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DHA Project Based Wait List Opening 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. Pre-applications will NOT be provided until you have been pre-approved for a Reasonable Accommodation because of a disability or related condition that prevents you from equal access to the online pre-application process. Your accommodation request must be written, and must describe the reason why the on-line pre-application process prevents you from accessing the pre-application. The written request can be: Mailed to Malinda Smith, DHA, 711 E. Roosevelt Rd, Wheaton, IL 60187, or emailed to or faxed to 630-690-0702 Attn: Malinda.

This is not a request for any medical diagnosis, or medical records or request to prove any claimed disability or description of the same. Individuals with hearing/speech disabilities using TTD or TTY technology may call Illinois Relay Services for assistance.

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.