If any applicant is unable to verify a preference they select, or found ineligible for a preference they select, the preference points for any non-qualified preference will be deducted and the pre-application will be returned to the wait list. The list will then be re-ordered to move the applicant to their qualified position based on any remaining preferences, then on date/time of application. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON PREFERENCES

In order for a family to be eligible for the HCV program and receive assistance they must meet the requirements below.

DHA Income Limits 
Households must meet income limits established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to be eligible for the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Income limits are subject to change without notice. 

Criminal History
DHA requests a criminal background check for all household members 18 years of age and older for any criminal records. Applicants may be denied eligibility due to their criminal records.

DHA will deny eligibility to an Applicant owing money to DHA or another housing authority if the debt is not repaid.

Citizenship or Eligible Immigrant Status
Assistance is limited to U.S. citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status.