How to Apply for HUD in Tennessee

by Maya Walker

The HUD program in Tennessee provides rental assistance to low-income qualified families. Rental assistance can pay up to 70 percent of your monthly rent. The amount of assistance a family receives from the HUD program in Tennessee depends on the family's monthly income and resources. Families are given a housing voucher for an approved amount to find a qualified home. Applicants to the HUD program must submit a pre-application to be placed on a waiting list for assistance.

Gather your personal and income information. You need the Social Security numbers and birth dates for everyone you are requesting assistance for. You also need proof of your income. Pay stubs, W-2 forms or a tax return can be used to complete the HUD application.

Access the website for the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA). The agency oversees the housing program within the state of Tennessee.

Fill out the pre-application for HUD. The pre-application is available on the THDA's website. If there are any openings or a waiting list in a county available to apply for, the pre-application is available. If there are none, the pre-application is not accessible. The application asks for details such as your personal and income information.

Check the pre-application for errors and blanks. Do not leave any fields on the application blank. If you notice any errors, correct those immediately.

Submit the pre-application to the THDA for processing.

Print the confirmation page. The confirmation number for your pre-application is on this page. If you do not receive a confirmation page when you submit the pre-application, contact the field office that processes the applications in your county.

Wait for the eligibility determination letter. The THDA sends the letter to families that are near the top of the waiting list. You may be asked to provide proof of income and personal information for the members of your household.

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Items you will need

  • Social Security number
  • 1099 forms
  • W-2 forms
  • Tax return


  • If you move while you are on the waiting list, it is your responsibility to provide the field office with written notice of your new address. If you do not, you may be at risk of being dropped from the waiting list.
  • The amount of time you spend on the waiting list can vary, sometimes taking several years before you receive rental assistance.
  • You should receive requests for updates from the THDA periodically while you are on the waiting list. Return the update form as soon as possible. Failure to do so can result in being removed from the waiting list.

About the Author

Maya Walker began writing professionally in 2008. Her articles have appeared on a variety of websites, covering technology, personal finance, music and health topics. Walker is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English at Stephen F. Austin University in Texas.

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