What are Housing Choice Vouchers?

Administered by your local housing authority, Section 8 or Housing Choice Voucher program helps low-income households to pay for house rent. Depending on where you live, each housing authority has different preferences, requirements, and services.

The difference between tenant-based and project-based Section 8

Tenant-Based Housing Choice Voucher program is attached to the tenant. When you decide to move, the housing assistance can move with you.

Project-Based Section 8 is connected to a specific property. Moving into a property that participates in the Project-Based Section 8 Program, gets you the same type of financial assistance as with a voucher. But if you move out, it stays with the property and the benefits will go to the next resident of that home.

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Finding Out If You Qualify for the Housing Choice Vouchers Program

Meeting all the basic qualifications

  • United States citizen or a noncitizen who has eligible immigration status.
  • at least 18 years old
  • Single, or households with or without children.

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) commonly refers to a household as a “family.” You do not have to be related to all the members of your household to apply for housing assistance. A “family,” according to HUD, consists of one or more persons. Children are not requirements to be considered a “family.”

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What Happens Once You Have Your Section 8 Voucher

Excited to check out housing units? Before you go looking for one, it is important to know what the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations or policies are.

The monthly rent of the unit must meet the housing authority’s Payment Standards. Payment Standards are the maximum rent a household may pay with their voucher monthly. Find out what the Payment Standards are for your area by visiting the housing authority’s website. Contact the office if they do not have a website or this information is not available online.

Next, is the inspection. The local housing authority inspects and approves all units to comply with HUD’s housing standards...

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