Housing and Other Services

You will also want to connect with JFS for any services they can provide.

There are a couple of options to consider when it comes to looking for housing. The two major types of government-funded housing are subsidized housing and Section 8 housing. For subsidized housing, all you need to do is apply at the apartment complex or property management office. For Section 8, you must apply for a voucher at the Housing Authority (HA). After you are granted a voucher, you can then go to any apartment complex that accepts vouchers and apply for residency there. It should be noted that the waiting list to receive a voucher can be long – often up to a year. Many times it is advised to apply to more than one HA. Each HA will have an up-to-date list of all Section 8 buildings that you can apply to.

Cincinnati HA

Covington HA

Newport HA

To Apply for Section 8:

  1. Names of all persons who would be living in the unit, their sex, date of birth, and relationship to the family head;
  2. Your present address and telephone number;
  3. Family characteristics (e.g., veteran) or circumstances (e.g., living in substandard housing) that might qualify the family for tenant selection preferences;
  4. Names and addresses of your current and previous landlords for information about your family’s suitability as a tenant;
  5. An estimate of your family’s anticipated income for the next twelve months and the sources of that income;
  6. The names and addresses of employers, banks, and any other information the HA would need to verify your income and deductions, and to verify the family composition.

List of Section 8 Apartments

Cambridge Square
101 Promontory Dr
Covington, KY 41072
Fay Apartments
3710 President Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45225
Brookstone Properties
Brookstone owns several Section 8 and subsidized buildings. Applications are accepted on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am-4pm at their office at 1321 Vine Street, Cincinnati and on Wednesdays from 9am- 12pm at 652 State Ave Cincinnati, OH 45204
Apex Properties
4851 Paddock Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45237
Owns many Section 8 buildings. Can come in and apply anytime M-F from 8am- 6pm.

List of Subsidized Apartments

Alms Hill Apartments
2525 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Accepts applications Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-2pm.

Centennial Estates Cooperation
9801 Mangham Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45215
Must make appointment to apply. Application can be sent in mail to applicant or can be picked up.

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing
1635 Western Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45214
Application is online. Can be dropped off M-F from 8am-4:30pm. They will then be put on a waiting list for public housing.

Ebcon Inc.
Call office and they will mail an application out.

Hidden Meadow Townhomes
2333 Hidden Meadow Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45231

Page Tower
619 Central Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Documents to bring when applying for an apartment:

  1. Picture IDs for everyone in the house that is of age to have one
  2. Birth certificates for all household members
  3. Social security cards or proof of legal US residency for all household members
  4. Proof of household income (paycheck stubs, SS/SSI verification letter)
  5. Police background checks for all household members (most landlords will run a background check on residents during the application process; just be aware you will have to sign a release form and pay a fee)
  6. Current landlord information
  7. Proof of all household assets (bank statements, real estate deeds, etc.)

Emergency Options

Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank

Lighthouse Youth Services

City Gospel Mission

The Swan House

Tender Mercies

Drop-Inn Center Shelter House

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati

Brighton Center

Fairhaven Rescue Mission

Heart House Inc.

Garden Street Transitional Home


Middletown Hope House

Anthony House


Mt. Airy Shelter


Over-the-Rhine Community Housing

St. Francis-St, Joseph Catholic Worker House

Bethany House Homeless Shelter For Women and Children

Haven House

Hope House


Greater Cincinnati Interfaith Hospitality Network

Mercy-Franciscan at St. John’s Temporary Housing Program


Mercy-Franciscan at St. Raphael’s Temporary Housing


Salvation Army Family Service Bureau


Second Mile Ministry


Welcome House

St. Vincent DePaul

Catholic Social Services


Christ Church Cathedral

Community Action Agency

Daily Bread


Memorial Community Center


Public Utilities Commission (PUCO)

St. Michael Outreach


Salvation Army

Terrance Guild


Utility Assistance

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
Ohio Developmental Services Agency

Ohio Lifeline Telephone Discounts