Frequently Asked Questions
- Am I eligible for Section 8 housing?
Section 8 eligibility requirements may depend on your income, family size, and local market factors.
- How do I apply for Section 8 assistance?
A good starting point to apply for section 8 is to contact your local housing agency.
- How much rent will Section 8 cover?
This will be determined by your family size and available income.
- How do I accept Section 8 as a landlord?
Contact your local housing authority and let them know you would like to make your rental available to the Section 8 Voucher Program.
Housing search resources
- Statistics about Section 8 and Affordable Housing
How many people are on the Section 8 Housing Voucher Program? How common is subsidized housing in the United States? Take a look at our affordable housing statistics.
- Section 8 FAQ for Renters and Landlords.
Our Section 8 Housing FAQ answers some commonly asked questions from tenants and landlords.
- Other Useful Affordable Housing Resources
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What is the Section 8 Voucher Program and Affordable Housing
Section 8: The Housing Choice Voucher Program, which often is called Section 8 Voucher Program, is a federal assistance program that offers subsidized housing options in the private market to very low-income families and individuals. Program funding is supplied by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, to local public housing agencies (PHA), which determine eligibility at the local level. PHAs provide Section 8 assistance to eligible people who need help in affording a suitable place to live and/or raise their family.
According to the HUD website, people who qualify "are free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units in subsidized housing projects." Landlords are compensated through the Section 8 subsidy, which is provided by the local housing agency. The family or individual pays the difference between the full cost of housing and the subsidy that's paid out. According to HUD, annual gross income and family size help to determine program eligibility, as well as immediate housing needs like homelessness.
Affordable Housing: As noted above, Section 8 assistance is a way to make housing in the U.S. more affordable. Housing normally is considered "affordable housing" when a particular household does not have to pay more than 30 percent of its gross annual income on it. That percentile generally allows financial room to cover the costs of clothing, food, and other living necessities, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD. However, if the cost of housing does exceed approximately 30 percent of annual income, then the housing may become "unaffordable."
Subsidy programs like Section 8 can help make housing more affordable, specifically for families and individuals who are low-income. There are several federal programs, including the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which are charged with helping to bolster the amount of affordable housing and accessibility to it. Public housing, which is owned by the government or local agency, is considered a type of affordable housing. HUD often provides funding for public housing.